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Field Hockey (0-0-1)

John Jay 3 @ Pearl River 3
Friday, Sept. 6

John Jay fell behind early when the Pirates of Pearl River scored on two penalty strokes. But John Jay was able to rally in the second half.

“After making changes to our gameplay and lineup in the second half, the girls started gaining confidence in each other and played a more aggressive offensive game,” John Jay coach Debbi Walsh said. “This resulted in goals that tied the game. I was very pleased with our defense. It was a great way to start the season and keeps us optimistic for the next game.”

Annabel Brennan scored twice for John Jay while Faye Tobin had 1 goal. Morgan Burhance distributed 2 assists. Kate Mercer notched 1 assist. Goaltenders Ashleigh Brennan and Samantha Spieler split the game and made 2 saves each.

–Rob DiAntonio

Upcoming Schedule
• Tuesday, Sept. 10, John Jay @ Rye, 4:15 p.m.
• Thursday, Sept. 12, John Jay @ Nanuet, 4:30 p.m.
• Saturday, Sept. 14, John Jay vs. Harrison, 3 p.m.
• Monday, Sept. 16, John Jay vs. Horace Greeley, 4:15 p.m.
• Saturday, Sept. 21, John Jay @ Yorktown, 10 a.m.

Football (1-0)

John Jay 42 vs. Our Lady of Lourdes 21
Friday, Sept. 6

The defending Section 1 Class A champions didn’t skip a beat without their former star quarterback, Bryce Ford, who accounted 3,760 yards of offense a year ago, a Section 1 record.

In fact, it was Ford’s favorite receiving target, Luke Mercer, who replaced Ford at quarterback, leading the Indians to a convincing three-touchdown opening night win over Our Lady of Lourdes (Poughkeepsie).

Mercer (195 yards, 2 touchdowns) and running back Jon Connelly (89 yards, 2 touchdowns) led a strong rushing attack for John Jay. Mercer also threw another touchdown.

Connolly’s night “included a 57-yard long touchdown, which was a huge moment in the game for us,” said Joe Candarelli, offensive coach.

Lourdes rallied back from a 20-0 deficit, cutting the lead to 27-21. But John Jay pulled away in the fourth quarter.

Candarelli praised the performances of Mercer, Connolly and Shane Martinsen, who plays on both offensive and defensive lines.

Martinsen, the coach said, “helped lead a very young and inexperienced offensively to a very solid performance against a really stout Lourdes front six.”

Candarelli said Lourdes was a “really well-coached group.”

“We’re really happy to walk away with a win against a great program in Our Lady of Lourdes,” he said. “Good win for our kids.”

–Brian Marschhauser

Upcoming Schedule
• Friday, Sept. 13, John Jay vs. Hendrick Hudson, 6:30 p.m.
• Friday, Sept. 20, John Jay @ Brewster, 7 p.m.
• Friday, Sept. 27, John Jay @ Walter Panas, 7 p.m.
• Friday, Oct. 4, John Jay @ Lakeland, 7 p.m.
• Saturday, Oct. 12, John Jay vs. Beacon, 6 p.m.

Soccer (Boys) (1-1)

John Jay 1 @ Rye 4
Monday, Sept. 3

John Jay 6 vs. Roosevelt 2
Saturday, Sept. 7

John Jay’s season ended last year with a 2-0 defeat to Roosevelt in the Section 1 play-in game. So, Coach Chris Rietsch’s message was clear as the teams faced off on Saturday, Sept 7: “Don’t let that do anything but motivate you,” Rietsch told his players.

A 6-2 victory had the home team holding their heads high.

Striking first was Joseph Pink. The senior put a header passed the Roosevelt keeper with 33 minutes left in the game. The play seemed ready to go the other way until Josue Giron chased down the ball at the goal line and centered to the crease.

Roosevelt quickly answered, but John Jay’s speedy wingers had the visitors in pursuit all afternoon.

“We get it to our wings and have a lot of technical guys inside to score,” said Rumi Schemmerer, whose hustle set up Cole Fergusson’s third goal.

Pink assisted on Ferguson’s first goal to break the tie with 29:46 left. John Jay then went up two when the junior put back Aiden Oates’ shot on goal about 100 seconds later.

Roosevelt scored again to close the gap, 3-2, but the game was put out of reach with three more goals from Fergusson, Pink and Oates.

–Rich Monetti

Upcoming Schedule
• Monday, Sept. 9, John Jay @ Fox Lane, 4:30 p.m.
• Wednesday, Sept. 11, John Jay @ Nyack, 6 p.m.
• Saturday, Sept. 14, John Jay @ Lakeland, 6 p.m.
• Tuesday, Sept. 17, John Jay vs. Walter Panas, 4:30 p.m.
• Thursday, Sept. 19, John Jay vs. Roy C. Ketcham, 4:30 p.m.

Soccer (Girls) (3-0)

John Jay 7 vs. Beacon 0
Tuesday, Sept. 4

John Jay’s girls soccer squad, the defending Section 1 Class A champions, are off to a 3-0 start and have outscored their opponents 17-0 through three contests.

The Indians opened the season with a 7-0 win over visiting Beacon on Sept. 4.

Freshman Maddie Slogoff scored the first 2 goals of her varsity career. Mia DiChiara also had 2 goals. Charlotte Wilmoth and Brynn DiGuglielmo notched 1 goal and 1 assist apiece. Julia Rossi also scored a goal. Kelly Weis dished out 2 assists. Kaitlyn Weis, Sydney Bieber and Adeline Angelino had 1 assist each.

Goalies Caroline Ettlinger and Shannon Nolan combined for the shutout.

John Jay 3 vs. Yonkers 0
Thursday, Sept. 5

Two days later, the Indians defeated visiting Yonkers 3-0 behind goals from DiChiara, Kaitlyn Weis and Wilmoth.

John Jay 7 vs. Carmel 0
Saturday, Sept. 7

In its third straight home game to open the season, John Jay cruised past Carmel 7-0 on Sept. 7.

DiGuglielmo and DiChiara tallied 2 goals apiece. Kaitlyn Weis, Audrey Bond and Bieber netted 1 goal each.

–Rob DiAntonio

Upcoming Schedule
• Saturday, Sept. 14, John Jay @ Rye, 7 p.m.
• Wednesday, Sept. 18, John Jay vs. Somers, 4:30 p.m.
• Saturday, Sept. 21, John Jay @ Walter Panas, 1 p.m.
• Tuesday, Sept. 24, John Jay @ Yorktown, 6:15 p.m.
• Thursday, Sept. 26, John Jay @ Brewster, 5 p.m.

Swim (Girls)

Upcoming Schedule
Home meets at Lewisboro Town Park
• Monday, Sept. 9, John Jay/North Salem vs. Pelham, 4:30 p.m.
• Wednesday, Sept. 11, John Jay/North Salem vs. Sleepy Hollow, 4:45 p.m.
• Friday, Sept. 13, John Jay/North Salem vs. Fox Lane, 4:30 p.m.
• Thursday, Sept. 19, John Jay/North Salem @ White Plains, 4:30 p.m.
• Monday, Sept. 23, John Jay/North Salem @ White Plains, 4:30 p.m.

Tennis (Girls)

Upcoming Schedule
• Monday, Sept. 9, John Jay @ Horace Greeley, 4:15 p.m.
• Tuesday, Sept. 10, John Jay vs. @ Byram Hills, 4:15 p.m.
• Thursday, Sept. 12, John Jay vs. Rye, 4:15 p.m.
• Friday, Sept. 13, John Jay @ Fox Lane, 4:15 p.m.
• Monday, Sept. 16, John Jay vs. Kennedy Catholic, 5 p.m.

Volleyball (1-1)

John Jay 3 @ Lakeland 0
Tuesday, Sept. 3

John Jay opened the season with a straight-set sweep (25-19, 25-19, 25-20) of host Lakeland in a league match-up on Sept. 3.

Lakeland gained a 13-12 lead in the third set, but the Indians regained control. It was then tied 16-16 when Lily Preis floated a hit over the net to an open spot for a point, Bella Garcia recorded an ace and Preis crushed a kill, prompting a Lakeland timeout.

“We’ve had a couple of injuries,” said John Jay coach Tom Rizzotti. “Monday (Sept. 2) was the first day we had everyone in the gym together. The fact that we were able to take that little hiccup (in the third set) and roll with it and push was awesome. You always wonder how a new team is going to react under pressure and this team’s been cool-headed. They don’t overreact or panic and they’re ready for that next ball.”

Kira McMann scored two of the team’s final three points with kills to close out the game.

Preis led the way with 17 kills and 20 digs. McMann tallied 12 kills and two blocks. Allie Driesen and Taylor Hoffman dished out 17 and 16 assists, respectively.

“Today, we didn’t play as well as we had been playing,” Rizzotti said after the win over Lakeland. “It’ll be interesting to see when we start to really put it all together what this team’s going to look like.”

John Jay 2 vs. Hendrick Hudson 3
Thursday, Sept. 5

In what could be a playoff preview, John Jay’s volleyball team went to five sets with reigning Section 1 Class A champion, Hendrick Hudson, but fell 3-2 on Sept. 5 at home.

John Jay jumped out to a 2-1 lead, winning the first set 25-23 and third set by the same score. But the Indians dropped the final two sets: 25-18, 25-22.

Preis and McMann paced the Indians with 18 and 11 kills, respectively.

–Rob DiAntonio

Upcoming Schedule
• Wednesday, Sept. 11, John Jay @ Nyack, 4:30 p.m.
• Friday, Sept. 13, John Jay vs. Nanuet, 4:45 p.m.
• Saturday, Sept. 14, John Jay @ Smithtown East Tournament
• Tuesday, Sept. 17, John Jay vs. Walter Panas, 4:30 p.m.
• Thursday, Sept. 19, John Jay @ Somers, 4:30 p.m.

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