Nichols suffered a 4-0 loss to Rye Country Day in the semifinals of the NYSAIS field hockey championships on Friday to end their season.
Vikings coach Beth Stone wasn’t happy with the final result, of course, but said that it was no disgrace to lose to such a talented team.
“They are extremely fast, and they have 12 seniors – a number of them are playing Division I next year,” she said. “We played really hard. They scored on three corners and one breakaway.”
Stone added that Rye Country Day was easily the best team Nichols played this season.
Nichols, which finished 10-5, was led by seniors Elizabeth Gorme and Lydia Gadner.
Aquinas is done
Aquinas Institute, a perennial Rochester high school football power, has lost its legal bid to overturn a Section V rule that prevents it from participating in postseason play in that sport.
Aquinas, the defending state champion, had won a quarterfinal game against Pittsford by a score of 37-20. However, Section V ruled that the game must be forfeited because quarterback Jake Zembiec had only played in two regular season contests before playing in the playoff game – one under the minimum.
State Supreme Court Justice J. Scott Odorisi upheld the decision, according to a report from the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle.
Pittsford thus moves on in the sectional tournament. It will play Rush-Henrietta today in the Class AA semifinals at Sahlen’s Stadium.
Zembiec, who is considered one of the top college prospects in the area, suffered a wrist injury during the season.
The state championships begin today in Latham, near Albany. The quarterfinals and semifinals will be held on Sunday, while medal matches will take place on Monday.
Haley Hollins of Orchard Park is the Section VI champion in singles, while Victoria VanEvery and Elizabeth Rowan of Southwestern are the doubles champions.