Here is my colleague Brian Heyman’s story on Bronxville’s win over Albany Academy for its first regional title in program history.
HILLBURN A bunch of Bronxville girls lacrosse players raced across the Torne Valley turf toward coach Sharon Robinson for a happy hug.
The group that won the first section championship in program history had just won the first regional championship in program history and now was bound for new turf — the final four.
This historic season will resume at noon Friday at SUNY Cortland in the Class C state semis against the Long Island champ — the winner of Sunday’s game between Bayport-Blue Point and Cold Spring Harbor — because the Broncos showed Section 2 champ Albany Academy the tournament door Saturday with a 14-4 win.
“Obviously we’re pretty pumped up,” Robinson said after her team improved to 12-7-2. “The girls have been playing really well together as a team. Our seniors have really done a great job leading this team.”
Senior Gretchen Richter was just a 6-foot force out there, delivering five goals and two assists, and winning 10 draws.
“It’s a dream come true,” Richter said. “We never expected this, so it’s awesome.”
Senior Grace O’Toole and freshmen Mason Warble and Ellie Walsh also contributed with two goals apiece, and now Bronxville is two large steps away from first prize.
“If everyone puts in their best effort and we play the way we have been recently, I think we definitely have a shot,” O’Toole said.
By the time 3:31 had passed, the Broncos had shot out to a 3-0 lead and Richter owned a hat trick.
“I just know our team plays really well once the first goal hits the back of the net,” Richter said.
Warble hit the back of the net less than a minute later, and Bears coach Greg Giombetti called for time.
“We just never really showed up,” Giombetti said. “We never got going. … We couldn’t get draws.”
Bronxville ended up outscoring Albany Academy 7-2 in both halves.
“The girls are going to be excited to play, excited to experience the final four,” Robinson said. “… They really have a great time together, so we don’t want the season to end.”
Photo courtesy of Frank Becerra/Journal News.