VIDEO: Bronxville senior Gretchen Richter
CORTLAND It took all of five seconds for Section 8’s Cold Spring Harbor to introduce itself to Bronxville in the Class C state semifinal.
That’s how long it took sophomore Samantha Debeilis to score the Seahawks’ first goal in Friday’s game at SUNY Cortland.
It was that type of day for Cold Spring Harbor, who thrived in transition, as they topped the Broncos 16-4 to advance to the state championship game for the first time in program history.
“I don’t think we were expecting that kind of speed,” said Bronxville senior Gretchen Richter, who scored a goal, the 200th of her career, in the loss. “Our transition was never really ready for that.”
Bronxville had no answer for the Seahawks’ counter attack, which helped them build an 8-2 lead at halftime. Debeilis, who is committed to Duke, led the way with six goals and an assist in the first half alone.
In addition to Cold Spring Harbor’s ability to get the ball up the field quickly, the Seahawks’ defense was able to stand tall. The Broncos (12-8-2) were held scoreless for nearly 25 minutes as Cold Spring Harbor (14-5) went on a 6-0 run to build a 10-2 lead with 20:05 remaining in the game.
Bronxville had plenty of possessions, but struggled to break down Cold Spring Harbor’s defense and beat Seahawks goalie Haley Crosson (six saves).
“We had possession, and we won more draws than they did, so the score should not have been as lopsided as it was,” Bronxville coach Sharon Robinson said. “We weren’t able to generate good shots.”
Bronxville’s Mason Warble was named to the all-tournament team while Chase Judkins received the NYS Good Sport award.
While the end result was not what Bronxville was looking for, the Broncos had an optimistic view on their first trip to the state semifinals in program history.
“A lot of us, obviously, were upset with the outcome, but I’m just so proud of everyone for how far we made it,” Richter said. “I think everyone really realizes how big of an accomplishment that is. Win or lose our heads were going to be up either way, and we knew that coming into the game.”
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