I stopped off at Pleasantville yesterday and saw Pearl River hold off a Panthers comeback in a 13-9 win. My gamer, along with the day’s scoreboard, can be read below.
PLEASANTVILLE – Coming into Friday, Pearl River was on a bit of a winless streak, having tied with Rye and Byram Hills in the last two games.
That experience playing against bigger schools, as well as the rivalry that has developed with Pleasantville, a team that the Pirates defeated 15-14 in last year’s sectional semifinal, helped Pearl River stave off a Pleasantville comeback in a 13-9 win.
“We’ve been speaking to them the last few days about what it means to grind it out,” Pearl River coach Diana Gillule said. “At practice yesterday, I think they finally figured that out a little bit.”
Pearl River scored twice in the opening minute, and managed to build up a six-goal lead with around nine minutes left in the first half. However, Pleasantville managed to score the final three goals of the half to cut the deficit down to 9-6 by halftime.
Pleasantville continued its momentum in the second half. Junior Nicole DiFabio scored off of a free position four minutes in, junior Lauren Schmidt followed that up with a free position goal 1:30 later, and DiFabio scored again off of a free position with 18:43 to tie the game at nine.
“We kept positivity throughout the entire game and just thinking about how much we want this win,” DiFabio said. “The positivity all-around was definitely important.”
Playing through a short rain shower, Pearl River junior Margaret Buhrmeister scored off of a free position at the 17:03 mark to put the Pirates back up, and they would keep the lead for good.
“We tied our last two games, to win now is a good feeling and we really needed it,” Buhrmeister said. “We had each others’ backs, and in the end, that helped us.”
Senior Maggie Davin led Pearl River with four goals and two assists, Buhrmeister had three goals and Courtney Ocasal had two goals and an assist.
“It means a lot because we had a big rivalry with them last year,” Davin, who had three goals in the first half, said of the win. “We showed all the Westchester teams that we are out here to play. We’re a small school, but we can compete with the best of them.”
For Pleasantville, DiFabio had four goals, while senior Nancy Howe scored twice.
“I definitely would love to see them in the sectionals again and hopefully get that win on them,” DiFabio said of Pearl River. “We showed today that we can stick with them and if we play them again, we’ll know what to do.”
Scoreboard for 4/10
Hackley 14, Fieldston 5
For Hackley, Sammy Mueller had six goals, including the 100th of her career, and two assists. Amanda Rosenstein had four goals and an assist, and Ijeoma Nwokorie made 15 saves in net.
Rye 16, Pelham 3
For Rye, Caroline Hyland and Amanda Hartzell had three goals each.
Carmel 13, Lourdes 10
Caitlin Murphy had six goals for Carmel.
New Rochelle 15, Nanuet 13
For New Rochelle, Zoe Steffenson had five goals and Shannon Maguire had three goals. For Nanuet, Kayla McCabe had three goals and an assist and Kiera Young had three goals.
Irvington 13, Dobbs Ferry 9
For Irvington, Mallory Toolan had seven goals and Emma DeRose scored twice.
Holy Child 18, Chapin 8
For Holy Child, Madison Warne had four goals and five assists, Julia Pfohl had five goals and two assists and Lily Dennis had two goals and an assist.
Westlake 12, Croton-Harmon 9
For Westlake, Lauren Holzer had four goals and an assist and Katherine Sanders had two goals and an assist.
Arlington 15, Putnam Valley 9
For Arlington, Abby Carlin had four goals and Jenny Caoili had two goals and three assists. For Putnam Valley, Eva Rabson had five goals and an assist and Gina Valentino had two goals. The Poughkeepsie Journal’s game story, by A.J. Martelli, can be read here.
Somers 13, Mahopac 9
For Somers, Nicole DeMase and Gabby Rosenzweig both had four-goal, one-assist games. For Mahopac, Kim Harker had three goals and two assists and Gabby Light had three goals.
Bronxville 18, Valhalla 3
For Bronxville, Lilly Grass had three goals and four assists, Lucy Hanrahan had four goals and two assists and Mason Warble had four goals.
Lakeland/Panas 11, John Jay 11
For Lakeland/Panas, Katie Bradbury had seven goals and Molly Fitzpatrick had two goals and an assist. For John Jay, Amanda Flayhan had five goals and Dakota Adamec had three goals.
Tappan Zee 9, Albertus Magnus 8
Rye Country Day 13, Canterbury 9
Briarcliff 16, Blind Brook 9
Hastings 19, Rye Neck 8
Schedule for 4/11
Ward Melville at Yorktown, 10:30 a.m.
Putnam Valley at Somers, 11 a.m.
Rye Neck at Ardsley, 11 a.m.
North Rockland vs. Nyack at Maccalman Field, 11 a.m.
Ursuline at Ossining, 11 a.m.
Non-region opponent at Tappan Zee, 11 a.m.
Yonkers vs. Croton-Harmon at Spencer Field, 1 p.m.
Albertus Magnus at Edgemont, 2 p.m.
Brewster at Fox Lane, 3 p.m.
Wantagh vs. Suffern at Suffern Middle School, 5 p.m.
Mamaroneck at Rye, 6:45 p.m.