After waiting in the middle of a thunderstorm worrying if a game would be played, I was able to catch Bronxville’s 20-6 win over Briarcliff on Wednesday. I recently moved the Broncos into my overall top 10, and I got to see first-hand the offensive depth they have. My game story, along with a photo gallery and video highlights, can be read below.
In other news, two Broncos, Ellie Walsh and Allie Berkery, were named to the Hudson Valley U.S. National Team that will compete at Lehigh University in May. In addition, Grace Randall was named an alternate.
Also, the New York State Sportswriters Association released their first ranking of the year. Fourteen Section 1 teams are represented between the three classes.
One last thing: I plan on being at Suffern tomorrow to catch their game against Section 8’s Manhassat, one of the top teams in the state. Big opportunity for the Mounties to get a statement win.
BRIARCLIFF MANOR – After arriving at Briarcliff High School less than 20 minutes before the start time due to a thunderstorm, Bronxville was uncharacteristically sloppy to start the match, quickly finding themselves down two goals to the hosts.
A timeout from coach Sharon Robinson got the defending Class C champs re-focused, and the Broncos ripped off eight straight goals on their way to a commanding 20-6 win.
“We just came out flat, but at the timeout, we were able to take a deep breath and relax,” Bronxville sophomore Mason Warble said.
During the eight-goal run, Bronxville got goals from five different players: Lucy Hanrahan (two), Warble (two), Ellie Walsh, Allie Berkery, and Caroline Cahaney.
“On any given day, and of the seven can step up,” coach Robinson said of her offense. “They all play very well together.”
After Briarcliff’s Nicole Nero ended the Bears’ goal drought with 2:33 left in the first half, Warble completed her hat trick five seconds before halftime to give Bronxville a 9-3 lead.
“Our game plan was to slow down the fast break and winning draw controls,” Briarcliff coach Jessica McDonagh said. “We stopped following the game plan and started to freelance. It hurt us.”
Bronxville’s Beth Finley and Briarcliff’s Jordana Cohen exchanged goals in the opening three minutes of the second half, but Bronxville went on four-goal run to take a 13-4 lead and effectively put the game out of reach.
With the win, Bronxville improves to 9-1, with the only loss coming against Long Island school North Shore. With dominating wins such as on Wednesday, the Broncos look like a heavy favorite to repeat for the sectional title.
“I think every game we go to, teams want to beat us,” Berkery said. “But we always come out ready to play.”
Warble led Bronxville with six goals, Hanrahan had four goals and two assists and Cahaney added two goals and four assists.
For Briarcliff, Nero and Cohen both finished with two goals, while Lexi Grasso had a goal and two assists. After starting the season 5-0, the Bears have now lost four straight.
“We tried our best, but our mistakes hurt us the most,” Grasso said. “We can win against top teams, we have the ability to win these games.”
Frank Beccera’s photo gallery can be seen here.
Scoreboard for 4/22
Scarsdale 16, New Rochelle 2
For Scarsdale, Sarah Mehlman had five goals and an assist, Eliza Brosgal had three goals, while Erin Nicholas, Jilly Mehlman and Amanda Shuster all had two-goal games.
Holy Child 15, St. Luke’s 4
For Holy Child, Madison Warne had four goals and two assists, Lila Pfohl had two goals and two assists, while Charlotte Brosnan and Molly Mackie both had two-goal, one-assist games.
Dobbs Ferry 12, Ardsley 8
For Dobbs Ferry, Julianne Cornell had four goals, Emily Bohl had three goals and two assists, Olivia Smith had three goals and an assist and Camille Rapay made 14 saves. For Ardsley, Colleen Muldoon had four goals and two assists, Bobbi Meyer had two goals and Kruti Sutaria made seven saves.
Hackley 18, Dalton 7
For Hackley, Sammy Mueller had five goals and two assists, Amanda Rosenstein had four goals and three assists, Alex Meyer had two goals and an assist and Sofie Alabaster and Kat Cucullo both scored twice.
Lakeland/Panas 16, Ossining 11
For Lakeland/Panas, Molly Fitzpatrick had five goals and an assist, Dana Bozek had four goals and two assists, Katie Bradbury had three goals and an assist and Alex Halpin made 12 saves. For Ossining, Abby Squirrell and Gabby Hagerman both had four-goal games, while Stefanie Svoboda had a goal and an assist.
Rye 11, Byram Hills 10
For Rye, Abby Abate had four goals and Charlotte Tucci and Molly DeCaro both had two-goal, one-assist games. For Byram Hills, Noelle Love had four goals and two assists while Raquel Gaudio had two goals and five assists.
Eastchester 17, Pelham 15
For Eastchester, Jordyn DiCostanzo had four goals and two assists, Erin Ahern and Emme DiPasquale both had four-goal games, and Clarissa Mejia scored three goals.
Mahopac 19, Lourdes 3
For Mahopac, Kim Harker had five goals and two assists, Kelly Maxwell had two goals and an assist, while Alyssa Kirby and Vicky Moundroukas both scored twice. Danielle Keenan scored all three goals for Lourdes.
White Plains 11, Ursuline 3
For White Plains, Kali Peeples had five goals, Shannon Lynch had three goals and Maryclare O’Meara had a goal and three assists. For Ursuline, Kelly Felicetta, Erin Marchini and Julianna Sullivan all had one goal each.
Yorktown 10, Fox Lane 5
Bronxville 20, Briarcliff 6
Edgemont at Irvington, ppd.
Pawling at Beacon, ppd.
Schedule for 4/23
Clarkstown North at North Rockland, 4:15 p.m.
Eastchester at Harrison, 4:15 p.m.
Valhalla at Rye Neck, 4:15 p.m.
Pleasantville at Ossining, 4:15 p.m.
Beacon at North Salem, 4:30 p.m.
John Jay Cross River at Horace Greeley, 4:30 p.m.
Yonkers at Pawling, 4:30 p.m.
Dobbs Ferry at Blind Brook, 4:30 p.m.
Manhassat at Suffern, 5 p.m.
Photos by Frank Becerra Jr./The Journal News