By Mike Zacchio
HILLBURN – The last time most fans at Thursday’s Section 1 Class C girls lacrosse final saw that many people chasing a white Bronco, they were watching OJ Simpson trying to evade police on television.
It wasn’t the former NFL star in a truck, but a plethora of Bronxville players in white uniforms running roughshod up and down the Torne Valley Sports Complex en route to a 17-10 stampede.
Bronxville routed Pearl River in a rematch of last year’s 16-10 final to defend its championship, but was a different kind of game than a year ago, even if the scoreboard disagrees.
“We run a backer now. Last year, we just ran a 1-v-1 defense, but now we run a backer and it’s gone very well,” said Broncos junior Lilly Grass, who finished with three goals and three assists. “I think (Pearl River) has honestly gotten a lot better since last year. We worked the ball a lot better.”
Leave it to the only player named Grass to have the best day on a turf field.
Having never won a section title prior to last year, Glass said Bronxville was essentially happy to be playing in the title game. This season, the pride to defend their title was on the line.
“Last year, we had never (won) before and we just wanted to make some history,” she said, “this year, we were like, ‘It’s our game. We’ve got to do it.'”
After Pearl River cut the deficit to three goals early in the second half, Glass manufactured three goals in a 34-second span, assisting sophomore Lucy Hanrahan‘s second goal of the game before scoring two of her own within the next 22 seconds.
Sophomore Mason Warble (four goals), Hanrahan (three) and freshman Allie Berkery (three) scored hat tricks for the Broncos, who will play five-time Section 9 champions Red Hook in the state regional semifinals on May 27 at Fox Lane.
Pearl River senior Maggie Davin paced the Pirates with four goals in her swan song.
“We knew we just had to play our game,” Warble said, “not think about whether we were defending or who we were playing, it’s just about playing our own game.”
Click here to see my photo gallery of the game.
(Photo by Adrian Szkolar/The Journal News)