By S. Quinn DeJoy and J. Murrer
Oct. 4. 2017: The Bronxville field hockey team (7-3-1) moved to No. 5 in the LoHud Power Rankings this week after securing big wins over No. 9 North Salem and No. 6 Scarsdale. It is a busy couple of weeks for the Broncos, who had three games last week and have three games this week.
The team started off last week with a tie game on grass at Croton Harmon, but on home turf last Wednesday, they beat previously undefeated North Salem, 3-0.
The Broncos in the game against North Salem. Photo by David Brashear.
The big game of the week, however, was at home on Thursday against Scarsdale. "We expected it to be a good game," said junior Bridget Sands. "We lost to them 4-1 earlier this season but since then have changed our defense around and have gained more experience."
When the Broncos took the field, they were hyped to win. The Raiders took a 1-0 lead early in the game, but for the remainder of the first half and deep into the second, neither team was able to score. With just ten minutes left, the Broncos tied the score on a Vance Wood goal, with an assist from Andrea Shephard. With just four minutes left, the Broncos took the lead when a shot from Shephard found the back of the net.
For the remaining minutes of the game, the stellar Bronco defense, including Hadley Barr, Bridget Sands, Grace McSherry, Claire Kraemer, and goalkeeper Katie Gordon, shut the Raiders down. Gordon had eight saves in the game.
The Bronco fans were thrilled when the Broncos scored the winning goal. They started cheering and did not stop until the final whistle.
"It felt like a playoff game," said Jen Ungvary, who has two girls on the team, Kat and Holly. "When the game was over, everyone was hugging and smiling. Every person in the game played the best I have ever seen them play."
It was a sweet victory for the Broncos, who have not beaten Scarsdale since 2012.
The Broncos have four games left in the regular season. They suffered a tough 1-0 loss to Valhalla on Monday but defeated Pawling 2-1 on Tuesday. The Broncos will play a league game at Edgemont tomorrow.
The 2017 girls' field hockey team. Photo by J. Murrer.
Football: The Broncos (3-2) defeated Irvington 34-7 in a game held at Chambers Field on Sunday. Quarterback Clarke Stephens completed 10 of 16 passes for 167 yards. Scoring for the Broncos were Ryan Alberghine, Damian Meehan, Tommy O'Connell, and Eddie Connors. The Broncos will face Valhalla in an away game on Saturday at 6:00 pm. Last week, Valhalla upset previously undefeated Pleasantville.
Girls' Soccer: The Class B Broncos (8-0-1) moved up to third place in the state in the latest New York State Sportswriters Association rankings. Catherine Faville and Rachael Peacock are among the scoring leaders in Section 1, according to LoHud's new soccer stats database (http://lohud.nydatabases.com/database/lohud-girls-soccer-stats-2017).
Boys' Soccer: The boys' team is 7-3 so far this season and ranked third in Class B behind North Salem (7-1) and Blind Brook (7-0-2). The team plays an away league game against Blind Brook today at 4:00 pm.
Girls' Tennis: The girls' tennis team improved to 9-1 on the season with three strong wins last week against Keio (5-2), Hastings (7-0), and Hackley (5-2). In a match held on Monday, the girls defeated Edgemont 4-3 and captured their fourth consecutive league title. The doubles teams have had great success and currently are 34-2 this season.
Members of the boys' cross country team. Photo by J. Murrer.
Boys' Cross Country: The Broncos had a great showing in the freshman race at the Fordham Prep Development Meet held on September 28. Ethan Waggoner won the race in a time of 9:23.8, seventh-grader John Ryan placed third (9:42.1), and Peter McSherry finished ninth (10.12.8). In the varsity race, Ashton Smith placed sixth (15.11.9), and Tim McGrath placed eighth (15.15.6).
Pictured at top (rotating): The Broncos in the game against North Salem (photo by David Brashear); (L to R) Hadley Barr (captain), Hannah Weirens (captain), Claire Kraemer (captain), Ava Austi, Kat Ungvary, and Katie Gordon (photo by Jen Ungvary).