By S. Quinn DeJoy and J. Murrer
May 9, 2018: Monday was a busy day for the Bronxville athletic complex. Both the girls’ and boys’ varsity lacrosse teams were scheduled to play at the same time, the girls on Hayes Field and the boys on Chambers. It was a first for athletic director Karen Peterson, who had not scheduled two varsity games on the same day since the new field opened last year. “Hopefully the whistles don’t interfere with each other,” she said.
For parents Lisa and Dean Doukas and Helena and Peter McSherry, having the two games at Bronxville was a blessing. The Doukases have a child on each team. Luke, a sophomore, plays on the boys’ team, and Alex, a freshman, plays for the girls. The McSherrys’ children, Jack and Grace, also both play on the varsity teams.
L to R: Peter, Helena, Lisa, and Dean. Photo by S. Quinn DeJoy.
Lisa and Dean and Helena and Peter will often divide and conquer if their children have games on the same day, but on Monday they were able to stand on the top of the bleachers and keep an eye on both games.
"It's a celebration day for the two fields," said Dean. The Doukases were happy to be the recipients of the first "doubleheader" so they could watch and cheer for both Luke and Alex. Rotating stands might have helped out, but there was just a lot of twisting and turning.
The games ran concurrently, and at one point the scores were identical, with both Bronco teams trailing 5-4. There was even a moment in the first half when a Bronco girls' goal was answered by a Bronco boys' goal just 10 seconds later.
With all that activity on Hayes and Chamber Fields, it was a busy Monday for the snack bar. According to Athletic Council parent volunteer Laura Pettee, the Bronco Bar and Grill sold over 60 hot dogs.
It was Senior Day for the varsity boys' team, with fundraising for MainSprings. Seniors along with their parents were introduced prior to the game. Senior lacrosse players are Ryan Alberghine, Mac Crawford, George Daskalakis, Kevin Formato, Griffin Gelinas, Dylan James, Jack Kiefer, Will Maze, Jack McSherry, Nick O'Brien, and Alston Tarry.
Bronxville Lacrosse vs Fordham Prep. Photo by J. Murrer.
The Bronxville boys' team (No. 10) took on No. 3-ranked Fordham Prep. They kept pace with the Rams throughout the first half, matching goal for goal and trailed by just one at halftime. In the third quarter, the Broncos stumbled but tightened the score in the fourth to come within one goal, but the Rams just proved to be too much to handle. They defeated the Broncos 15-12.
Bronxville Lacrosse wins over Hackley 14-12. Photo by J. Murrer.
On adjacent Hayes Field, the girls had a first-half battle of their own. Like the boys, the girls' team scoring went back and forth until deep into the first half, but once the Broncos pulled away, they hung on to the lead for the rest of the game. Hackley had a run late in the second half with four unanswered goals, but the Bronco defense held on for a 14-12 victory.
The new Bronxville "athletic complex" worked out perfectly for the two varsity games. The noise from the whistles turned out to be no problem, and the dual games brought out lots of Bronco fans.
Photos at top: Action photos by J. Murrer; fan photo by S. Quinn DeJoy.