By S. Quinn DeJoy and J. Murrer
Jun. 13, 2018: It is not easy to make it to states. For teams, first there are the sectional playoffs, then the regional competition, and finally, the state tournament, where the four best teams in the state compete by school size. For individuals playing tennis or golf, the stakes are really high. These players compete against everyone in the section regardless of school size. Only the top players in each section head to states. The Bronxville Broncos were well represented at states this year in lacrosse, golf, tennis, and track.
The girls' lacrosse team, 18-5, won its fifth straight Section 1 and regional titles and advanced to states for the fifth consecutive year. They defeated Putnam Valley in the sectional finals, Section 9's Millbrook in the regional finals, and then headed to the state semifinals at SUNY Cortland last Friday, where they took on Section 5's Palmyra-Macedon.
The Broncos fared well in the state semifinal game, defeating Palmyra-Macedon, 14-5. The state final, however, was much more of a challenge. The Bronco offense, which scored an average of 13 goals per game this season, could not break through Mattituck-Southold's strong defense and lost the state final game to the Tuskers, 12-1.
"The semifinal game on Friday was amazing in that the girls played well up and down the field," said Coach Sharon Robinson. "We had a tough time on Saturday. Mattituck did a great job of maintaining possession and had the ball for 75% of the game. We had a hard time generating shots, and they played with very few mistakes."
At the state tournament, Fiona Jones was named MVP of the state semifinal game, and Allie Berkery, Isabel Sondey, and Grace Randall were named to the All-Tournament Team.
The Broncos lose seven seniors to graduation, including the entire starting defense in Nan Carpenter, Gabbie Amboss, Grace Randall, and Sally Reynolds. The team also loses Allie Berkery, who will play at Northwestern in college, and Ava Austi and Devin Portner, both attackers. While the team will miss the seniors, there are eighteen returning players, including eight freshmen.
Members of the team earned many awards in the post-season, including U.S. Lacrosse All-American honors for Allie Berkery and U.S. Lacrosse Academic All-American honors for Fiona Jones. Berkery, Jones, Sondey, and Randall earned All-Section honors, and Ava Austi, Victoria Ruffo, and Gabbie Amboss earned All-Section Honorable Mention honors. Nan Carpenter and Grace Randall both earned "Golden Dozen" awards for excellence on the lacrosse field, in the classroom, and in the community.
"This team was very special," noted Robinson. "They rallied to win close games ... they played with a lot of heart ... they battled until the end. We are sad to see this season end and want to thank the seniors for their outstanding contributions to our program. Over the past four years, they finish with a 78-13 record and went to states each of the last four years."
Will Tormey (L) and Dan Bettino. Photo by S. Bettino.
Senior Dan Bettino and sophomore Will Tormey qualified for the New York State Golf Championships after finishing in the top nine in the Section 1 tournament. At the state tournament held at Cornell's Robert Trent Jones Golf Course in Ithaca, Tormey finished in a tie for 21st and Bettino finished 23rd. There were 99 golfers from across New York competing. Section 1 finished second behind a very strong Section 5 team.
Liam Krall at the state championships. Photo by C. Krall.
Sophomore Liam Krall played first singles for the Broncos this season and qualified for states with a sectional semifinal win over Keio's Ryo Sakai (6-4, 6-1). He received the No. 4 seed in the state singles tournament and advanced to the quarterfinals, where he defeated Section 6's Greg Hastings, 6-4, 6-3. Krall lost in the semifinals to the No. 2 seed, Ryan Fishback from Section 5, but then won his final match against Mamaroneck's Ethan Jacobs (6-4, 6-4) to secure a third-place finish in the state tournament.
Pictured at top (rotating): The Bronxville girls' lacrosse team poses for a picture after defeating Palmyra-Macedon in the state semifinal (photo by L. Mooney); championships sign (photo by S. Bettino).