By S. Quinn DeJoy and J. Murrer
Sep. 26, 2018: The Bronxville “turf” teams are out in full force with soccer and field hockey having multiple games last week. The annual Broncofest was held at Chambers Field all day on Saturday with both consolation and championship games. Last week, field hockey and football played away. Field hockey will continue with a string of away games, but football returns home Saturday to face Albertus Magnus. Below is a look at how the teams fared this past week.
Bronxville had a successful Saturday with both the boys’ and girls’ soccer teams winning in the championship round of the Broncofest. The Bronco girls defeated the Westlake Wildcats 4-0, with goals by Catherine Faville (2), Rachael Peacock (1), and Lily Jebejian (1) and assists from Catherine Faville (2), Maeve Sullivan (1), and Kunzang Namygal (1). Bronxville’s Milly Koenig had one save, and Riley Neglia had eight saves for the Vikings.
Rachael Peacock (14) takes the ball down for the Broncos. Photo by J. Murrer.
The Thomas Jakelich MVP award was given to Faville, a senior forward. The award is given in memory of Thomas Jakelich, a student-athlete who died in a tragic soccer accident. He played for Bronxville High School prior to playing for the Loyola School. Bronxville’s Rachael Peacock and Maeve Sullivan and Westlake’s Elle Verna and Giuliana Piazza were named to the All-Tournament team.
Catherine Faville, tournament MVP. Photo by J. Murrer.
The boys shut out the Valhalla Vikings 2-0 in a very competitive championship game. There was no score in the game until midway through the second half when Bronxville’s Paul Magaud scored to give the Broncos a 1-0 lead. The Broncos scored one more time with a goal by Luke Doukas and an assist from Jack Bodell. Bronxville's Theo Liao had ten saves, and Valhalla’s Alex Robels had eight.
Bronco defensive players Jack Kochansky (5), Luke Freeman (17), and Theo Sperber (15). Photo by J. Murrer.
Junior midfielder and Bronco co-captain Luke Doukas was the tournament MVP. Co-captain Paul Magaud and goalkeeper Theo Liao were named to the All-Tournament team.
Bronxville coaches with players (L to R) Theo Liao, Luke Doukas, and Paul Magaud. Photo by Marlise Rodembusch.
In the consolation round for the girls, Valhalla outscored Pelham 3-2, and in the boys' consolation round, Tuckahoe and Croton tied after double overtime.
All proceeds from the Broncofest will be donated to breast cancer research.
The Broncos have had a very full schedule, with seven straight away games, three last week and four more this week. Their long two weeks will culminate with a tough game against a very competitive Scarsdale team on Saturday morning. It should be an exciting game, as the Raiders are ranked No. 3 in the LoHud Power Rankings, and the Broncos are ranked No. 4.
The Bronxville field hockey team (blue) at North Salem. Photo by David Brashear.
On Monday, the Broncos defeated North Salem 2-0, claiming their fourth win in the past week. In the game against the Tigers, Andrea Shephard scored one, along with Bridget Sands, who scored her first varsity goal. Fiona Jones and Sunday Ladas each had one assist. Caitlin Mooney has been solid for the Broncos, with a total of 7 saves in the last three games.
The Broncos in the game against North Salem. Photo by David Brashear.
The Broncos have lost only one game so far this season, to Section 1's top-ranked team, Lakeland. The Hornets have not lost to a New York field hockey team since 2008.
Last week, the Broncos had wins over Rye Neck (2-1 ), Putnam Valley (7-0), and Hastings (3-0). The Broncos have a deep offense with eight different girls scoring so far this season. In last week's games, Fiona Jones, Andrea Shephard, Caroline Brashear, Sunday Ladas, Mairead Cain, and Holly Ungvary all scored for Bronxville.
Bronco football spirit was alive and well at Pleasantville's homecoming game this past Saturday night. Fans showed up dressed head to toe in all white, providing full-force whiteout support to their beloved Broncos. They were rewarded with a very exciting game and a near victory. The Broncos ultimately fell 36-30, but once again, the score does not come close to showing the heart and skill of the team.
Down 29-8 at the half, Bronxville made very effective defensive adjustments and held Pleasantville scoreless until the end of the fourth quarter. Meanwhile, the offense, playing its first game under the lights, was able to start connecting and scored 22 unanswered points closing the gap to 29-24.
Sophomore Clarke Stephens completed 22 of 35 passes for 207 yards to lead the offense. On the receiving end was senior Will Mayer, who caught ten passes for 76 yards and 3 touchdowns. Stephens, just a junior, is the Section 1 passing leader, according to LoHud, with 676 passing yards and five touchdowns.
Senior wide receiver Tommy O’Connell lines up for the pass. Photo by Bjorn Samois.
Pleasantville had a hard time defending the pass, as they needed to respect the powerful running of junior Henry Donohue, who ran for 72 yards and one touchdown. Donohue enjoyed some strong blocking on the offensive line behind senior left tackle Patrick Mooney and junior Colin Dempsey. Donohue was also a stalwart on defense, where he led the Broncos with 8 tackles, helped by senior Andres Saralegui (6 tackles) and junior Dylan Alberghine (7 tackles). Will Murray was a standout on special teams using his booming leg to pin Pleasantville in its own territory.
Sophomore Will Murray, 45, puts pressure on the Pleasantville QB. Photo by Bjorn Samios.
The Broncos have not won on the scoreboard but they won the hearts of the Bronxville fans Saturday night with their effort. The Broncos will play Albertus Magnus at home on Saturday at 1:30 pm.
Pictured at top (rotating): The Bronxville boys in the win over Valhalla at the annual Broncofest tournament (photo by J. Murrer); defender Clio Dakolias (16) takes control of the ball in the game against Westlake (photo by J. Murrer); senior Alex New gets ready to snap, flanked by junior Colin Dempsey, 58, and senior Patrick Mooney, 75 (photo by J. Murrer); the Broncos defeated North Salem, 2-0 (photo by David Brashear).