By S. Quinn DeJoy and J. Murrer
Oct. 24, 2018: It is playoff season for the Broncos, and the two turf fields came in handy yesterday. The top-ranked field hockey and girls’ soccer teams each had home games in the quarterfinals of the sectional playoffs. Before the opening of Hayes Field, the teams would have had to stagger their starts, but yesterday, the teams were able to play at the same time at the “Bronxville Athletic Complex.”
The Class C Bronxville field hockey team, ranked No. 1, defeated No. 8 Croton while playing on Hayes Field. In the game against the Tigers, the Broncos had a solid 5-0 lead in the first half and went on to win the game 6-0. Andrea Shephard (3), Mairead Cain, Sunday Ladas, and Fiona Jones scored for the Broncos with assists from Jones, Caroline Brashear, and Vance Wood. Katie Mooney had one save.
The field hockey team advances to the sectional semifinals and will face No. 4 North Salem at home on October 25th. The Broncos defeated North Salem earlier in the season. If successful in the semifinals, the Broncos will vie for their fifth sectional title on Saturday at Brewster High School at 2:00PM.
The girls’ soccer team, ranked No. 2 in Class B behind Pleasantville, defeated Westlake in the sectional quarterfinals yesterday by a score of 4-0. Scoring for the Broncos were Catherine Faville (2), Rachael Peacock, and Kiki Tormey. Thursday will again be a Bronxville double-header, as the soccer team will also play at home. The girls will go up against No. 3 Briarcliff in the sectional semis. If successful against the Bears, they will face either the top seeded Pleasantville or No. 13 Croton on Sunday at Arlington High School at 11:00AM.
The Bronxville boys’ football team played Pleasantville in the first round of playoffs last Friday. Bronxville, ranked seventh in the Class B, was trailing 23-6 at the half and eventually lost to the No. 2 Panthers, 43-20. Quarterback Clark Stephens threw for 197 yards and connected with Will Mayer for two touchdowns. Stephens also carried the ball for one touchdown.
The boys’ soccer team, ranked No. 5 in Class B, lost to No. 12 Albertus Magnus 1-0 on Friday at Chambers Field.
At the Section 1 Coaches Invitational held at Bowdoin Park on Saturday, Matt Rizzo won his cross country varsity race in a time of 16:33.50 and placed fifth in the overall merge. Alex Rizzo placed tenth in the merge, with a time of 16:57.20. The merged race included almost 1,000 runners from 60 different schools.
The Bronxville girls had a strong race at Bowdoin Park. The top five varsity girls finished within 33 seconds of each other. Emma Mandanas placed ninth in the varsity race in a personal record time of 20:57 and was followed by Patty Haggerty (11th, 21:07), Natalie Weiner (12th, 21:13), Gigi Chrappa (16th, 21:21), and Molly Palma (18th, 21:31).
The cross country teams will compete at the Westchester County Championships next weekend at Croton Point Park.
Pictured here: The Bronxville girls’ field hockey and soccer teams at Chambers Field on Tuesday.
Photos by J. Murrer