By S. Quinn DeJoy and J. Murrer
Oct. 30, 2019: Three Bronxville teams will host sectional semifinal games today and tomorrow. This afternoon, the No. 3 boys’ soccer team will play No. 7 Pleasantville on Chambers at 3:00 PM, and the top-seeded girls’ field hockey team will play No. 5 Albertus Magnus on Hayes at 3:30. The Bronxville girls’ soccer team, ranked second in Class B, will play No. 6 Briarcliff on Hayes Field tomorrow at 3:00 PM.
Midfielder Alice Vranka in the game against Rye Neck. Photo by J. Murrer.
Bronco Playoff Results and Schedules
The boys’ soccer team (10-5-1) crushed Croton Harmon in the first round of the Class B playoffs last Thursday, winning by a score of 9-0. In the quarterfinals held on Saturday at Chambers Field, it was a much more competitive contest. The game between the Broncos and the Panthers remained scoreless deep into the second half, and with just four minutes left, Luke Doukas scored the winning goal with an assist from Jimmy Gallo. Bronxville goalie Theo Liao had five saves.
Bronxville has yet to play Pleasantville this season but will meet them in the semifinals this afternoon. The Pleasantville Panthers (10-4-4), seeded No. 7, upset No. 2 Briarcliff in the quarterfinals. In the other bracket of the semifinals, No. 1 Hastings will play No. 5 Albertus Magnus.
Section 1 Class B is a very competitive league, and three of the teams in the Class B Section 1 semifinals are state-ranked: Hastings is ranked 4th in the state, Bronxville, 11th, and Albertus Magnus, 14th.
The Section 1 Class B championship will take place on Saturday at 12:30 at Lakeland High School.
No. 10 Luke Doukas in the first round game against Croton. Photo by J. Murrer.
The field hockey team defeated Croton 6-0 in the Class C quarterfinals on Saturday and will take on Albertus Magnus in the semifinals today. The top-seeded Broncos have played the No. 5 Falcons twice already this season, winning both contests.
After winning five consecutive Section 1 Class C championships, the Broncos lost in overtime in the sectional semifinals to North Salem last year. If successful in the semifinal game today, the Broncos will play the winner of No. 2 North Salem/No. 3 Rye Neck in the Sectional Championship on Saturday at Nyack High School at 3:00 PM.
The Broncos score in the quarterfinal game against Croton. Photo by David Fenner.
The No. 2 Bronxville girls (15-2-1) advance to the Class B Section 1 semifinals after defeating Yonkers Montessori Academy in the first round and Rye Neck in the quarterfinals. In the quarterfinal game on Monday, the Broncos got on the board in the first half when Megan Krestinski’s shot on the goal ricocheted off the goal post and into the net, and in the second half, Lily Jebejian scored to give the Broncos a 2-0 win.
The Broncos will face Briarcliff in the semifinals on Thursday. In the other semifinal bracket, No. 1 Pleasantville will play No. 13 Blind Brook, who upset No. 5 Ardsley in overtime on Monday. The New York State Sportswriters Association ranks Pleasantville No. 1 in the state.
The Class B Sectional Championship will take place on Sunday at Arlington High School at 5:00 PM.
Bronxville goalkeeper Milly Koenig in the game against Rye Neck. Photo by J. Murrer.
The No. 7 Broncos lost to No. 2 Byram Hills 29-13 in the quarterfinals of the Class B sectional tournament. In the first quarter, the game was tied at 7-7, but the Bears went ahead 21-7 in the third quarter. The Broncos scored in the 4th with 9:20 left in the game and were trailing by just a touchdown, but Byram Hills scored once more to put the game out of reach. The Broncos end the season with a 4-4 record.
At the Westchester County Cross Country Championships at Croton Point Park on Saturday, the Bronxville girls placed 5th overall out of 28 teams. The top five scorers for the Broncos were senior Ella Stupart (32nd, 20.23.7), Betsy Marshall (33rd, 20.24.2), Avery Widen (39th, 20.33.9), Anna Outcalt (45th, 20.53.5), and Rory Denning (55th, 21.19.8).
The Bronxville-Tuckahoe girls’ swim team finished the season with a 4-5 record in League 1, which includes much larger programs such as Horace Greeley, Scarsdale, and Fox Lane.
At the Section 1 League 1 Championship held last Saturday, Tuckahoe senior Emily Gjersten placed first in the 500yd free in 5:02.40 and 2nd in the 200yd free in 1:54.04. Bronxville freshman Julia Bazinet placed 10th in both the 200yd and 500yd free, and Bronxville junior Caroline McGrath placed 13th in the 500yd free. The 200yd freestyle relay team, Bronxville senior Ellie Dessart, Bronxville freshman Keala Schubert, Bazinet, and Gjersten, placed 6th in 1:43.86, and the 400 freestyle relay, Dessart, Bazinet, McGrath, and Gjersten, also placed 6th (3:48.75).
Pictured at top in rotation: Boys’ soccer in the game against Croton Harmon last Saturday, photo by J. Murrer; The girls’ field hockey team in the quarterfinals against Croton, photo by David Fenner: The girls’ soccer team in the quarterfinals against Rye Neck on Monday, photo by J. Murrer