The Broncos on Chambers Field in the game against Ursuline. Photo by David Fenner.
By S. Quinn DeJoy and J. Murrer
Oct. 28, 2020: With all the COVID restrictions that Bronxville athletes have been facing this year, it was comforting to see one tradition continue. On Sunday, the Bronxville field hockey team gathered for the annual painting of the shed. It was a good team bonding moment for all the girls during these unusual times.
“It has definitely been pretty tough,” said Co-captain Marielle Dibbini. “Honestly, I am just so thankful that we have a season. My co-captain and I try to do everything we can do. We have planned several outdoor team dinners so we could all be together.”
The field hockey girls showing off their artistic talent. Photo submitted by Marielle Dibbini.
The Broncos won the Class C State Championship last year and are off to a good start this season despite losing almost half of the 2019 team.
“After graduating ten last year and losing a key starter to private school, we had ten positions to fill,” said Coach Jacquelyn Frawley. “The girls have all stepped up to the challenge and have been very flexible as we adjust positioning around the field.”
Despite the large turnover of players, the Bronco defense has worked well together, giving up only three goals in five games. There are three seniors on defense, including Co-captain Caroline Palermo, Annabelle Krause, and goalie Rachel Roberts. In her first year as starting goalie, Roberts was recognized by Coach Frawley as a “super solid senior leader.”
The Broncos scoring in the game against Pleasantville. Photo by David Fenner.
The Bronco offense is led by junior Olivia Gunther and sophomore Isabela Fenner, who teamed up to score the first two goals in the 4-0 win against Pleasantville last week.
Mid-fielder Dibbini is the only offensive senior starter on this relatively young team. There are twenty girls on the roster, but only five are seniors.
“We have a lot of rising stars including freshman Frannie Krause, sophomores Ellie Clifford, Lucie Curran, Fiona Denning, and Hudson Zivic,” noted Coach Frawley.
These young players are already making an impact. Zivic scored the final goal in last week’s Pleasantville game, and Frannie Krause scored the only goal in the 1-0 win over Croton last Saturday.
Frannie Krause scoring in the Croton game. Photo by David Fenner.
The Broncos are currently ranked 6th in the Lohud Power Rankings, a list that includes schools of all sizes across Section I. The top five schools, Lakeland, Horace Greeley, Mamaroneck, North Salem, and Suffern, have yet to suffer a loss. The Broncos tied North Salem 1-1 on October 17th and will play Mamaroneck on November 5th.
There is an away game against Valhalla today, and the Broncos return home on Friday for a 4:00pm game against White Plains.