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Bronxville Girls’ Lacrosse Team Honors Captains With a Parade of Cars PDF Print Email

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Bronxville girls’ lacrosse captains (l to r): Grace McSherry, Hanna Bishop, and Caitlin Mooney. Photo submitted by L. Mooney.

By S. Quinn DeJoy and J. Murrer

For much of April, members of the Bronxville girls’ lacrosse team held out hope that they might get to play a few games in the 2020 season. Once school closed in mid-March, the coaches and players have continued to “practice” using Zoom four days a week. 

“It has been tough,” said Tri-Captain Hanna Bishop. “It is definitely not how I envisioned my senior season. Bronxville girls’ lacrosse is unlike any other team that I have played on, and being together through Zoom has kind of filled the hole that was created by the pandemic.”

Unfortunately, on May 1st Governor Cuomo ordered all New York schools closed, and the cancellation of the entire lacrosse season became a reality. 

It was a big disappointment to the team, and the junior girls wanted to do something to recognize the three seniors, Grace McSherry, Hanna Bishop, and Caitlin Mooney. 

“The seniors and their families have been the heart and soul of the team for the past few years,” said junior Caroline McGrath. “It is hard to imagine playing without them. Throughout this coronavirus lockdown, they have been amazing, and we thought they needed to be recognized.”

The girls, along with their coaches, decided to honor the contributions of the seniors and their families by organizing a drive-by parade of cars. 

On May 8th, with one player per car, the lacrosse team caravan drove by each senior’s home, honking horns, holding up posters and delivering balloons. 

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The first stop was on Hawthorne Road at the home of Caitlin Mooney. She was joined by her parents on the front lawn as the team members drove by. 

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Caitlin Mooney with her parents. Photo submitted by L. Mooney.

The second stop was Grace McSherry’s house. 

 “I didn’t know about it,” said McSherry. “It was a very nice surprise, and I was completely blown away. The team puts so much heart into what they do, and I am honored by it.”

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Grace McSherry and her parents. Photo submitted by L. Mooney.

After each drive-by, Mooney and McSherry, along with their parents, joined the caravan, which ended on Hobart Street at Hanna Bishop’s home. 

“My mom told me to put on Bronxville lacrosse apparel for a PTA picture and go outside,” said Bishop. “I was the last senior that they went to, and there was a huge line of cars on my street.”

Bishop, who earned All-American honors for lacrosse last season, will be playing for Washington and Lee in the fall. 

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Hanna Bishop and her parents. Photo submitted by L. Mooney.

“This was the first time we had seen each other since March,” said McSherry. “We all congregated on Hobart Street and got out and celebrated a little bit.” The girls were careful to keep their distance as they took pictures. 

The team continues to have regular Zoom meetings.

“It’s awesome,” said McGrath. “It keeps our spirit alive. We are doing different workouts, keeping everyone in touch, and hoping for the best for next year.”

It was the final season for the seniors, but it was not a complete loss. 

 “It is safe to say there hasn’t been a season like this before,” said McSherry. “Even though it wasn’t a traditional season, I still learned so much from the girls. We have had a lot of bonding moments that brought us together, and the coaches taught us to persevere and stay strong.” 

Go Broncos. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Bronco Sports Spotlight: Tennis Player Liam Krall PDF Print Email

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By Steve Klurfeld

May 13, 2020: Bronxville Senior, Liam Krall, picked up a tennis racket for the first time at the age of eight and has never put it down.

His amazing eye-hand coordination became quickly apparent to his coaches from Concordia and surrounding tennis clubs. Liam has won multiple regional tournaments at every age level and has even scored a Bronze ball at a Super National Tournament, which includes the top 100 players in the country. 

Liam has been a member of the Bronxville Varsity Tennis Team since he was in 7th grade. He has been All-League and All-Section for three years and All-State for two. If the tennis season had not been canceled due to the pandemic, he would have been one of the top three seeds at the New York State Tournament this year. 

Not since Tim Kofol (‘99) won the tournament in his senior year has a Bronxville athlete performed better in tennis. Liam is currently ranked within the top 80 nationally and has won tournaments across the country. 

“I hope to go to the National Championships in Kalamazoo, Michigan, at the beginning of August,” said Liam. “That tournament is special because if you win, you get to play the men’s main draw of the U.S. Open.” 

Although he can do just about anything on the court, his playing style can be described as an aggressive baseliner. His dominant shot is a very heavy forehand, which he can hit with spin, flat, and with finesse or blast winners.

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Photo submitted by C. Krall.

On top of all his natural gifts and ability, Liam is an even better person. He embodies a great competitive spirit but approaches the sport with remarkable maturity and respect. He has been a wonderful role model for younger players on the Bronxville squad. 

His work ethic is second to none, and he demonstrates everything you’d want to see in a Bronco, every time he competes. 

After getting offers from a wide variety of strong tennis programs, Liam has chosen to play for powerhouse SMU next year.

We wish him every success at the next level.


Pictured at top: Liam Krall practicing this week in Connecticut. Photo submitted by C. Krall. 

 

 

 
Bronxville Sports Spotlight: Golfer Will Tormey PDF Print Email

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Will Tormey at the New York State Championships in 2018. Photo submitted by Will Tormey.

By S. Quinn DeJoy and J. Murrer

Apr. 29, 2020: Bronxville senior Will Tormey joined the Bronxville varsity golf team in eighth-grade and immediately became part of the starting line-up. 

“It was an awesome first year experience,” said Tormey. “We were undefeated, and it was great to have such serious golfers ahead of me. I played in the 6th position behind Connor Daly, who now plays for Villanova, Chris Gay, Liam Bishop, and Matt and Dan Bettino.” 

Tormey, who has been captain of the team for the past two years, has been a steady player in the team’s rotation. As a sophomore, he placed fourth at the Section 1 Championships and was one of eleven players in Section 1 to qualify for states. At the State Championships, Tormey placed 21st. 

Last year, he played the number one spot in every match and helped lead the Broncos to the team sectional finals for the fourth consecutive year. Last season, he also competed in the individual tournament, but it was not the finish he hoped for.   

“If it wasn’t for an illness during the second round of the individual tournament last year, I am confident Will would have been back at Cornell for the State Tournament,” noted Coach Chris Lockwood. 

Tormey has received All-League recognition for four years and was named All-Section for the past two years. He was Rookie of the Year in eighth-grade and the team MVP last season.  

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Tormey practicing at Siwanoy this spring. Photo submitted by Will Tormey. 

“He has been a true leader and mentor to our younger golfers through his dedication and work ethic,” said Coach Lockwood. “Will is bringing his talent to Hamilton in the fall, where I expect him to make an immediate positive impact on that team.”

Tormey focused on golf for all of his high school years, but this past winter, he decided to give basketball a try. 

“I committed last summer to golf at Hamilton,” said Tormey, “but I have always loved basketball, and I thought it would be a good way to stay in shape over the winter. It was a great experience playing under Coach Russo.” 

Hopefully, the basketball season won’t be his last season as a Bronco. 

On Monday, NYSPHSAA canceled the state championships, but there is still some hope for an abbreviated regular season. For Tormey and fellow senior golfers Connor Stoltz, Robbie Cruikshank, and Dan Casperson, it would be a great way to finish up senior year.

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The 2019 golf team (o to r): Will Tormey, Connor Stoltz, Willy Swenson, Earl Gretzinger, Jay Coyne, Charlie Preusse, J.P. Swenson, Robbie Cruikshank, and Quinn Daly. 

In the meantime, Coach Lockwood is holding Zoom meetings once a week, and since Governor Cuomo allowed golf courses to reopen last week, Tormey is able to get out on the course with his Dad. 

“Coach Lockwood has been the best coach I could ask for,” said Tormey. “Starting as an 8th grader, he made sure that my transition to a high school team was as seamless as possible, and I can’t thank him enough. It was an awesome experience to play for him for five years.”

 

 
Bronxville Sports Spotlight: Grey Warble PDF Print Email

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Grey Warble (6) and teammate Kyle Glick (17) in a game last spring on Hayes Field. Photo by J. Murrer

By S. Quinn DeJoy and J. Murrer

Apr. 22, 2020: With the spring lacrosse season on hold until at least the end of April, the Bronxville boys’ lacrosse team is dealing with much uncertainty. For the seniors, many of whom have played together since kindergarten, it would be great to get out on the field even if it were only for a couple of games.

“It’s a bummer,” said senior Grey Warble. “All of my friends and I are trying to remain positive. Even though it’s tough, there are people out there who are way worse off than we are. We just have to remember that.”

Warble, who has been a member of the varsity lacrosse team since his freshman year, plays midfield and was a captain last year. He received All-League recognition during his sophomore and junior years.

As a key offensive player, he scored 27 goals and had 12 assists last season. Other top scorers on the team from the 2019 season include this year’s seniors Nate Davis (37G/29A), Teddy Donohue (22G/9A), Tim Murray (16G/12A) and Luke Doukas (13G/19A).

The lacrosse team competes in Class D and played a challenging schedule last year, finishing the season 11-6. Section 1 lacrosse is always top in the state. In Class D, Bronxville competes against Pleasantville, Westlake, and Briarcliff, all of whom have made it to the state championships in the last three years. Westlake and Briarcliff made it to the state finals in 2017 and 2019, respectively, and Pleasantville won states in 2018.

Last year, Bronxville beat Pleasantville 13-11 during the regular season but lost to them in the sectional semifinals 11-10 in overtime.

There are fourteen seniors on the team, and most of them have played together for many years.

“A lot of us started in kindergarten,” said Warble. “It is a group of kids with good chemistry, and we have played together for a long time.”

Warble and many of the lacrosse seniors also played varsity football. As a two-year starter at wide receiver and outside linebacker, Warble was recognized with All-Section honors his senior year and also received the Vito Priore award from his coaches. He was a captain of the team along with lacrosse teammates senior Colin Dempsey and junior Henry Donohue.

While Warble started lacrosse at a young age, it wasn’t until high school that he decided to try out football.

“I always enjoyed watching football, and all my friends and I decided to play JV. We just all enjoyed it together.”

Warble and lacrosse teammates, Teddy Donohue, Charlie Knox, Charlie Ambrose, Will Flanagan, Dylan Alberghine, PJ Krestiniski, Colin Dempsey, and Jack Matthews, played varsity football last fall, finishing the season with a 4-4 record.

“It is kind of a special group,” said Warble. “We were always just playing together at something and always had a lot of fun with it.”

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Grey Warble in the game against Putnam Valley last fall. Photo Joe Villanueva. 

Last week NYSPHSAA announced they would decide the fate of the state championships on April 27th, but the start of the regular season is contingent on school reopening.

Warble will be continuing his lacrosse career at Colby College in Maine. Much uncertainty exists about the fall, and according to www.newscentermaine.com,

Colby is preparing a variety of scenarios, including pushing back the start of classes if necessary. 

Warble is hopeful that college will start as planned.

 

 
Bronco Sports Spotlight: Caitlin Mooney PDF Print Email

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Caitlin Mooney defending the lacrosse goal (Photo by J. Murrer) and the field hockey goal (Photo by David Fenner).

By S. Quinn DeJoy and J. Murrer

Apr. 15, 2020: Caitlin Mooney did not start out as a lacrosse goalie but eventually found her place in the goal. She started playing lacrosse in kindergarten, and when she was in fourth grade, one of her teammates decided that she didn’t want to play goalie anymore. 

“Coach turned to the team and asked if anyone would play goalie,” said Mooney. “We were all standing there looking at our feet, but then I decided it might be something interesting to try. So, they put the gear on me, and I headed to the goal. In that game, I had four saves, including one that hit me in the head. I remember saying, ‘Wow! This is so cool.’“

It turns out goalie was the perfect position for Mooney. She has been the starting goalie on the Bronxville’s varsity lacrosse team for the past three years, and the starting goalie on Bronxville’s varsity field hockey team both junior and senior year. 

Mooney has been to the New York State Championships three times. The Bronxville varsity lacrosse team made it to the state final game twice, and the field hockey team won the State Championship last fall. 

“This year, everyone said it was a rebuilding year for the field hockey team,” said Mooney. “We didn’t even know if we were at the state level. When we entered playoffs, we just wanted to spend more time together as a team. It was such an exciting moment when we finally did make it to states.”

The field hockey team defeated Barker High School 2-0 in the state semis and Johnstown 1-0 in the finals, capturing its first state championship in 25 years. In the state final game, Mooney had 24 saves and was named to the All-State tournament team. 

The Bronxville girls’ lacrosse team, a powerhouse team in New York, made it to the State Championships during Mooney’s sophomore year but lost 12-1 to Long Island’s Mattituck in the final game. 

“During my junior year, we started to adapt to Mattituck defense to build a better team,” said Mooney. “We also started to do mindset training to develop ourselves mentally. Lacrosse is such a fast paced game. You don’t have that much time to reset. You can’t think about it. You just need to go on. We wanted to get back to state finals strong.”

The team returned to the state final last year to face Mattituck again, but now as a much stronger team. 

In the State Championship game against Mattituck, Bronxville trailed 4-3 with just four minutes left in the first half. The Tuckers, however, were a tough team to stop and ultimately hung on for an 11-7 victory.

“I am so thankful that we could get that far each year,” said Mooney, “It is not only about the competition, but we just wanted that extra month to spend together as a team.”

When lacrosse preseason started last November, the girls were focused on working together as a team to get back to states. Mooney and teammates Hanna Bishop and Grace McSherry were named captains of the team, and they led preseason workouts.

The lacrosse season opened with tryouts on March 9th, the final roster was posted on the 12th, and on Friday the 13th, the season was put on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic. 

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The girls’ lacrosse team practicing on Hayes Field on Friday the 13th. Photo submitted by L. Mooney.  

The season is not yet canceled, and Section 1 had a meeting on April 9th to discuss what the season would look like if school reopens. 

There are plans, if social distancing is over, to give the team an opportunity to play, even if it is a game or two.

Lacrosse practices went virtual, and the girls and their coaches meet every day over Zoom to go over plays and rally team spirit. They are training on their own and putting in many miles running, biking, and walking. 

 

The lacrosse team during a virtual practice. Photo submitted by L. Mooney. 

Whether or not Mooney gets to play lacrosse this spring, she has had an amazing athletic career at Bronxville. She has been named All-League multiple times for both field hockey and lacrosse and was named to the field hockey Golden Dozen last fall. Last spring, during the lacrosse state championships, she was honored with the New York State Championship Tournament Sportsmanship award.

Mooney will be attending Colgate University in the fall but, at this time, has no plans to play while in college. 

“We are so enveloped in this community of lacrosse, and we have been playing since kindergarten,” commented Mooney. “It is such a big part of our lives, especially for the seniors. It is hard to accept the possibility that the season might not happen.”

 
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