Girls’ Soccer Wins 7th Class B Section 1 Sectional Title With a 3-1 Win Over Pleasantville
By S. Quinn DeJoy and J. Murrer
Oct. 31, 2018: The Bronxville girls' varsity soccer team, ranked twelfth in the state by the New York Sports Writers Association, knocked out No. 3 Pleasantville in the Class B Sectional Championship held on Sunday at Arlington High School. It was a sweet victory for the Broncos, who had lost to the Panthers 1-0 during the regular season. The Bronco girls are a force in Section 1 and have won the Class B title for seven of the last nine years.
While neither team scored by the end of the first half, both teams had some opportunities. For Bronxville, senior captain Rachael Peacock had a chance with a header off a corner, but unfortunately for the Broncos, the ball went wide. With the score tied 0-0, Coach Don Cupertino had some encouraging words for the team at the half.
"We talked at halftime about how the girls were extremely nervous and had to calm themselves," said long-time coach Cupertino. "I told them that they weren't having any fun and to settle down and make it fun again."
After making a few adjustments to create more scoring opportunities, the Broncos came out and were able to control the majority of the second half. With 23 minutes left on the clock, freshman Kiki Tormey beat the keeper on the lower right side to score the first Bronco goal.
The Broncos score first in the game against Pleasantville. Photo by J. Murrer.
The Broncos scored again four minutes later when Isabel Sondey played a well-placed ball to Catherine Faville, who finished it perfectly. Pleasantville scored its first goal a minute later, but that was the end of scoring for the Panthers. Kunzang Namgyal put an insurance goal on the board with an assist from Maeve Sullivan, giving the Broncos a 3-1 win.
"I believe our level of fitness made a huge difference in the final 20 minutes of the game," said Cupertino.
Freshman goalkeeper Millie Koenig had a great game and made several key saves to keep the ball clear of the net. For her outstanding effort, she was named Player of the Game.
To get to the sectional final game, the Broncos defeated a strong Briarcliff team last Thursday. In the semifinal game, the Bears scored first, but the Broncos answered back within a minute with a goal by Peacock and an assist from Faville. Peacock also scored the game-winning goal to give the Broncos a 2-1 victory.
The Broncos get the win against Briarcliff in the sectional semifinals. Photo by S. Quinn DeJoy
The varsity team will face Section 9's O'Neill in the regional semifinal today at 5:00 pm at Arlington High School. O'Neill is undefeated in the regular season and is ranked No. 6 in the state.
"This is a great hard working group of girls that has had a wonderful year," said Cupertino. "Hopefully there is more to come."
Pictured at top: The Bronxville girls’ soccer team holding the Class B Section 1 trophy.
Photo by J. Murrer
Bronxville Girls' Varsity Tennis Team, Undefeated in Leagues, Reaches Semifinals of Team Tournament
Oct. 31, 2018: The Bronxville girls’ varsity tennis team had an impressive season and won all of its league matches. The team was led by captains Lindsey Cruikshank, Sarah Goodell, and Alexandra Brumbaugh.
The team line-up was:
#1 singles - Eva Dani #2 singles - Lindsey Cruikshank #3 singles - Alexandra Brumbaugh #1 doubles - Katie Formato and Rory Christian #2 doubles - Sarah and Susie Goodell #3 doubles - Olivia Doyle and Bella Patterson #4 doubles - Eliza McFadden and Hannah Beldotti; Amelia Srebnik and Sofia Ricciarini
Bronxville had six team members who qualified for conferences and sectionals, Lindsey Cruikshank, Eva Dani, Katie Formato, Rory Christian, Sarah Goodell, and SusieGoodell. Bronxville had the most team members represented. Cruikshank and Dani teamed up to play in the conference and came in second; they also reached the quarterfinals in the sectionals.
The final team tournament took place on Wednesday, October 24, at Harrison High School. The team tournament included all the best schools in the area, and the Bronxville team made it to the semifinals. There were a lot of close matches, and the team won two semifinals matches at #1 and #2 doubles, with Katie Formato and Rory Christian and Sarah and Susie Goodell.
The team was coached by Mrs. McGovern and Coach Garzia.
Photo provided by J. Doyle
Bronxville Girls' Lacrosse Builds on Partnership with Harlem Lacrosse
By Grace McSherry, Student, Bronxville High School
Oct. 31, 2018: On Monday, October 8, the Bronxville girls' lacrosse program put on another great event to build skills, sportsmanship, and friendships with the girls from Harlem Lacrosse.
The partnership between these programs, which began in 2015, continues to grow stronger with two events held at The Bronxville School each year. Led by varsity lacrosse coach Sharon Robinson, the day typically has included fun team-building activities and a lacrosse clinic, but this year, the Bronxville girls led a One Love workshop for the Harlem girls, designed to highlight the differences between healthy and unhealthy relationships.
Founded in 2010, the One Love Foundation was established to honor the memory of Yeardley Love, an athlete and former University of Virginia student who was killed by her ex-boyfriend. One Love’s mission is to end relationship abuse by educating people from a young age about healthy and unhealthy relationship patterns and empowering them to be leaders facilitating change in their schools and beyond. Bronxville High School’s One Love Club was established three years ago, and membership has grown steadily.
Trained students from the One Love Club conducted workshops with middle schoolers at The Bronxville School last spring, and the One Love team wanted to share the valuable training with the Harlem girls this fall. The girls broke into small groups to discuss signs of relationship abuse and ways to spot the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships.
Molly Denning, one of the One Love workshop student leaders, said, “It felt great to work with both the Bronxville middle schoolers last spring and the Harlem girls this fall. Our goal is to spread awareness to as many young people as possible.”
After the One Love workshop, all the girls headed outside to participate in a lacrosse clinic led by Coach Robinson. The girls rotated through favorite lacrosse drills selected by varsity captains Fiona Jones, Anneke Pulkkinen, and Isabel Sondey.
“I loved being able to add the One Love workshop before our clinic because it got the younger girls to open up more than usual. They were willing and eager to learn all day,” said Fiona Jones.
The day was a great opportunity for continued bonding between the Bronxville and Harlem girls. Destiny Collins, who is one of the Harlem players and a student at Frederick Douglass Academy 1, said, “You can have the best times with people who you have just met.”
Coach Robinson definitely agreed, stating, “All the players had a wonderful day together. I absolutely loved seeing the smiles on the kids’ faces, watching them make new friends through the workshop and clinic, and even catching a few hugs before the Harlem players hopped on the train home.”
Ashley Hanrahan, one of the Bronxville parents who has been instrumental in bringing the Bronxville girls' lacrosse program and Harlem Lacrosse together, said, “Thanks to Coach Robinson, both groups continue to strengthen and grow from their peer relationships.”
Pictured here: Bronxville girls' lacrosse hosts players from Harlem Lacrosse for a great day of One Love training and lacrosse at The Bronxville School.
Photo courtesy Sharon Robinson, Girls' Varsity Lacrosse Coach, Bronxville High School
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Bronxville Field Hockey and Girls’ Soccer Teams Shut Out Opponents in Yesterday’s Quarterfinal Playoff Games
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
Homecoming Comes to a Close: See Results and Photos
By S. Quinn DeJoy and J. Murrer
Oct. 17, 2018: Bronxville athletes played against some tough competition homecoming weekend. The boys’ soccer and the field hockey teams claimed victories while playing under the lights at Chambers Field, the girls’ swim team had a big upset over Ursuline, and the boys’ and girls' cross country teams won their respective league championships. The girls’ tennis team advanced to the semifinals in the Section 1 team tournament and will play Mamaroneck for the sectional title on October 23.
Below is a wrap-up of the homecoming games.
The girls' tennis team advanced to the sectional semifinals with a win over Tappan Zee this past weekend. They will face Mamaroneck for the championship title on October 23.
Three Bronxville doubles teams competed in the conference tournament held last week with great success. Lindsey Cruikshank and Eva Dani placed second, Rory Christian and Katie Formato placed fifth, and Susie and Sarah Goodell placed sixth. The Section 1 tournament for individual players starts this week.
The girls’ swim team upset Ursuline during their homecoming meet on Friday with incredible performances by senior Alisa Fominykh, Tuckahoe junior Emily Gjersten, and eighth-grader Julia Bazinet. Fominykh placed first in the 50 and 100 free, Gjersten won the 200 and 500 free, and Bazinet placed second in the 500 free and 100 back. The Broncos sealed the win with strong performances by the relay teams. Ellie Dessart, Fominykh, Caroline McGrath, and Gjersten won the 200 free relay, and Charlotte Yerkes, Keala Schubert, Julia Reich, and Ella Crystal and placed third. In the 400 free relay, Bazinet, Dessart, Fominykh, and Gjersten placed first, and McGrath, Crystal, Gjersten, and Eileen Marshall placed third.
The boys’ cross country team. Photo by C. Rizzo.
The girls' cross country teams. Courtesy Gigi Chrappa.
Boys' and Girls' Cross Country
The boys' and girls' cross country teams won their respective Section 1 League 3B championships last week at Van Cortlandt Park. Natalie Weiner placed first in a time of 16:14 and was followed by Emma Mandanas (3rd, 16:50), Molly Palma (4th, 17:08), Avery Widen (6th, 17:44), Anna Outcalt (7th, 17:45), Gigi Chrappa (8th, 18:03), Lyric Abbott (9th, 18:14), and Patty Haggerty (10th, 18:17).
For the boys, Alex Rizzo won the meet in a time of 13:49 and was followed by Matt Rizzo (2nd, 14:13), Ashton Smith (3rd, 14:59), Tim McGrath (7th, 15:29), Johnny Ryan (11th, 15:58), Trent Dillon (12th, 16:07), Joe Daher (16th, 16:29), and James Apostolatos (21st, 16:53).
At the Manhattan Invitational held on Saturday at Van Cortlandt Park, Alex and Matt Rizzo had incredible performances, placing second and third with season-best times of 12:55.20 and 13:05.40, respectively. For the girls, Natalie Weiner placed twelfth, with a time of 15:42.60, setting a personal record. The meet included 40 schools from Massachusetts to Delaware.
The Bronxville boys' soccer team at Homecoming. Photos by Lise Rodembusch.
The Broncos faced Westlake on Friday evening and came away with a 5-2 win. Scoring for the Broncos were Luke Doukas (2), Jacoby Goodson (2), and Luke Freeman (1). Paul Magaud had two assists. The playoffs will start later this week.
The Class B Broncos (11-3) battled against Class A Somers during homecoming, eventually falling to the Tuskers 1-0 in double overtime. The playoff seeding information will be released on Thursday. The Broncos are currently ranked No. 2 behind Pleasantville in Class B.
Bronxville field hockey (11-4) defeated Pleasantville 2-0 on Saturday afternoon. Fiona Jones scored first for the Broncos and Caroline Brashear added one more on a penalty stroke. Sunday Ladas had an assist. The Broncos play Edgemont today in the final game of the regular season.
The Bronxville football team. Photos by Joseph Villanueva.
The Broncos lost to top-seeded Ardsley 40-8 on Saturday evening of homecoming. The No. 7 Broncos will play No. 2 Pleasantville in the first round of Class B playoffs on Friday at 7:00 pm at Parkway Field.
Three girls from Bronxville, Samantha Huss, Bailey Barton, and Erin Kaye, have joined forces with Mount Vernon High School to form a combined girls' volleyball team.
See below to watch a video of the night of the bonfire. (click in the lower left corner of the video after it begins playing to see it full-screen)
Pictured at top (rotating): Homecoming 2018.
Photo of football team at top by Joseph Villanueva; other photos at top and in text (not otherwise identified) by J. Murrer.