Field Hockey Opens the Season with Two Shutouts Including Big Win Over Rival North Salem Print


By S. Quinn DeJoy and J. Murrer

Sep. 11, 2019:  The Bronxville field hockey team won four consecutive Section 1 titles leading up to 2018, but last year top-seeded Bronxville had a disappointing loss to North Salem in the sectional semifinals. The game between the Broncos and Tigers ended with no score after regulation time and two overtimes, and North Salem finally won in the second round of a one-on-one shootout. 

With North Salem on the schedule for Monday, the Broncos were determined to have a different outcome than last fall. They focused on possession, scored early and often, and came up with a 6-0 victory.

Bronxville versus North Salem on Monday at Hayes Field.

“It was a big win for us after last year’s very tough loss in overtime to North Salem,” said long-time coach Jacquelyn Frawley. “That history definitely pumped the girls up for a strong start. I think that with two goals in less than five minutes, the girls certainly showed up hungry today.”

Bronxville versus North Salem on Monday at Hayes Field.

The Broncos showed a lot of offensive strength with four different players scoring goals. Julia Widen scored first early in the game and went on to score two more.  Also contributing to scoring were Sunday Ladas (1G, 2A), Olivia Gunther (1G, 1A), Carmen Phillips (1G), and Hailey Mullen (1A). It was a slow day for senior goalie Caitlin Mooney as Bronxville had control of the ball for much of the game. She had four saves.

The Bronxville field hockey team returns twelve players including ten seniors.

Front row (L to R): Caitlin Mooney, Sunday Ladas, Hanna Bishop, AND Grace McSherry. Back Row (L to R): Holly Ungvary, Madison Meehan, Hailey Mullen, Molly Denning, Olivia Martin, and Cassidy Mullen.

“This year we have Sunday Ladas as a strong offensive threat with both stick skills and power,” said Coach Frawley. “Hanna Bishop and Grace McSherry in the center are solid support for all and have really become the core of our team. Hailey Mullen on defense has been the most consistent.”

There are eight new faces this season, including Julia Widen, just an eighth-grader, and Olivia Gunther, who is in tenth grade.

“Eighth-grader Julia Widen has taken a position as a forward with speed, consistent stick skills, and relentless effort,” said Frawley. “Tenth-grader Olivia Gunther has taken a midfield position with strong skill and determination.”

The 2-0 Broncos, led by senior captains Ladas, Holly Ungvary, and McSherry, opened the season last week with a shutout over Hackley. Gunther, McSherry, and Bishop scored for Bronxville. 

Senior captains Holly Ungvary, Sunday Ladas, and Grace McSherry.

The Bronxville field hockey team plays in Class C and will face Valhalla, Putnam Valley, Pleasantville, Croton, and Albertus Magnus this fall. They will also play Class A Mamaroneck and Scarsdale, which are consistently very strong programs.

The Broncos have focused on their offensive game, and it has definitely paid off.

“We have worked a lot on spreading the field out and finding the open space in order to carry and keep possession,” said Frawley. “Our offensive corners have been working with strong execution on the shots and finishing touches in front of the goal. “

In the game against North Salem, the first two Bronco goals came off of penalty corners.

Grace McSherry taking a corner shot for the Broncos.

They will face defending Section C champion Pawling today and then return home next Thursday to play Putnam Valley.

Go Broncos.

Pictured at top: The Broncos defeat North Salem 6-0 on Monday at Hayes Field.

Photos by J. Murrer