By S. Quinn DeJoy and J. Murrer
Jun. 12, 2019: The girls’ lacrosse team sailed through sectionals and regionals making it to the state tournament for the seventh straight year. While they easily defeated Class D opponents in the sectional and regional games, they faced some stiff competition at the state level. The Broncos prevailed in the state semifinal game, defeating Skaneateles last Friday, but they lost to Mattituck in the final game on Saturday.
In the state semis, Bronxville faced the Skaneateles Lakers, a team that had beaten them in twice before in the state final four. The Broncos found themselves down 8-2 in the middle of the first half, but they rallied to tie it up 9-9 by halftime. In the second half, Bronxville went ahead 11-9 and never let go of the lead, winning the state semifinal game 15-11.
Anneke Pulkkinen was named player of the game with four goals and an assist. Also scoring for the Broncos were Alex Doukas (3G, 1A), Isabel Sondey (2G, 2A), Fiona Jones (2G, 2A), Hanna Bishop (2G), Kiki Tormey (1G), and Caroline Ircha (1G). Goalie Caitlin Mooney had five saves.
Broncos girls' lacrosse team with Bronco banner.
It was the third straight year that the lacrosse team played in the state final game and the second year in a row that they lost to Long Island’s Mattituck. The Broncos had a disappointing 12-1 loss to the Tuckers in 2018, but this year they gave Mattituck a much more competitive game.
It was back-and-forth scoring for much of the first half, and the Broncos trailed 4-3 with just four minutes left. The Tuckers, however, were a tough team to stop, and by the beginning of the second half, they had scored three more goals to take a 7-3 lead. The Bronco offense scored eight more times in the state final game, but a strong Mattituck team hung on for a 15-11 victory.
Three Broncos were named to the All-Tournament Team: Anneke Pulkkinen, Fiona Jones, and Caroline Ircha. Bronxville’s goalie, junior Caitlin Mooney, was the recipient of the Sportsmanship Award.
Caitlin Mooney receiving the Sportsmanship Award. Photo by Jane Ircha.
The 2019 Class D Broncos finished the season with a 19-4 record. During the preseason, the Broncos were ranked No. 5 in the LoHud Power Rankings, but by mid-season, they moved up to and stayed at the No. 2 spot. The only team in all of Section 1 ranked higher than the Broncos is John Jay-Cross River.
At the Section 1 dinner held Monday night, the Broncos were recognized with numerous individual awards. Junior Hanna Bishop was named All-American, and seniors Isabel Sondey and Fiona Jones were named Academic All-American. Four Broncos received All-Section honors, Bishop, Sondey, Jones, and Caroline Ircha, and Anneke Pulkkinen, Katie Formato, and Caroline McGrath were awarded All-Section Honorable Mention recognition.
The 2018 Broncos on the field after the championship game. Photo by Jane Ircha.