By S. Quinn DeJoy and J. Murrer
Jul. 17, 2019: While many high school athletes aspire to play at the collegiate level, it takes incredible talent, enormous amounts of time, and true dedication to play a sport in college. Eight members of the Bronxville High School Class of 2015 just graduated after competing in collegiate sports for four straight years.
Former Bronxville lacrosse players Liam Lynch, Charlie Tarry, and Ted Forst recently graduated after playing Division I lacrosse.
Liam Lynch (center) playing for Fairfield University. Photo submitted by Karen Lynch.
Lynch, who earned All-League and All-Section honors in high school and was part of the 2014 Bronxville State Championship team, went on to a very successful lacrosse career at Division 1 Fairfield University.
As a faceoff specialist, Lynch was on the squad all four years. This past year, after being sidelined with a preseason injury, he appeared in all twelve games and as a starter in the last four. In the 2019 season, Lynch took over 100 draws against the top faceoff specialists in the country.
In May, Lynch graduated with honors from Fairfield’s Dolan School of Business. He was on the honor roll every semester, including the Colonial Athletic Association Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll. He recently started his career in finance as an equity salesperson at SunTrust Bank Corporation.
Charlie Tarry, a captain for the Bronxville varsity team who received multiple honors including USILA All-American recognition, played both close defense and long-stick midfield during his four years at Princeton. He was in the starting rotation every year, missed only four practices, and never missed a game because of injury.
In his sophomore year, Tarry traveled to Portugal for community service projects and three games against the English National team. This past May, he was nominated for and invited to play in the USILA North-South Senior All-Star Game in Sparks, MD.
"It was a great honor to be part of the team,” said Tarry. “Playing and representing Princeton was the highlight of my four years there."
Tarry graduated in June with a degree in economics and is working as a consultant in New York City.
Ted Forst, a Bronco captain who received Academic All-American honors in high school, played four years at Yale, making to the NCAA finals twice. In 2018, the Bulldogs won the NCAA National Championship for the first time in Yale’s history with a win over Duke, and in 2019 Yale made it to the finals, where the team lost to Virginia. In that championship game against Virginia, midfielder Forst assisted on a goal.
Former Bronco teammates Forst and Tarry met up at Princeton in March for a regular season game. In that game, the Bulldogs prevailed over the Tigers 15-10.
Charlie Tarry (No. 4) guarding former Bronxville teammate Ted Forst (43) in the Princeton-Yale game at Class of 1952 Stadium in Princeton on March 23, 2019. Photo courtesy Robert Goldstein.
Another member of the Class of 2015, Vivian Mroz, pursued her diving at Canisius College in Buffalo, NY. During high school, she was captain of the Bronxville swim team and received All-State recognition. At Canisius, she was a four-year Division I diver, placing in the top three every year at the MAAC Swimming and Diving Championship Meet. She is also a two-time NCAA Diving Zone Qualifier (NCAA qualification diving meet) and holds both the one and three-meter springboard records at Canisius.
In the spring of her senior year, Mroz used what was left of her NCAA eligibility and ran with the Canisius College track and field team. As a member of the track team, she qualified for her fifth MAAC Championship in three events, including the 100-meter hurdles and 400-meter hurdles.
She excelled not only in the pool and on the track but also in the classroom. Mroz made the dean's list multiple semesters and was actively involved as a student leader working as a tour guide, resident assistant, student-athlete representative, and peer educator.
Mroz had the opportunity to work with campus ministry participating in several community service opportunities, including trips to El Salvador and the US/Mexico border working with the Crispaz and KINO Border initiatives. Her experiences through athletics have been a pedestal for Mroz to excel in the classroom and in the community.
Vivian Mroz (left center) with her coach and teammates at Canisius College. Photo by Susan Mroz.
"I am extremely grateful to have had the opportunity to continue my athletic career as a college athlete,” said Mroz. “Athletics has opened so many doors on and off campus. It showed and taught me what it means to make a meaningful and lasting impact in your words and actions. Being a Golden Griff for four years was one of the best things I could have asked for. Much love and gratitude to my teammates, coaches, and athletic staff."
In total, seven athletes from BHS Class of 2015 showed enough drive and determination to complete four years of competition in college.
Others who competed include Chrissy Simon, Delia Hayes, and McLeod Abbott. Their accomplishments are listed below.
Chrissy Simon, tennis, Johns Hopkins
- Won all her matches in 2019, both doubles and singles.
- Tied for 15th in school history in career singles wins (38).
- Majored in economics and was named to the Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll for the past two years.
Delia Hayes, cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field, Boston College
- Competed all three seasons for four years.
- As a senior, Hayes:
- Set a PR in the 6K (21:24.8) at the ACC Cross Country Championships.
- Set a PR in the 3000m indoors with a time of 9:52.93.
- Ran a PR of 5:17.00 in the mile at the Ocean State Invitational and placed second in the 5000m at the Stonehill Skyhawk Invitational.
McLeod Abbott, squash, Bates College
Pictured at top (rotating): Charlie Tarry (No. 4) (photo courtesy Princeton University Men's Lacrosse); Vivian Mroz diving for Canisius College (photo by Susan Mroz).