By S. Quinn DeJoy and J. Murrer
Sep. 30, 2015: Bronxville field hockey may be a Class C team, but they can keep up with some of the best field hockey programs in Section 1. This coming weekend the Broncos will take on Rye, a Class B team ranked 3rd in the section.
"We are anxiously looking forward to seeing Rye Saturday," said Coach Jacquelyn Frawley. "Competitive games throughout the season help us to prepare for the post season. We have been playing Rye for many years as a pickup game, non-league, non-mandatory. We remember last year's game very well; we ended in a 1-1 tie."
The Broncos opened the season with a surprising 1-1 tie with Class C Valhalla, but key injuries kept the Broncos from playing their best game. They will play Valhalla again on October 6.
"It was really rough in the beginning because a lot of players were injured and kept hurting their ankles," said co-captain Caroline DePaul, "but now almost everyone is cleared."
The Broncos, 6-2-1 so far this season, are ranked #6 in the Lohud Power Rankings and have a talented offense, including forwards DePaul and co-captain Lilly Grass, as well as junior midfielder Ellie Walsh. Also contributing at midfield is freshman Caroline Brashear. The Bronco offense came alive last week shutting out Briarcliff 6-0 with Grass and Walsh scoring two goals apiece.
Senior co-captain Brennan O'Toole is the only returning defender and is joined by starting sophomore Hadley Barr. Junior Katie Gordon, who played goalie for the JV team last year, has moved up to varsity as goalkeeper this fall.
The Broncos' only two losses came to Class A Scarsdale, a team ranked #5 in the Lohud Power Rankings. Scarsdale had a solid 6-3 victory over Bronxville the first time the two teams met, but last week's loss was a much more competitive game. The two teams were tied 3-3 with no time left on the clock, but a penalty against Bronxville allowed Scarsdale to score on a corner shot, winning the game.
Playing larger schools has helped make the Broncos competitive in the Class C playoffs. Last year, the field hockey team was sectional and regional champ and made it all the way to the state semifinals. The home game on Saturday against Rye starts at 3:00 pm.
Anthony Napolitano scored two touchdowns for the Broncos in a 41-8 win over Yonkers Montessori on Saturday. Quarterback Brian DePaul also scored twice, completing 5 of 7 passes for 88 yards and rushing for 60. Nick Sutherland had 14 tackles, including 4 sacks, and Will von Mehren had a 65-yard interception return for a touchdown. The Broncos will play away at Pleasantville on Saturday at 7:00 pm.
The boys' soccer team moved up to #10 in the Lohud Power Rankings this week. The 7-1 Broncos, ranked #1 in Class B, handed Spring Valley a 5-0 loss last week. Will Vranka had two goals and one assist, Jeb Burnell had one goal and one assist, and Sam Aherne and Luke Doukas each scored one. The Broncos will play a league game at Edgemont on Thursday.
The girls' soccer team (4-2-1) was 1-1 last week with a solid 5-0 victory over Sleepy Hollow and a disappointing 2-1 overtime loss to Pearl River. The Broncos remain at the top of Class B and are #7 in the Lohud Power Rankings.
Boys' Cross Country
The boys' cross country team competed at the Six Flags Wild Safari Invitational this past weekend. In the Varsity E race with competitors from sixteen different teams, Sean Ryan came in 2nd, Henry Vollmer placed 8th, Hiroshi Kawakatsu placed 14th, and Joe Dougherty finished 17th. Ryan's time, 16:25, gave him an 8th-place finish in the merge of all five of the varsity races. The meet included over 100 public and private schools, mostly from New York and New Jersey.
Girls' Cross Country
At the Xavier Invitational held last Saturday at Van Cortlandt Park, the Bronxville girls finished first in a field of eleven teams. Kaitlin Ryan placed first, followed by Hilary Rizzo (3rd), Kirsten Ircha (4th), Olivia Scotti (8th), and Carlie Hoffer (11th). The freshman team (Gigi Chrappa, Emma Mandanas, Marguerite Scotti, Sophia Sulimirski, and Avery Widen) also placed first at the meet.
The girls' tennis team remains undefeated in league play with a 7-0 win over Rye Neck last week. In non-league play, the girls lost to Ursuline, 6-1.
Pictured here: The varsity field hockey team playing against Scarsdale earlier this season.
Photo by J. Murrer