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About Mike Smith

Mike Smith has been with Hometown Media Group since 2007, serving as the company’s Sports Editor. Mike has been commended for his work by the New York Press Association, winning awards in 2008 for “Best Sports Feature” and again in 2009 as part of a team that put together “The Game,” a breakdown of the Harrison-Rye football rivalry, which won for “Best Special Section.” His weekly column, “Live Mike,” offers his unique insights into a broad range of topics in the sports world. He resides in Eastchester, N.Y. and spends most of his free time serving as the player-manager for a competitive men’s baseball team in New York City. Reach Mike at 914-653-1000 x22 or sports@hometwn.com; follow him on Twitter @LiveMike_Sports.

Heather Gardiner battles with a Rye player at Nugent Stadium. Photos/Mike Smith

Tigers finish strong

Mallory Lynch pushes the ball upfield against the Tigers on Monday. Rye was trailing 2-1 at halftime, but the Tigers made a strong push in the second half to come away with a decisive 6-1 win.

Mallory Lynch pushes the ball upfield against the Tigers on Monday. Rye was trailing 2-1 at halftime, but the Tigers made a strong push in the second half to come away with a decisive 6-1 win.

By MIKE SMITH
After a dominant run that saw the Mamaroneck field hockey team rack up 13 straight wins and outscore its opponents 97-0 this year, the Tigers’ unblemished streak came to an end on Thursday, Oct. 16 with a 1-0 loss against a nationally-ranked Lakeland squad.

That loss might be just what the Tigers needed.

After falling to the Lancers, Mamaroneck stepped up its game, finishing the regular season with two decisive wins over top teams to finish the season with a top-seed in the Class A playoffs and a full head of steam heading into postseason.

Last Thursday, the Tigers stayed with the second-ranked team in the country, outshooting Lakeland 18-9 in a losing effort but gained some much needed confidence in the process. Additionally, said head coach John Savage, surrendering the Tigers’ first goal of the season may have been a boon for Mamaroneck moving forward.

“We went head-to-head with them, and I think we outplayed them, especially in the second half,” said Savage. “I think it got the elephant off their back when Lakeland scored that goal, it helped them shed some of that weight and now they can just play the game.”

Mamaroneck showed as much over the course of their next two games.

On Saturday, Oct. 18, the Tigers mauled the third-ranked team in Connecticut, Darien, beating the Blue Wave—a team that lost 2-0 to Lakeland—6-1. Two days later, taking on a stellar Rye team, Mamaroneck was able to extend a 2-1 lead at the half, and beat the Garnets 6-1 to close out the regular season.

Heather Gardiner battles with a Rye player at Nugent Stadium. Photos/Mike Smith

Heather Gardiner battles with a Rye player at Nugent Stadium. Photos/Mike Smith

“I think you saw, after Darien scored a goal, it wasn’t like ‘Oh my god, they scored,’” said Savage. “The girls just ran the ball back to midfield and started playing.”

Mamaroneck has also benefited from a formation change that Savage put in place after the Lakeland game. By moving around four of the team’s stars, Kimi Chiapparelli, Grace Fitzgerald and Ellie and Karen Seid, the Tigers’ offense has come alive over the past two games.

“I think the new formation has led to more people scoring,” said the head coach. “We had five different girls score against Darien, four different girls score against Rye.”

The field hockey postseason is set to kick off on Friday, Oct. 24 when teams play outbracket games, but Mamaroneck will likely not play until Oct. 30 because of a first round bye.

Ellie Seid gets ready for a corner chance against the Garnets. Seid and the Tigers have lost just one game this season and have outscored opponents 110-3.

Ellie Seid gets ready for a corner chance against the Garnets. Seid and the Tigers have lost just one game this season and have outscored opponents 110-3.

Although Savage believes that downtime could be a problem for other clubs, he feels that his strong veteran core will actually benefit from a week off. The Tigers will scrimmage a team from London on Oct. 22, after press time, and potentially schedule a scrimmage for the beginning of next week.

“I’m not worried about a break with this group,” said Savage. “Also, we’re a little banged up. We’ve got a few girls working back from high-ankle sprains, so I think this will give us a chance to rest up and get rejuvenated for the playoffs.

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Mamaroneck’s Lizzie Clarke fights for control of the ball with a Rye Garnet on Monday, Oct. 20. Mamaroneck beat the Garnets 6-1.

Mamaroneck’s Lizzie Clarke fights for control of the ball with a Rye Garnet on Monday, Oct. 20. Mamaroneck beat the Garnets 6-1.

 
Heather Gardiner battles with a Rye player at Nugent Stadium. Photos/Mike Smith

Garnets eye postseason

Mallory Lynch pushes the ball upfield against the Tigers on Monday. Rye was trailing 2-1 at halftime, but the Tigers made a strong push in the second half to come away with a decisive 6-1 win.

Mallory Lynch pushes the ball upfield against the Tigers on Monday. Rye was trailing 2-1 at halftime, but the Tigers made a strong push in the second half to come away with a decisive 6-1 win.

By MIKE SMITH
On Monday, Oct. 20, the Rye Garnets faced one of their toughest tests of the season, taking on top-ranked Class A Mamaroneck at home in a much-needed tune-up before the start of the postseason. Although they played Mamaroneck tough, the visiting team caught fire in the second half, beating the Garnets 6-1.  

Ellie Seid started the scoring for Mamaroneck midway though the first half, but Rye bounced right back on an Emily Antinozzi score on the ensuing possession. That Rye was able to go into the half trailing just 2-1 against a team that has outscored its opponents 110-3 on the year is no small feat for the Garnets.

“They played us very tough in that first half,” said Mamaroneck coach John Savage. “But we were able to get things going in the second.”

Heather Gardiner battles with a Rye player at Nugent Stadium. Photos/Mike Smith

Heather Gardiner battles with a Rye player at Nugent Stadium. Photos/Mike Smith

Mamaroneck scored four unanswered goals when play resumed, more than enough to bury the Garnets. Ellie Seid led the way with three goals, while Lizzie Clarke and Grace Fitzgerald both added a goal and an assist.  Heather Gardiner rounded out the Mamaroneck scoring with a goal of her own.

According to Savage, the team’s offense has been clicking since a 1-0 loss to Lakeland on Oct. 17—the squad’s only loss of the season—prompting the coach to juggle his formation a bit. Hoping to generate more scoring chances, Savage re-positioned four of his top players—Kimi Chiapparelli, Grace Fitzgerald and Ellie and Karen Seid—and so far, the results have been stellar. In the two games since the loss to Lakeland, Mamaroneck has scored 13 goals.

Mamaroneck’s Lizzie Clarke fights for control of the ball with a Rye Garnet on Monday, Oct. 20. Mamaroneck beat the Garnets 6-1.

Mamaroneck’s Lizzie Clarke fights for control of the ball with a Rye Garnet on Monday, Oct. 20. Mamaroneck beat the Garnets 6-1.

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Ellie Seid gets ready for a corner chance against the Garnets. Seid and the Tigers have lost just one game this season and have outscored opponents 110-3.

“I think changing things around has led to more people scoring,” said Savage. “We had five different girls score against Darien, four different girls score against Rye.

With the win, Mamaroneck has wrapped up the top seed in the Class A postseason. They will most likely be in action on Thursday, Oct. 30 after a first-round bye.
The Garnets, on the other hand, are projected to secure a No. 3 seed in the Class B bracket and open up play this weekend against the winner of a first-round matchup between Nyack and Somers. The top seed in the Class B tournament, Lakeland, is currently undefeated and ranked as the top field hockey team in the country.

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NOT TO BAD

Column: A question of loyalty

The Huguenot defense swarms a Scarsdale ball carrier on Oct. 11. Taking in a New Rochelle-Scarsdale football game proved an arduous task for Sports Editor Mike Smith. Photo/Bobby Begun

The Huguenot defense swarms a Scarsdale ball carrier on Oct. 11. Taking in a New Rochelle-Scarsdale football game proved an arduous task for Sports Editor Mike Smith. Photo/Bobby Begun

I found myself in an odd position on Saturday night.

I was pacing the New Rochelle sidelines, taking copious notes after each play from scrimmage as the Huguenot football team did its best to defend a perfect record.

While that might not sound like anything out of the ordinary given my job description, it was the team across the field that was giving me an odd feeling in the pit of my stomach. My alma mater, Scarsdale.

I’ve been at the Review for a while now, and I’ve seen Scarsdale teams come into town in just about every sport. But for whatever reason—probably scheduling—I’d never covered a football game in which my beloved Raiders were the enemy.

As a community reporter, I can’t help but root for our local teams. Because of my job, I am heavily invested in the success of each of the eight schools in our coverage area; even Mamaroneck and New Rochelle, who were—at least when I donned the Maroon and White of Scarsdale—once my bitter rivals.

But heading into this week’s game, a battle of the undefeateds, I was inundated with Facebook messages and emails from my Raider Football Alumni Group, inspirational words from former Scarsdaleans keen to see our hometown team continue to win as they embarked on what has been our school’s best football season of the last three decades.

So I headed to McKenna Field on Saturday with at least some part of me hoping that the Raiders acquitted themselves well. I may not know the names on the team anymore; I’ve been out of high school so long that even my friends’ younger brothers have come and gone, but many of the coaches that I grew up competing for are still patrolling the sidelines for Scarsdale, a heavy reminder of my own playing days.

As it turned out, the Huguenots had little problem with the Raiders. After the first half, there wasn’t much hope for a comeback. In terms of the story I was slated to write, that wasn’t a bad thing. But I couldn’t help but feel for the Raiders and their fans who have waited for so long to cheer for a champion.

After the game, I got a chance to reconnect with some of the old coaching staff—guys who have given their lives to the program for the last 20 years or so. It was a bittersweet moment, for sure, but also a chance for me to reconnect with some of the men who meant so much to me in my formative years.

And given their success this year, I may have a chance to see the Raiders again this fall, in a potential first round playoff game against a Mamaroneck team that has risen to prominence over the last few years.

If that day comes, it will undoubtedly be a tough one for me. Do I root for my past? Or for my present?

I might have to call in sick.

 

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Senior running back Jon Forrest busts a long run against Scarsdale on Oct. 11. Forrest picked up 87 yards on five carries before leaving the game with a knee injury.

Huguenots stay perfect

Junior quarterback Greg Powell rushes for a touchdown against the Raiders. Powell has led the Huguenots to a 6-0 record this fall.

Junior quarterback Greg Powell rushes for a touchdown against the Raiders. Powell has led the Huguenots to a 6-0 record this fall.

By MIKE SMITH
On Oct. 11, the undefeated New Rochelle Huguenots notched another big win, trouncing previously unbeaten Scarsdale 27-0 on Senior Night at McKenna Field. With the win, the Huguenots improved to 6-0 on the season and guaranteed themselves a top seed in the upcoming Class AA playoffs. 

The Huguenots came into Saturday’s game looking to gain some measure of revenge against a Scarsdale squad that handed them a loss the last time the two teams met.

48 minutes later, they were able to erase the memory of last year’s loss with an impressive showing on both sides of the ball.

“The word of the week was ‘redemption,’” said New Rochelle quarterback Greg Powell.  “We really had to humble ourselves because even though we were 5-0, we knew they were a really good team.”

New Rochelle’s defense, which has long been the calling card of the program, was stellar once again, pitching its second shutout of the season. Scarsdale’s best chance to score came at the end of the first half, when they found themselves on the Huguenot’s five yard line, but a third-down sack by Corey Holder forced a 30-yard field goal attempt which was blocked by the senior lineman.

Senior running back Jon Forrest busts a long run against Scarsdale on Oct. 11. Forrest picked up 87 yards on five carries before leaving the game with a knee injury.

Senior running back Jon Forrest busts a long run against Scarsdale on Oct. 11. Forrest picked up 87 yards on five carries before leaving the game with a knee injury.

“They’re a triple-option team and they’re very well coached,” said New Rochelle coach Lou DiRienzo. “When you’re playing an option team, it’s assignment football and if one guy busts, they can get a guy out. But I thought we played very well.”

The Raiders came into the game a bit shorthanded, with five starters—including standout James Nicholas—sidelined due to injury, but the Huguenots played the second half without senior running back Jon Forrest, who ran for 87 yards and a touchdown before leaving the game with a knee injury.

In his absence, a number of Huguenots picked up the slack, as Keith Wheeler, CJ Anthony and Greg Powell all found the end zone.

Freshman Jared Baron got the bulk of the carries after Forrest’s injury and established himself as a promising young talent.

“The thing about [Jared] is that he’s a football player through and through,” said DiRienzo. “He has a similar style to Jon Forrest and you can see the way that Forrest mentors him and helps him to grow as a player.”

Keith Wheeler intercepts a pass intended for a Scarsdale receiver. New Rochelle’s defense has allowed just 41 points through six games this year.

Keith Wheeler intercepts a pass intended for a Scarsdale receiver. New Rochelle’s defense has allowed just 41 points through six games this year.

New Rochelle will close out the regular season with a game against Carmel before getting ready for a first-round playoff showdown with either Mahopac or Clarkstown South.

“We want to finish strong, just like we started,” said Powell. “We’ve been playing well, but we need to continue to get better because the playoffs are a whole other season.”

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Freshman running back Jared Baron carries the ball against Scarsdale. The young halfback filled in admirably for the injured Forrest in the second half. Photos/Bobby Begun

Freshman running back Jared Baron carries the ball against Scarsdale. The young halfback filled in admirably for the injured Forrest in the second half. Photos/Bobby Begun

 
Senior midfielder Zoe Mittman pushes the ball upfield against Clarkstown South on Oct. 9. Harrison beat the Vikings 4-0.

Huskies turning corner

Senior midfielder Zoe Mittman pushes the ball upfield against Clarkstown South on Oct. 9. Harrison beat the Vikings 4-0.

Senior midfielder Zoe Mittman pushes the ball upfield against Clarkstown South on Oct. 9. Harrison beat the Vikings 4-0.

By MIKE SMITH
The young Harrison field hockey team has been working to come together all year, and if the team’s last two games are any indication, the squad seems to be peaking at the right time; just before postseason play begins.

The Huskies, who are currently 4-8-2, split their last two games but all signs seem to be pointing upward as the team continues to gel.

On Oct. 9, the team put together its best performance to date, downing Clarkstown South 4-0 at home. Christine Cardascia led the way for Harrison with two goals and two assists on the afternoon. Goalie Christina DeCarlo did her best to keep the Vikings off the board, stopping all six Clarkstown South shots on goals in the impressive win.

“That was definitely our best game of the year,” said Huskies’ coach Sara Witmer. “All year, we’ve been striving to be consistent, and against Clarkstown, every single player was at their best.”

On Oct. 13, taking on a solid Pearl River team, the Huskies again looked good, despite falling 1-0 on the strength of Pirate star Jackie Dowling’s goal. DeCarlo, once again in goal, made a whopping 16 saves on the day.

A Harrison player fights for the ball against a Clarkstown South defender.

A Harrison player fights for the ball against a Clarkstown South defender.

“She’s definitely stepped up a lot in the last few weeks,” said Witmer of her goalie’s play. “She had to make a lot of saves on corners, so I don’t think that the number of shots on goal really reflected the entire game, because we played well.”

With the postseason seeding meeting  coming up on Oct. 21, the Huskies are finally starting to find their rhythm. Witmer is beginning to see a better effort in each game, something that has her excited about Harrison’s postseason chances.

“All year long we’ve been focusing on getting that consistency,” said the head coach. “We’ve had players step up but hadn’t been able to hit that consistency every game.”

Harrison will host Clarkstown North on Oct. 17 before gearing up for the regular season finale against Nyack on Oct. 21. Nyack is coming off an Oct. 9, 2-1 loss against a solid Nanuet team. Witmer said her team is focused on firing on all cylinders for when the postseason kicks off.

Christine Cardascia controls the ball against the Vikings on Oct. 9. Cardascia had two goals and two assists in the win.

Christine Cardascia controls the ball against the Vikings on Oct. 9. Cardascia had two goals and two assists in the win.

“Something we’ve talked about all through this season is how if you miss one play, that might be the play the other team scores,” said the head coach. “We just need to work on the really important little things as we get ready for
the playoffs.”

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Sophomore defender Taylor Kelly chases down a Viking opponent on Oct. 9. Photos/Mike Smith

Sophomore defender Taylor Kelly chases down a Viking opponent on Oct. 9. Photos/Mike Smith

 
Senior Dom Brescia breaks a tackle against the Eagles on Oct. 12. Brescia rushed for 234 yards 
to lead the Panthers.

Panthers rout Eagles

Jake Sevean runs for a score against Dobbs Ferry on Oct. 12. Sevean found the end zone three times on the day en route to a 33-7 win.

Jake Sevean runs for a score against Dobbs Ferry on Oct. 12. Sevean found the end zone three times on the day en route to a 33-7 win.

By MIKE SMITH
Area fans were treated to a playoff appetizer of sorts on Oct. 12, when Rye Neck hosted Dobbs Ferry in what would serve as a preview of a first-round Class C matchup. If Sunday’s game is any indication, the Panthers seem to have the Eagles’ number, coming away with a 33-7 win.

Rye Neck controlled the tempo from the opening kickoff, handing the Eagles their second loss of the season and all but securing home field advantage for a playoff rematch scheduled for Oct. 25. Senior running back Dom Brescia led the way for the Panthers with 234 yards on the ground while quarterback Jake Sevean ran for 116 yards and three scores and completed five passes for 60 yards on the afternoon. Pedro Cueto added another touchdown on a 21-yard scamper.

According to Sevean, it was the physical play of the Panthers’ line that paved the way for Rye Neck’s success.

“The line did amazing,” said Sevean. “They were coming off the ball hard, they got a great push from start to finish and that’s why we played the way we did.”

Senior Dom Brescia breaks a tackle against the Eagles on Oct. 12. Brescia rushed for 234 yards  to lead the Panthers.

Senior Dom Brescia breaks a tackle against the Eagles on Oct. 12. Brescia rushed for 234 yards
to lead the Panthers.

Sevean, returning from an injury he sustained two weeks ago against Bronxville, took over as the Panthers’ quarterback this week and shined on both sides of the ball, intercepting a Chris Cipriano pass in the fourth quarter to dash any hopes for a Dobbs Ferry comeback.

Rye Neck coach Nick Ianello has been pleased so far with Sevean’s emergence as a threat under center.

“There’s not much you can say,” said Ianello. “He’s just a phenomenal athlete.”

Both teams came into the weekend at 4-1 on the season, but the Panthers’ depth proved the difference on Sunday. According to Ianello, this might have been the Black Hats best performance to date especially on the defensive side of the ball.

“Dobbs Ferry is a good team, a perennial state power,” he said. “In this day and age, not a lot of people play defense and we just keep trying to play defense and get better week to week.”

Fullback Pedro Cueto finds open space against the Dobbs Ferry defense. Photos/Mike Smith

Fullback Pedro Cueto finds open space against the Dobbs Ferry defense. Photos/Mike Smith

Rye Neck has one regular season game left on the schedule and will host a 2-4 Blind Brook team on Oct. 18.  They will enter the Class C postseason as the No. 2 seed and look to follow the same template for success against the No. 3 seed Eagles once again.

“This was an important win for us,” said Sevean. “We’ve got Blind Brook next week, that’s a game we’ve got to win, and then we’ll come back and play [Dobbs Ferry] again, and hopefully we’ll do the same thing.”

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Rye Neck’s defense swarms a Dobbs Ferry ball carrier on Oct. 12. Photos/Mike Smith

Rye Neck’s defense swarms a Dobbs Ferry ball carrier on Oct. 12. Photos/Mike Smith

 

Mike Calabrese dribbles the ball down the sidelines against Rye Neck on Oct. 7. Bronxville won 4-0.

Broncos stay hot

Sam Aherne dribbles through some Rye Neck defenders on Oct. 7. Aherne had two goals in a win against the Rye Neck Panthers.

Sam Aherne dribbles through some Rye Neck defenders on Oct. 7. Aherne had two goals in a win against the Rye Neck Panthers.

By MIKE SMITH
On Oct. 7, the Bronxville Broncos bested a stiff challenge from Rye Neck, beating the Panthers 4-0 at home. The win is the Broncos’ fourth straight, a good sign as the team gets ready for the postseason. 

Junior striker Sam Aherne led the way with two goals, netting the game’s first score just 12 minutes into the first half to kick things off for Bronxville. Ferdinand Schmuck found the net with a header off a corner kick and Owen Balsiero also scored.

According to Bronxville head coach Donny Lucas, the Broncos’ ability to finish has been a strength all year long, and one of the reasons the team is currently 9-2-2 on the season.

“Of course, Sam [Aherne] has been our go-to guy,” said the head coach. “But we have a bunch of guys who can score, so it’s not just him up front.”

Bronxville’s defense was stingy on Monday as well, not allowing a Rye Neck shot until the second half.

Although he was happy with the defensive effort against the Panthers, Lucas said he is still looking to see more consistency on that end on a game-to-game basis. Recently, Lucas moved sophomore Matt Toal back to help bolster the defensive unit.

John Calabrese controls the ball against the Panthers. Bronxville is currently 9-2-2 on the year.

John Calabrese controls the ball against the Panthers. Bronxville is currently 9-2-2 on the year.

“I’d still like to see the defense come together a little more,” said the head coach. “One of the only returning guys we have back there is [goalkeeper] Joe Pepe.”

With just three games to go in the regular season, Lucas has been pleased with the way his Broncos have acquitted themselves against the area’s top teams. So far, the team’s two losses came against Valhalla and Edgemont but the Broncos managed to avenge the latter, beating Edgemont 1-0 in a rematch last week.

“I’d like to say that, right now, we’re in a better position than I thought we’d be in,” said Lucas. “In all my years here, this has been definitely the toughest schedule that we’ve played.”

But having a veteran crew—even one beset by injuries this year—has been instrumental in pulling out wins against tough teams, he added.

“We’ve got fourteen seniors this year, and they have a lot of pride in what they do, a lot of pride in the program,” said Lucas. “But we haven’t even played with a full team yet, with all the injuries we’ve had. Hopefully by this weekend, everyone will be healthy.”

The home stretch doesn’t get any easier for the Broncos, who will take on Ardsley and Valhalla, as well as Section 9 power Rhinebeck, who is currently ranked second in the state in Class B.

Mathew McCloskey pushes past some defenders on Oct. 7. Bronxville defeated Rye Neck 4-0.  Photos/Mike Smith

Mathew McCloskey pushes past some defenders on Oct. 7. Bronxville defeated Rye Neck 4-0.
Photos/Mike Smith

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Mike Calabrese dribbles the ball down the sidelines against Rye Neck on Oct. 7. Bronxville won 4-0.

Mike Calabrese dribbles the ball down the sidelines against Rye Neck on Oct. 7. Bronxville won 4-0.

 
Quarterback Bill Flatow rolls out to pass on Oct. 2. Flatow finished with nine completions for 158 yards and two touchdowns on the day.

Admirals edge Tigers

Quarterback Bill Flatow rolls out to pass on Oct. 2. Flatow finished with nine completions for 158 yards and two touchdowns on the day.

Quarterback Bill Flatow rolls out to pass on Oct. 2. Flatow finished with nine completions for 158 yards and two touchdowns on the day.

By MIKE SMITH
On Oct. 2, The Arlington Admirals handed Mamaroneck its first loss of the 2014 season, beating the Tigers 28-20 in a matchup between two Class AA powers. Although the Tigers, 4-1, are no longer in possession of an unbeaten mark this year, they are looking to close out the season on a high note and earn a spot in the postseason. 

The Admirals were lead by a strong second-half effort from running back Austin Green, who scored three touchdowns in the half to help his squad overcome a 12-7 Tiger lead. Green made the most of his limited touches, breaking scoring runs of 45, 32 and 90 yards on the evening.

“I think we did a good job in the flow of that game,” said Tiger coach Anthony Vitti. “But it was really two big plays that put us behind the eight ball.”

The Tigers’ early lead came on long touchdown passes from Bill Flatow to Emerson Genovese and Sam DeLucia, Flatow completed nine passes for 158 yards despite missing his favorite target, wideout Alex Parkinson who was serving a one-game suspension.

“Bill was having a good year, even before this game,” said Vitti. “He knows that all eyes are on the quarterback and he’s definitely a competitor.”

Arlington’s Justin Leigh snags a second-half interception on a pass intended for Michael Fabiano.

Arlington’s Justin Leigh snags a second-half interception on a pass intended for Michael Fabiano.

Although the Parkinson suspension hurt the Tigers on both sides of the ball, Vitti added that it didn’t affect the mindset of the team heading into the Thursday matchup.

“In terms of our game plan, our philosophy is always ‘next man up,’” said the head coach. “Obviously, [Parkinson] is a big part of what we do, but we had our guys step up.”

Standout running back Marquez Jackson-Allen — who rushed for 196 yards in each of the Tigers’ previous two games—was held in check early, but finished the day with 128 yards and a score. The senior also came up big with several key plays on the defensive end, including a touchdown-saving pass deflection in the first half.

“He’s the kind of kid who will never quit on a play and you saw that on Thursday,” said Vitti. “He might not have had his five or six yards per carry like people are used to seeing, but no matter what, [No. 22] is a huge part of what we are trying to do.”

Although Vitti was pleased with some aspects of the team’s performance on Thursday, he felt that the team committed too many penalties, something that has been a problem even in the team’s four wins.

“Penalties have kind of been a bugaboo for us, and they’ve definitely haunted us in some cases,” he said. “We’re going to try and right some of those mistakes in practice this week.”

Marquez Jackson-Allen fights through two tacklers on Oct. 2. Jackson-Allen finished with 128 yards on the ground. Photos/Mike Smith

Marquez Jackson-Allen fights through two tacklers on Oct. 2. Jackson-Allen finished with 128 yards on the ground. Photos/Mike Smith

Bowen Colon makes a crushing hit on the opening kickoff during the Tigers’ Oct. 2 game against Arlington. Arlington beat Mamaroneck 28-20.

Bowen Colon makes a crushing hit on the opening kickoff during the Tigers’ Oct. 2 game against Arlington. Arlington beat Mamaroneck 28-20.

The Tigers are back in action on Oct. 11 when they travel to Fox Lane to take on the Foxes, 1-4.  They will close out the season on the road against Suffern on Oct. 17.

“You only get nine of these games, so you have to move on,” said Vitti. “It definitely stings, and it will stick in your craw until we play again.”

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Tomas Illanes goes up for a header on Oct. 7. The Tigers can win another league title with a win against Mount Vernon in two weeks.

Tigers fall to New Ro

Juan Giraldo fights with a New Rochelle defender for possession of the ball on Oct. 7. The Tigers lost a heartbreaker to the Huguenots 2-1 on a late penalty kick.

Juan Giraldo fights with a New Rochelle defender for possession of the ball on Oct. 7. The Tigers lost a heartbreaker to the Huguenots 2-1 on a late penalty kick.

 

By MIKE SMITH
On Oct. 7, the Mamaroneck boys’ soccer team lost a heartbreaker to league rival New Rochelle, falling 2-1 to the Huguenots on a late penalty kick. With just three losses spread out over the last two seasons, dealing with defeat might not be a common feeling for the Tigers, but head coach Rich Becker is confident that, as Mamaroneck looks towards claiming another league title and making a deep playoff run this year, it will be what the team can glean from its missteps that will prove the ultimate difference maker. 

With the score tied in the 75th minute on Monday, a quick Huguenot counter-attack led to a penalty in the box on New Rochelle forward Brian Barrenechea. Barrenechea converted on the penalty kick to give the Huguenots a big win over the reigning league champs. According to Becker, the 2-1 loss should serve as a reminder to his team that, especially come playoff time, the momentum of a game can swing instantaneously.

“I think it shows the kids that regardless of what happens in a game, if you don’t put the ball in the back of the net early on, those kinds of bounces, those plays, can make the difference in a game,” the head coach said.

Mamaroneck, which is currently 6-2-2 on the season, is coming off a 2013 season that saw the Tigers go undefeated, only to fall in the Class AA semifinals to a hungry Horace Greeley team.

Tomas Illanes goes up for a header on Oct. 7. The Tigers can win another league title with a win against Mount Vernon in two weeks.

Tomas Illanes goes up for a header on Oct. 7. The Tigers can win another league title with a win against Mount Vernon in two weeks.

This year, Becker and the Tigers are stressing the importance of sustaining their elite play throughout the postseason.

“Last year, it was nice to be undefeated, but I think we peaked too early,” he said. “Fortunately, if we can beat Mount Vernon in two weeks, we can seal up the league title, which was our first goal this year, and start to prepare for the postseason.”

By all accounts, the Tigers would seem like a team built for postseason play.

With a multi-faceted attack led by Juan Giraldo, Yeison Benegas, Alejandro Lopez and Jonathan Maldonado, the Tigers have no shortage of players who can put the ball in the net. Furthermore, with a number of injuries to starters early in the year, Becker has been able to get more players in the rotation, strengthening the Tigers’ depth for the playoff push.

“We’re not too top-heavy and we can spread the ball around,” said Becker. “It’s always beneficial to have more than one scoring threat on the field.”

The Tigers will be tested over the next few weeks as they take on some tough non-conference opponents before looking to clinch a league title. Mamaroneck will travel to Port Chester on Oct. 8, after press time, to take on a good Rams team and will also play against the Newburgh Free Academy on Oct. 13 in the annual Section 1-Section IX challenge.

Senior Quentin Sakakeeny controls the ball at midfield on Oct. 7. Mamaroneck is 6-2-2 on the season after a close loss to New Rochelle. Photos/Bobby Begun

Senior Quentin Sakakeeny controls the ball at midfield on Oct. 7. Mamaroneck is 6-2-2 on the season after a close loss to New Rochelle. Photos/Bobby Begun

“We just need to make sure we’re paying attention to detail, working on the little things,” said Becker. “It’s those little mistakes, like the one against New Rochelle that they called the penalty on, that we need to fix.”

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Jack Green looks to push the ball upfield on Oct. 7.

Jack Green looks to push the ball upfield on Oct. 7.

Bronxville’s Mike Calabrese controls the ball against the Panthers on Oct. 7. The Panthers fell to a surging Bronxville team that has won its last four games. Photos/Mike Smith

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Bronxville’s Mike Calabrese controls the ball against the Panthers on Oct. 7. The Panthers fell to a surging Bronxville team that has won its last four games. Photos/Mike Smith

Bronxville’s Mike Calabrese controls the ball against the Panthers on Oct. 7. The Panthers fell to a surging Bronxville team that has won its last four games. Photos/Mike Smith

Boys Soccer
10/7 Bronxville d. Rye Neck 4-0
On Oct. 7, the Bronxville Broncos bested a stiff challenge from Rye Neck, beating the Panthers 4-0 at home. The win is the Broncos’ fourth straight, a good sign as the team gets ready for the postseason.

Junior striker Sam Aherne led the way with two goals against the Panthers, netting the game’s first score just 12 minutes into the first half to kick things off for Bronxville. Ferdinand Schmuck found the net with a header off a corner kick and Owen Balsiero also scored.

According to Bronxville head coach Donny Lucas, the Broncos’ ability to finish has been a strength all year long, and one of the reason the team is currently 9-2-2 on the season.

“Of course, Sam [Aherne] has been our go-to guy,” said the head coach. “But we have a bunch of guys who can score, so it’s not just him up front.”

Bronxville’s defense was stingy on Monday as well, not allowing a Rye Neck shot until the second half.

10/8 Rye d. Roosevelt 7-2
Grant Keith led the Garnets in a romp over Roosevelt on Tuesday, scoring three goals against the Indians in a 7-2 win. Teammate Will Colwell proved an excellent facilitator, dishing out three assists in the win.

Rye Neck defenders try to stop Bronxville’s Sam Aherne on Oct. 7. Aherne scored two goals to help the Broncos defeat the Panthers 4-0.

Rye Neck defenders try to stop Bronxville’s Sam Aherne on Oct. 7. Aherne scored two goals to help the Broncos defeat the Panthers 4-0.

The Garnets are looking to close out the season on a strong note, but have a number of tough games left on the schedule. On Oct. 10, they will take on a Horace Greeley squad that is coming off a season that saw them make the Class AA finals,

 

Girls Soccer
10/2 Albertus Magnus d. Rye Neck 3-0
Albertus Magnus shut out the Panthers last Thursday, fighting for a 3-0 win on the road against Rye Neck. Panther netminder Sabrina Albanese was tested often and made 13 saves against the Falcons. Kyra Berkner, Val Monaco and Jackie Henley all found the net for Albertus.

 

 Volleyball
10/1 Rye d. Scarsdale B 3-2
Against the Scarsdale B squad on Oct. 1, the Garnets overcame a shaky first game to overtake the Raiders. After falling 25-15 to start the day, Rye battled back over the next four games to pick up a much-needed win. The Garnets won the decisive fifth game 25-22.

According to head coach Melanie Flowers, a reorganization of personnel was just one thing that factored into the Garnets’ win on Wednesday.

Jaime Donnelly sends the ball over the net against the Scarsdale B team on Oct. 1.  Photos/Bobby Begun

Jaime Donnelly sends the ball over the net against the Scarsdale B team on Oct. 1.
Photos/Bobby Begun

 

 

“I did switch the line around and put a stronger hitter at the outside hitter position which gave us an advantage over the other team,” said Flowers. “We also found a way to utilize a second libero and used her in the back line which definitely helped with
our receiving.”

10/2 Rye Neck d. Blind Brook 3-0
The Panthers rolled over the Trojans on Oct. 2, beating Blind Brook in three straight games to take the match. The Panthers were led by Jackie DeCicco, who notched eight kills in the victory.

Rye’s Olivia Chavez goes for a spike on Oct. 1. Rye beat the Scarsdale B team 3-2.

Rye’s Olivia Chavez goes for a spike on Oct. 1. Rye beat the Scarsdale B team 3-2.