Broncos hang tough with Tigers

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Helen Wood battles for possession on Sept. 26. After an early goal, the Broncos played close with the 7-0 Tigers.

By MIKE SMITH
The Mamaroneck field hockey squad continued its torrid pace on Sept. 26, topping a solid team from Bronxville 2-0 when it traveled to take on the Broncos. Despite the loss however, Bronxville coach Cassie Sullivan was pleased with the Broncos play as the small-school Broncos took everything the 7-0 Tigers dished out.

Amanda Prenty found the net for the first time just five minutes into the game on Thursday, staking the Tigers to a 1-0 lead they would hold for much of the game. With six minutes left, the Tigers sealed the win, thanks to a goal off the stick of Kimi Chiapparelli on a penalty corner.

“I think something snapped after that goal,” Smith said. “After that, the girls responded well and they played with Mamaroneck for the rest of the game. Things started clicking for us.”
Squaring off against the Broncos, the Tigers knew they would be in for a stiff test and responded with good ball movement and a special eye on Bronxville’s top scorer.

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Briana Alberghine looks to move the ball upfield against the Tigers. Bronxville was unable to score against Mamaroneck.

“We just decided to share the ball and played defense on Gretchen Richter,” Mamaroneck head coach John Savage said “We knew that if we could do that, we could control the game from the beginning.”

“They double and triple-team­ed Gretchen, so we tried some different things,” Sullivan said. “We tried having other girls bring the ball up, tried the whip, but that was definitely debilitating to our offense.”

Sullivan was proud of the way her Broncos hung with the Class A Tigers, who have outscored their opponents 45-1 this season. Bronxville, in Class C, played top-notch defense, especially on penalty corners, stopping 18 Tiger chances in the circle.

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Goalie Caroline Cahaney makes a save on a penalty corner against the Tigers. The Broncos were able to hold off 18 corner chances on the day. Photos/Mike Smith

“Even at halftime, the girls were saying ‘come on we can do this,’” Sullivan said. “We were playing to their level and that in itself is a huge accomplishment.”

With the loss, Bronxville is now 3-3-1 on the year, but Sullivan hopes the confidence instilled from the Mamaroneck game will serve as motivation going forward.

“Looking back on this, we can say if we did this against Mamaroneck, we can beat the teams on our level,” Sullivan said.

The Broncos will be back in action on Oct. 3, against Edgemont, and will be home the following day against Sleepy Hollow.

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Elizabeth Grass tries to get the ball out of the circle on Sept. 26. Bronxville’s defense has been solid this year.

As the playoffs loom, Sullivan is happy with how her team is playing, but feels they need to gel a little more if they hope to contend for a section title.

“We have strong defense, str­ong middies and strong forwards, individually,” she said. “The key is making that final tie between the midfield and the attack and finishing in the cage.”

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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.