By MIKE SMITH
The Bronxville Broncos may have been stopped in their hunt for a state title on June 6, but the 2014 Broncos squad was able to make history this year, going 13-8-2 and capturing the program’s first-ever Section I crown in the process.
Despite controlling the majority of the draws as well as the time of possession, Bronxville fell to Cold Spring Harbor in the semifinals at SUNY Cortland earlier this month. The Seahawks made the most of their chances while stifling the Broncos attack en route to a 16-4 win over Bronxville.
Bronxville coach Sharon Robinson said despite leading the Seahawks in several statistical categories, the Broncos’ inability to slow down Cold Spring Harbor proved their undoing.
“It’s funny because we won 51 percent of the face-offs and beat them 39-22 on ground balls,” the coach said. “But they were very quick and were really able to score a lot of goals on the transition.”
Bronxville’s Mason Warble was named to the All-State Tournament Team and goalie Chase Judkins won the New York State Spirit Award.
Playing this far into June was uncharted territory for the Broncos, who captured their first section title in the program’s seven-year history back in May. Coming into the season, Robinson said, the Broncos showed promise, but it wasn’t until an 8-7 season finale win over White Plains that the girls–and the community–started to believe the team could compete against the perennial favorites in the area.
“It was that White Plains game back on May 12,” Robinson said. “White Plains had a very good year and we stayed right with them and we were really excited about the way we played.”
That confidence carried over into the Class C playoffs, where the Broncos won each game by five or more goals, eventually unseating Pearl River in the finals with a 16-10 victory.
“We had a string of about six or seven really good, complete games,” Robinson said. “We started to really play well in all areas of the game.”
The Broncos will graduate six players from this year’s squad, including senior captains Gretchen Richter and Madison Campbell. With a strong group of underclassmen leading the way, Robinson is confident the Broncos will be back in contention next season.
“It was the girls’ first time getting to that level, and, honestly, I think we got a little shell-shocked,” Robinson said. “But I strongly believe that a year like this will help us set the bar higher in