Tigers edge Broncos

Olivia Jensen goes up for a draw against Bronxville’s Mason Warble on May 8. Jensen scored two goals in the Tigers’ win.

Olivia Jensen goes up for a draw against Bronxville’s Mason Warble on May 8. Jensen scored two goals in the Tigers’ win.

Brianna Steigerwald’s four-goal day helped push Mamaroneck past Bronxville on May 8, as the Tigers beat the Broncos 12-11 in a thriller at Chambers field.

It was Mamaroneck’s second win over a strong Bronxville team this season, although neither game was decided by more than a goal.

Bronxville’s Mason Warble matched Steigerwald goal for goal, but Mamaroneck was buoyed by a balanced attack as Olivia Jensen, Katherine Grinnell and Julia Simons all scored two goals and that was ultimately the difference-maker in the contest.

Bronxville’s Mason Warble makes a move to the net at Chambers Field. Warble finished with four goals on the afternoon. Photos/Mike Smith

Bronxville’s Mason Warble makes a move to the net at Chambers Field. Warble finished with four goals on the afternoon. Photos/Mike Smith

Having seen the Broncos before—and edging them by an identical 12-11 score—the Tigers came into the matchup with a clear game plan, according to head coach Christina Smith.

“Our strategy was to play our own game,” she said. “Sometimes we adjust based on our opponents, but I felt we just had to go in and play our game against Bronxville.”

The Tigers did their best to beat Bronxville on the draw and played stingy defense to hold the Class C power at bay for the duration of the day.

“We were very aggressive,” Smith said. “And we were dominant on the draw, which helped us.”

The win helped Mamaroneck secure the sixth seed in the Class A playoffs. The Tigers will host Clarkstown South in first-round action on May 14, after press time.

Julia Simons controls the ball at midfield on May 8.

Julia Simons controls the ball at midfield on May 8.

Despite the loss, the Broncos still seem to be in good position heading into the Class C playoffs, which kick-off on May 15.

The Broncos’ record assures them the fourth seed and they will host a tough a tough Westlake team in the first round. Westlake finished with a record of 8-10-1, but has beaten some larger schools this year, including Harrison. If the Broncos can get past the Wildcats, their quarterfinal matchup will be against the winner of the Albertus Magnus versus Blind Brook contest on May 17.

The Class C finals are scheduled for May 22 at Torne Valley.

Sydney Segal and Sophie Despins lock-down Bronxville’s Gretchen Richter on May 8. Mamaroneck edged the Broncos 12-11.

Sydney Segal and Sophie Despins lock-down Bronxville’s Gretchen Richter on May 8. Mamaroneck edged the Broncos 12-11.

-Reporting by Mike Smith

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