Tigers stay perfect

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Heather Gardiner battles with a Bronxville player on Sept. 26. The Tigers beat the Broncos 2-0.

By MIKE SMITH
The Mamaroneck field hockey team continued its torrid pace on Sept. 26, topping a solid team from Bronxville 2-0 when it traveled to take on the Broncos. With an undefeated record and some wins over tough teams like the Broncos, the Tigers are rolling as the postseason looms later this month.

Amanda Ferente found the net for the first time just five minutes into the game on Thursday, staking the Tigers to a 1-0 lead that 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.

MAMKFH3Squaring 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.

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

Despite the win, Savage felt his team didn’t play its best game to date. The Tigers have run roughshod over the competition, outscoring opponents 46-1 in seven games, but had a hard time converting on penalty corners against Bronxville, scoring just once in 19 chances.

“We were getting quality looks at the goal, but it seemed like the team was a little bit off that day,” Savage said. “I think the score made it seem closer than it was.”MAMKFH2

Throughout the first seven games of the season, the Tigers’ penalty corners have been solid, but slightly uneven, as evidenced by last Thursday’s 1-for-19 performance.

“It’s funny, we’ve been getting a lot of goals off regular play and you think you would have a better chance on a penalty corner,” Savage said. “But some days, we go out there and score on two of six chances, which is the ratio you want to have.”

Savage said some of his starters were battling illness against the Broncos, but with six days off before their Oct. 2 showdown with Hastings, he was able to give them some much-needed rest.

“Usually, we’re best when we’re playing every other day,” the head coach said. “But I gave the girls off Saturday, they were off Sunday, so they had some time to relax and recuperate and, hopefully, we come back healthy and hungry.”MamkFH4

The Tigers will be back home on Oct. 4, when they host White Plains at 5 p.m. at Mamaroneck High School. The game will be Mamaroneck’s annual “Pink Game,” which will see the squad don pink ribbons and set up t-shirt stands to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer.
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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.