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Bronxville Celebrates Winning Section 1 Title

In her freshman year, Megan O’Toole watched a senior-laden Bronxville field hockey team win the Section 1 Class C title and advance to the state final four. O’Toole never forgot the excitement and jubilation the team showed following its sectional-title and regional-final victories. After witnessing it, O’Toole was hoping that she and her fellow classmates would have the opportunity to celebrate a title.

On Sunday, the seniors received their wish as top-seeded Bronxville defeated second-seeded Rye Neck, 5-0 in the Section 1 Class C championship game at Arlington High School. It was Bronxville’s first sectional title since 2008. The Broncos advance to the regional final Saturday at 4 p.m. against Section 9 champion Webutuck. The game will be played at the Milton Sports Dome in Milton. The winner earns a berth in the state final four Nov. 19 and 20 at Cicero-North Syracuse High School.

“It feels amazing and also such a relief knowing that we came here and left everything on the field,” said O’Toole. “Emily (Kimak), Katie (Knox) and I and our teammates, the goal from the beginning was to improve on our record from last year and hopefully win the section.”

When the final whistle blew signifying the game’s conclusion, the celebration began as Bronxville’s reserves rushed the field to join their teammates. Second-year Bronxville coach Jackie (Deppe) Frawley watched her girls enjoy the moment. Frawley won a sectional and state Class A title playing for her mom, Barbara, at John Jay-East Fishkill. She now joins a group of Section 1 coaches who have won as a player and now coach.

“This is very rewarding for the girls because they deserved this from the moment they stepped on the field in preseason,” Frawley said. “They have the heart, energy and determination.”

Frawley added what made this even more special is that she began coaching many of her current players as seventh-graders.

Bronxville needed just two minutes and 18 seconds and one penalty corner to assert itself when Ally Pass pounced on a rebound and scored. Bronxville doubled its lead to 2-0 at 18:39 on another penalty corner. Pass sent the insert pass to Brooke Bonfiglio and she ripped a shot home. Four minutes later, Gretchen Richter made the score 3-0.

“That was the best,” said O’Toole of the first goal. “Earlier this season we were having difficulty capitalizing on corners, but we’ve turned it around the last couple of games.”

Bronxville is now looking forward to its regional game knowing that one more win earns the Broncos a trip to the state final four.

“It’s exciting to know that we want to go as far as we can possibly can,” O’Toole said.

Rye Neck coach Niki Berman came away proud of her team and what it accomplished this season. The Panthers finished 12-3-4 and reached the sectional final for the first time since 1998.

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