BRONXVILLE, N.Y. Brooke Bonfiglio and her Bronxville teammates enjoyed the 2011 varsity field hockey season so much that they are hoping for a repeat. However, with a different conclusion.
Bronxville was on the field early Monday for the first day of field hockey practice. The Broncos are the defending Section 1 Class C champions. Last year was Bronxvilles first sectional title since 2008. Bronxville advanced to the state Final Four, which it also did in 2008.
Winning the section was our goal last year, and going to states was exciting for us, said Bonfiglio, a senior in her third varsity year. It was a great season and we loved it. We plan on working even harder this year, because we know we have the potential to get there.
Winning the state Class C championship is Bronxvilles goal this year, and the Broncos return eight of 11 starters. However, on Monday Bronxville was not thinking that far ahead.
Bonfiglio said the team began arriving at 7 a.m., which led to a rise in the decibel level at the field. The team, believe it or not, looked forward to running.
Everyone was screaming because we were happy to see each other, and when we saw the coaches come out we were screaming for them, Bonfiglio said.
Bronxville, like many of the other elite Section 1 teams, spends the offseason playing winter league and summer league, so the Broncos were prepared for the first day. As a result, Bronxville coach Jacqueline (Deppe) Frawley went right into drills.
The players new to the varsity team showed the veterans that they were ready to go.
They had a lot of energy when we went into scrimmages, Bonfilgio said. A freshman on my team scored a goal. It was nice to see them stand up and take those chances and want to be at the same level with us.
Bonfiglio, a co-captain, is one of a deep, talented returning core. She is joined by classmates and fellow co-captain Hillary Hamann, Elena Licursi, Ally Pass, Bailey Wood and Audrey Lemberger, and junior Gretchen Richter, last years leading scorer.
Bronxville will host Edgemont in its season opener Friday, Sept. 7. The Broncos hope to conclude their season at Cicero-North Syracuse in late November, hopefully with a state championship.
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