CICERO, N.Y. -- When the Bronxville varsity field hockey team met for the first day of practice last August, the Broncos had one goal in mind, win the Section 1 Class C title. The Class C title had eluded the Broncos for three years. Senior captain and goalie Katie Knox was on the last Bronxville team to win the sectional crown and reach the state final four, in 2008. She was hoping to cap her four-year varsity career with another championship.
Not only did Knox and her teammates win the Section 1 Class C title, Bronxville reached the state final four for the first time since 2008. Even though defending state Class C champion Cazenovia (Section 3) defeated Bronxville, 1-0 in a New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class C semifinal, Saturday, at Cicero-North Syracuse High School, the Broncos walked off the field proud.
This season has been more than anything I could have asked for in my senior year, said Knox, who played an outstanding game. To come this far, I am very proud of our team.
Cazenovia ended Bronxvilles season sooner than the Broncos wanted as EmmaJean Spear scored on a penalty corner with 3:43 remaining in the game. Overall, I thought we played one of our best games and our defense played amazingly, Knox said. It was a battle. They scored on a corner, it happens. Unfortunately, it happened so late in the game.
Bronxville registered six penalty corners, to Cazenovias eight, and was awarded a penalty stroke in the first half. However, Cazenovia goalie Lauren Devine made the save on the stroke.
It was a season that Knox and her teammates will always remember. The Broncos went 16-3-1 and proved to themselves what they were capable of. The running joke on our team during preseason was that we were going to make states, Knox said. We were a little superstitious, thats why we joked about it and we didnt want to jinx ourselves.
When Bronxville began sectional play, the Broncos raised their level of play and won their three games in dominant style, outscoring their opponents, 17-1. After we won sectionals, we realized we can do anything we want to do because we really wanted it, Knox said.
Knox, who is planning on playing in college, knows that Bronxville will return next year, just as strong, based on the underclassmen group, led by Brooke Bonfiglio, Elena Licursi, Ally Pass, Bailey Wood, Gretchen Richter and Hillary Hamann, all starters. In fact, Knox plans on being at the state final four for her teammates next year.
This is not going to be a one and done year for us, said Knox, with a smile. I will make it if I have to come home from across the country.
Bronxville coach Jackie Frawley praised her team for their accomplishments this season. From the start, the girls reached every goal we asked for them and more, said Frawley, who received a huge hug from her mom, John Jay-East Fishkill coach, Barbara Deppe. I told the girls on the field, after the game, that I was happy because I have never been part of a team that bonded and was so close. This was the best team I have ever had the pleasure to be with.
Bonfiglio was selected to the all-tournament team and senior captain Megan OToole was given the sportsmanship award.
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