Bronxville repeats in Class C
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WHITE, PLAINS, N.Y. – Bronxville’s Brewster Warble couldn’t repeat what exactly was said in the locker room during halftime with the Broncos clinging to a two-goal lead in the Section 1 Class C championship game on Wednesday.
But whatever was said, it definitely got Bronxville pumped up.
Top-seeded Bronxville went on a 7-0 run to begin the second half and cruised to a 12-6 win over No. 11 Hendrick Hudson to claim its second straight Section 1 Class C title at White Plains High.
“At halftime our assistant coach gave us this great pump up speech that got us really fired up,” said Warble, who had three goals and one assist. “And seniors like Andrew Walsh, who is so passionate about the game and doesn’t want this season to end, gave us some great motivation. This means everything to us. Winning the section is our goal every single year. From day one it’s all about winning the section and everything else from there is just a bonus.”
Even after graduating two All-Americans in Charlie McCormick and Jack Near, the Broncos (19-1) were still confident that they could repeat this season.
“People who didn’t really know our personnel were very questionable (of what we could do),” junior Jack Grass said. “But I knew that we weren’t going to have a problem this year.”
Eight-grader Reilly Walsh started the second-half scoring spree just a few minutes into the second half. Freshman attackman Henry Grass, who led the Broncos with three goals and four assists, made it 7-3 with 3:29 left in the third.
“We switched some match-ups around on defense and were a little more patient on offense,” Bronxville coach Tim Horgan said of the key to the second-half run. “We kind of fell asleep a little bit in the second quarter and Hen Hud played well. The tide turned a little bit and momentum was on their side. But between faceoffs, our defense playing well, clearing the ball and a couple man-up goals, it all worked out.”
Sophomore Will Duncan netted what may have been the biggest goal of the game with 1.7 seconds left in the third quarter on a feed from junior Brewster Warble. The goal gave the Broncos a five-goal cushion heading into the fourth.
“We seem to do well with 10 seconds left on the board,” Horgan said. “We seem to have one of those every other game. That was big. As a coach you hate giving up a goal in the last minute, let alone the last 10 seconds.”
Warble started the fourth with another goal. Henry Grass then found his brother Jack Grass. Matt Behrens scored on a feed from Henry Grass and Jack Grass capped off the Broncos’ run with 5:44 to play to make it 12-3.
“Last game against Byram we got off to a really slow second quarter,” said Jack Grass, who had two goals and an assist. “We didn’t want to duplicate that. Coach told us that we’ve got to put these kids away. We just came out and we really took it to them.”
Hen Hud’s Kevin McDermott scored three consecutive goals in the final 3:54. He sparked the Sailors with four goals.
Bronxville’s defense was superb in the second half. The Broncos held the Sailors scoreless over a stretch of 25:22 from late in the second quarter to late in the fourth. Junior goalie Eric Pass made eight saves.
“We really started to click in the second half,” Warble said. “Our goalie Eric came up big on a few plays and young kids like Charlie Tarry stepped up and played great.”
Bronxville started the game by scoring its first three goals over a 45 second span in the first quarter. Warble got things going with 5:02 left in the first. Henry Grass made it 2-0 on an assist from Jack Grass. Henry Grass fed Walsh and the Broncos were up 3-0 before the Sailors knew what hit them. Warble made it 4-0 with 1:41 left in the first.
Hen Hud (10-10) came to life in the second quarter and scored three consecutive goals. Sean Tandy started things off and Jake Koch followed him. McDermott’s goal cut it to 4-3, but Henry Grass answered to give the Broncos a 5-3 halftime edge.
“We came out with high intensity and were really excited,” Jack Grass said of Bronxville’s strong start. “After we got that head start we kind of let go. We need to make sure not to do that again.”
Bronxville senior Andrew Walsh was critical on faceoffs and won 11 of 22 against Hopkins-bound junior Matt Ledwin, who is regarded as one of the best at the dot in Section 1.
“If they win 75 or 80 percent of those faceoffs then it’s a different game,” Horgan said. “He did a great job battling with Ledwin all day today. I can’t say enough about him.”
“Andrew is just great and has been consistent every single game,” Warble said. “He has something like an 80 percent faceoff win percentage. He’s one of the best faceoffs guys I’ve ever seen.”
Elliot Astor was superb in net for the Sailors, stopping 19 shots.
Next up for Bronxville is the Class C regional final where they will face Section 2’s Glens Falls on Saturday at Clarkstown South High School at 1 p.m.
“We just want to keep this going,” Jack Grass said. “We’re not done.”
Hud Hud 0 3 0 3 6
Bronxville 4 1 3 4 12
BV (5:02) Brewster Warble unassisted | 1-0 BV
BV (4:42) Henry Grass from Jack Grass | 2-0 BV
BV (4:17) Reilly Walsh from Henry Grass | 3-0 BV
BV (1:41) Warble unassisted | 4-0 BV
HH (10:39) Sean Tandy unassisted | 4-1 BV
HH (8:04) Jake Koch unassisted | 4-2 BV
HH (6:44) Kevin McDermott unassisted | 4-3 BV
BV (1:34) Henry Grass unassisted | 5-3 BV
BV (9:31) Reilly Walsh unassisted | 6-3 BV
BV (3:29) Henry Grass unassisted | 7-3 BV
BV (0:01) Will Duncan from Warble | 8-3 BV
BV (11:01) Warble unassisted | 9-3 BV
BV (10:04) Jack Grass from Henry Grass | 10-3 BV
BV (6:31) Matt Behrens from Henry Grass | 11-3 BV
BV (5:44) Jack Grass from Henry Grass | 12-3 BV
HH (3:54) McDermott unassisted | 12-4 BV
HH (3:25) McDermott from Phil Siegel | 12-5 BV
HH (0:39) McDermott unassisted | 12-6 BV
Hen Hud: Elliot Astor (19)
Bronxville: Eric Pass (8)
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