The Class C final, which will take place Thursday at Mamaroneck high school at 3 p.m., is between No. 1 Bronxville and No. 2 Pawling.
Bronxville: After a loss in last year’s NYS Class C semifinals, the Broncos have continued to roll this year. The team cut it’s teeth against sterling competition in Mamaroneck, Scarsdale (both Conf. 2, League A members) and John Jay -EF during the regular season. The Broncos also played Class B power Rye to a draw. Considering that, it’s not a surprise that the team has strolled through the first two rounds of Class C postseason play (ex: outscoring opponents 14-1 in those games). In a nutshell, the Broncos are a team with an extremely high pedigree and it’s unlikely that their journey will come to an end at the hands of another Section 1 team.
Pawling: This team has certainly been an unknown to most observers this season, much of that probably is due to its far proximity from the other Section 1 teams . The squad captured an impressive 14 regular season wins and had a solid showing earlier this year in a 1-0 loss to Class A’s Arlington. However, it took two overtimes and a stroke off for Pawling to beat No. 6 North Salem (the two teams also tied earlier in the season). In comparison, Bronxville defeated several common opponents with North Salem by comfortable margins.
Players to watch: For Bronxville: It all starts in the midfield. Brown University-bound Brooke Bonfiglio has been the catalyst for a strong offense that has gotten constant contributions from Ally Pass, Gretchen Richter and Bailey Wood. For Pawling: Caroline Lyons notched the game winning stroke against North Salem, so I anticipate her confidence to be high. Catie Dickinson has also been consistent in goal.
Prediction: Bronxville 4, Pawling 0
Next step: The winner will take on Section 9’s Pine Plains Saturday at noon at Lakeland.