Section 1 has upheld Valhalla’s protest of its 3-2 field hockey loss at Ossining on Saturday, determining the winning goal was scored when Ossining had an extra player on the field.
Although Ossining coach Kathy Lees suggested possibly ending the game in a tie, the ruling by the section’s Protest Committee on Monday provides for a replay from the time the infraction occurred. Valhalla coach Jenna Wenk said she thought the closing minutes would be replayed. Since it won the protest, the decision rests with Valhalla.
A replay could prove interesting, considering Saturday’s game was marred by physical and verbal confrontations among the players.
“It seemed on the field they just wanted to fight,” Wenk said of the Ossining players. Wenk added that Ossining players cursed at and shoved her players, with one throwing a ball overhand at the head of one of the Vikings.
Two players from each team were on the sidelines, serving 10-minute misconduct penalties, when Sade Tukuru scored the now-overturned, go-ahead goal for the Pride with 3:51 left.
The penalties meant each team should have had nine players on the field, including the goalies. But Wenk said she and Valhalla supporters noticed right after the goal that Ossining had 10.
Wenk immediately lodged a protest.
While Lees said both referees said they counted the correct number of players, Wenk — who once played for Ossining and had Lees as her junior-varsity coach — noted that officials forced two more Ossining players to sit for the remainder of the game due to the error.
Noting the extra player appeared after Lees had called a timeout with 4:20 left, Wenk questioned whether the error was innocent or whether Lees had “maliciously” inserted an extra player.
Lees, who noted there was “lots of confusion,” said she’d take responsibility for the error despite the fact referees are responsible for counting the players.
But Wenk seemed as concerned about player conduct as the goal.
“It surprises me that she allows her girls to conduct themselves that way,” she said of Lees.
She said that after a ball hit a Valhalla player’s face, an Ossining player uttered an expletive as she told the Valhalla player to “quit being a … crybaby.”
The coaches differed on the ball-throwing incident.
Lees said a “tossed” ball hit Emmalee Quijada. Wenk said Samantha Tighe “chucked” it.
Wenk also said Quijada was penalized for “exchanging words” with Tighe. Lees said the two pushed each other.
A couple of minutes later, Valhalla’s Jennifer Pezzolanti and Ossining’s Cyan Scarduzio got 10-minute penalties for pushing.
“I don’t condone pushing and shoving,” Lees said. Adding that the game became “very heated,” she indicated she believed blame lay with both squads.
Monday might have been a weather washout but the sun is shining today for an extended slate of games as listed below.
Clarkstown North at Pearl River, 4 p.m.
Nanuet at North Rockland, 4 p.m.
Ossining at Briarcliff, 4 p.m.
Bronxville at Ursuline, 4:15 p.m.
Edgemont at Sleepy Hollow, 4:15 p.m.
Hastings at White Plains, 4:15 p.m.
Hendrick Hudson at Croton-Harmon, 4:15 p.m.
Mamaroneck at Irvington, 4:15 p.m.
North Salem at Horace Greeley, 4:30 p.m.
Scarsdale at Pelham, 4:30 p.m.
Nyack at Clarkstown South, 6 p.m.
John Jay-East Fishkill at Mahopac, 6:30 p.m.