Sectional play got underway Friday in class B. Below are game recaps and my story about Pearl River’s win over Sleepy Hollow.
Two games are scheduled for Saturday, both in class C. At 1 p.m., No. 8 Valhalla hosts No. 9 Hastings.
I will be at Carrie E. Tompkins Elementary School in Croton, where the No. 7 Croton Tigers will host No. 10 Briarcliff.
Class A play begins Monday.
October 25 games
Brewster 3, Harrison 0
Ava Faitakes was flawless in net and Ally Ferraro scored twice and Payton Montague once as the No. 9 Bears blanked the No. 8 Huskies.
Nicole Palumbo had two assists.
The Bears will now face the number one seed, defending state champion Lakeland, Tuesday at Lakeland in the second round of class B playoff action.
John Jay 2, Putnam Valley 0
Mary McAvey and Hannah O’Reilly netted second-half goals as the No. 5 Indians topped No. 12 Putnam Valley
Hannah Seidlitz had an assist for John Jay, which will visit No. 4 Pearl River Tuesday.
Nyack 2, Somers 0
Alanna Falcicchio and Andie O’Sullivan scored for the No. 6 Indians.
O’Sullivan and Nicolette Paletta recorded assists.
Claire Johnson, who has been strong in net all year for the No. 11 Tuskers, stopped 14 shots.
Somers didn’t put any shots on Nyack netminder Alexis Kydon.
Nyack will play at No. 3 Byram Hills Tuesday.
Pelham 4, Nanuet 1
No. 4 Pelham advanced to the next round of sectional play behind goals from Julia Kavanagh, Courtney Ryan, Gabi Egger and Caitriona Carey.
Kavanagh and Ryan also had two assists.
Two of Pelham’s goals were off corners.
Pelham keeper Mary Kilfeather had two saves.
Keira Young ruined Kilfeather’s shutout attempt, scoring on a breakaway with little more than a minute to play.
Pelham will play at No. 2 Rye Saturday.
Pearl River 8, Sleepy Hollow 0
PEARL RIVER – What a difference a year can make.
Last year, the Pearl River field hockey team won just five games and exited sectionals in the first round.
Friday, the league-champion Pirates, seeded fourth among class B teams, won their 11th game, routing 13th-seed Sleepy Hollow 8-0.
In a sense, the game wasn’t that close as, leading 7-0 at the half, coach Shane Carlacci emptied her bench.
Pre-game, Sleepy Hollow coach Alex Griffin, whose squad finishes 4-11-1, spoke about the need to convert all shots and not give the Pirates any shooting room.
But the Headless Horseman couldn’t get a shot on net in the first half and couldn’t stay with the quicker Pirates in the defensive end.
“The other team? Stick skills, speed and they hit the ball really hard,” Griffin later assessed.
No one hit it harder than Pearl River’s leading scorer, Courtney Ocasal.
Ocasal, one of 13 juniors on the team, scored four times before sitting the second half.
Her first goal came after Maggie Davin had already staked the Pirates to a 2-0 lead.
Davin’s second goal came less than half a minute after Sleepy Hollow netminder Marissa Fortugno made a great save (one of her eight stops) on Ocasal while screened.
But two minutes later, Ocasal dodged defenders to isolate herself with Fortugno before beating her high with 17:03 still left in the first half.
Then, shortly after being nailed by a Pearl River drive, she again went high to score.
But Pearl River’s prettiest play came on an Ocasal assist.
With 4:04 left in the half, Ocasal blasted another shot high, which Ana Maria Ferrara tipped past Fortugna.
Ocasal then scored twice more before the half and her day ended.
“Our team has bonded. It really has helped us get better,” said Ocasal, who noted her squad won Rockland’s 2013 summer league.
With multiple Pirate starters sitting in the second half, goalie Annie McBride was tested but stopped all eight shots she faced.
Erin Dolphin, who had two assists, finished the Pirates’ scoring with a goal with 1:30 left.
Carlacci said she’d look for the same effort Tuesday when her team hosts No. 5 John Jay-Cross River, which topped No. 12 Putnam Valley 2-0.
“They all came out strong, fast and made it happen,” she said of her players.