From a shootout to a couple of blowouts to one game that fell in between, Tuesday’s class B quarterfinal playoffs didn’t lack action.
Below find my story on Nyack’s win over Byram Hills, as well as recaps of Pearl River’s shootout win over John Jay-Cross River (in which Pirates’ goalie Annie McBride played the “game of her life,” according to her coach), Lakeland’s shutout of Brewster and Rye’s shutout of Pelham.
Finally, there is today’s class C slate.
I will be at North Salem, where the No. 2 Tigers host Briarcliff. My colleague, Brian Heyman, will be at Rye Neck, where the No. 3 Panthers host No. 6 Pleasantville.
Nyack 3, Byram Hills 0
ARMONK –The beginning of this season, Andie O’Sullivan was the last place she wanted to be – on the sidelines, recovering from ACL surgery.
Tuesday, she was the feel-good story at the center of things as her sixth-ranked Nyack field hockey team upended No. 3 Byram Hills 3-0 at Byram Hills in the quarterfinals of Section 1’s class B playoffs.
O’Sullivan, a Naval Academy-bound senior, scored Nyack’s first goal and was a wall defensively for the Indians.
The win sets up a semifinal rematch between Nyack and second-seed Rye.
Nyack missed multiple scoring chances last year in its 2-0 loss to Rye.
That wasn’t a huge problem Tuesday, despite a solid, six-save effort from Byram Hills goalie Kelcey Kelly.
Byram Hills had the game’s first shot on net. But, despite numerous runs into Nyack’s defensive end, that was its only shot.
A fast-paced game started to turn in Nyack’s favor after O’Sullivan scored off a penalty corner with 17:42 left in the first half. The corner followed an O’Sullivan steal.
Byram Hills’ chances came mostly early. A steal by senior Katherine Cox led to a three-on-one break but the Bobcats missed tying the game when a backdoor pass just missed.
Nyack, behind the play of scampering freshman Ari Rodriguez and the defense of senior Alanna Falcicchio, largely shut the Bobcats down in the second half.
Following a corner, Nicolette Paletta buried Adriana Scala’s pinpoint, backdoor pass with 17:06 left, despite Kelly’s impressive split-save attempt.
Nyack made it an insurmountable 3-0 when Taylor O’Sullivan, moving left to right, deked a defenseman and lured Kelly into diving out, leaving the net wide open.
“I think the first and second goals were the result of good passing. The third was kind of iffy,” Kelly said.
Andie O’Sullivan’s goal was her second of the year. She continued playing after falling hard in the first half.
Is she 100 percent? Well, with so much at stake, she’ll say yes.
“I’m not giving up on anything. I’m going to work hard,” O’Sullivan said. “Whether it’s a good knee or bad, it’s going to be a good knee.”
Notes: Nyack coach Cheryl Baker adjusted her lineup, moving three players to different positions with senior defenseman Moira Ungerleider sitting out with an eye injury that resulted from a car accident. Ungerleider, who received stitches around her eye, said she’d be back for the semis vs. Rye. Baker credited Nyack’s increasing dominance as the game wore on to the recast players adjusting to their new positions. … Baker expects a far greater challenge from Rye, saying her team will need to step up its level of play and won’t be able tot get away with passing that are less than exact. The big thing, though, she said, is for her players to find the net when they get the chance. “When you have an opportunity against Rye you’ve got to cash in,” she said. … Andie’s O’Sullivan’s first goal of the year came in Nyack’s playoff win over Somers. … Paletta said of the win, “It’s crazy. I’m so happy.” But then she immediately focused on Rye, saying, We have to play with heart the entire game. If everyone plays with hearrt, I know we can do it.”… Byram Hills finishes the year with a not-too-shabby record of 13-2-2.
Pearl River 0, John Jay-CR 0 (Pearl wins with two shootout goals)
Call it a year of firsts for Pearl River.
First, the Pirates won their first-ever league field hockey league championship.
Then they were seeded fourth (their highest seed ever) in the Section 1 Class B playoffs.
Tuesday, Hosting No. 5 John Jay-Cross River on Tuesday, Pearl River competed in its first shootout under the new playoff rules after being tied 0-0 through regulation and two seven-on-seven, 10-minute overtime periods.
Then came their biggest first.
Scoring twice while their goalie, Annie McBride continued her flawless play, the Pirates won, advancing to the Class B semifinals for the first time in school history.
A good game could have been expected, given the teams’ close rankings.
But, Instead, it was, as Pearl River coach Shane Carlacci said, a “really amazing game.”
No ball found the net before Courtney Ocasal and Jackie Dowling finally beat Indians netminder Hayley Martinsen (seven saves) in the shootout.
The new shootout format allowed five alternating shooters from each team to move anywhere from 25 yards in to shoot as many times as possible within 10 seconds.
“Annie came up huge for us,” Carlucci said of McBride, whose 20-plus saves included a second-half stop on a penalty stroke.
“Heartbreaking” is how John Jay coach Heather Ausiello described the loss.
“Traveling an hour and playing on grass (her school has artificial turf), they definitely stepped up,” she said. “They left it all out on the field.”
John Jay finished 10-6-2.
Pearl River will visit top seed and defending state champion Lakeland Friday.
Lakeland 6, Brewster 0
Defending section and state champion Lakeland upped its season mark to 17-0 by whitewashing the Bears.
Brewster goalie Ava Faitakes was nothing but busy. Her squad managed just one shot with Hornets’ netminder Amanda Santos making that save. Faitakes, meanwhile, faced 24, stopping 18.
Molly Fitzpatrick scored three goals, Dana Bozek had two goals and two assists and Steph Scala also scored.
Gab Celentano and Valerie Perkins each had an assist.
Rye 7, Pelham 0
Freshman Fusine Govaert has contributed from day one this year for the Garnets and yesterday was no exception.
Govaert had two goals and an assist and junior Emily Antinozzi also had two goals as the No. 2 Garnets shut out No. 7 Pelham.
Abby Abate, Alex Bennett and Ellie Callaghan also scored. Abate, Bennett, Mallory Lynch and Meredith Tibbals each had an assist.
No. 8 Valhalla at No. 1 Bronxville, 1 p.m.
No. 6 Pleasantville at No. 3 Rye Neck, 2:30 p.m.
No. 10 Briarcliff at No. 2 North Salem, 3 p.m.
No. 5 Irvington at No. 4 Pawling, 3 p.m.
Also, Holy Child visits Hackley at 2:30 p.m. in the independent schools quarterfinals.