Winners included Rye Neck, North Salem, Bronxville and Pawling.
In independent school action, Hackley also advanced.
I will be at the Greeley vs. Mahopac game today and my colleague, Sharieka Breeden, will be at Suffern vs. Scarsdale.
Below are Brian Heyman’s story about Rye Neck’s win over Pleasantville, my story about North Salem’s win over Briarcliff and yesterday’s other recaps.
Rye Neck 2, Pleasantville 0
MAMARONECK – The Rye Neck players and coaches huddled in front of the bench, their Class C quarterfinal about to begin, and they ended with a chant: “1-2-3, believe!” And they had reason to believe, being a good field hockey team with two wins already over Pleasantville.
But now here was regulation winding down, Panthers vs. Panthers, and Rye Neck was clinging to a one-goal edge, the only goal of the game to that point, even though it owned a large lead in scoring chances. Finally, freshman forward Claire Julian beat Alex Ciarcia from in front with 1:43 on the clock, and Rye Neck could let go with a mass exhale.
This group of third-seeded Panthers was moving on after a 2-0 win over No. 6 Pleasantville on Wednesday, advancing to the semis Friday at No. 2 North Salem.
“Today, I have to say, wasn’t our best game,” Rye Neck coach Beth Gulotta said. “I have full confidence in my girls that if we play how I know we can, and we play as a team, that we’re going to do very well in the tournament. That’s our goal. Win it all. Absolutely.”
Rye Neck, now 10-6-1, had a 17-6 edge in penalty corners and a 20-8 edge in shots. Ciarcia made 10 saves, eight in the first half.
“We all have to get our sticks down more often and we’ll definitely finish more,” junior center-midfielder Nicole Miller said. “We’ll work on that during practice. It’ll be really key. Sticks down — goals.”
Miller scored the first goal, letting go with a blast from just inside the top of the circle that deflected in off Ciarcia with just 4:04 gone.
Julian took out the late insurance policy off a centering feed from Briana Cefaloni.
“I was just so happy and relieved,” Julian said. “It got all panicked at the end.”
Julia Gutterman only had to make two saves. So Pleasantville finished at 5-10-2.
“We had a great bunch of girls,” Pleasantville coach Kristen Coffey said. “We had our ups and our downs, but what team doesn’t? We put it all together toward the end of the year. I think today … we gave it our all and that’s all that really matters.”
North Salem 2, Briarcliff 0
NORTH SALEM – For prettiest field hockey goal of the year, the nominees are…
Well, if such a competition were held, there might be several nominees. But Raquel Coppola’s deflection off a 35-40-yard drive by Olivia Hale Wednesday would no doubt be a front-runner.
That goal, which rocketed over netminder Michelle Rotondo, helped lift No.2 North Salem to a 2-0 win over No. 10 Briarcliff in the Section 1 class C quarterfinals.
Friday, North Salem will play in the semifinals, hosting No. 3 Rye Neck.
As has happened multiple times in this year’s playoffs, the underdog played better than its seeding.
The loss dropped the Bears to 4-12-2, while North Salem jumped to 12-4-1.
But early in Wednesday’s game, Briarcliff dominated for several minutes, coming away with five penalty corners.
But North Salem goalie Cecilia Deihl, who combined on the shutout with Anastasia Pennacchio, stopped the two shots Briarcliff put on net. In fact, those were the only shots the Bears got through North Salem’s defense all game.
Tigers’ senior Olivia Barnard, who coach Jennifer Frohman characterized as her team’s leader and who was both an offensive catalyst and defensive wall, put North Salem on the board with 21:04 left in the first half when her hard, long shot off a corner deflected in off a Briarcliff defender’s stick.
“I wanted to make sure the ball was inside the circle and that I slammed it as hard as I could,” Barnard said.
Coppola’s goal at 13:44 drew a measure of appreciation from Rotondo.
“She was at the right place, at the right time. It was a good goal. I’ll admit it,” she said.
Rotondo, who was credited with eight saves, made two of them soon after the Coppola score, stopping Ola Stefankowski after a Barnard steal, then Barnard in close.
She later came up big again, stopping a huge Caitlin Robson drive through a partial screen.
North Salem coach Jen Frohman praised Briarcliff’s play, as well as her own team’s.
Noting, save for a scrimmage, her team hadn’t played in a week-and-a-half, she said, “I’m proud my players played 100 percent the whole time. That’s what we’re looking for.”
Notes: Frohman differentiated class C from the other classes, noting that its small numbers mean teams play squads from different classes all season. The lack of head-to-head games means seedings are a bit iffy. In fact, she suggested, teams 1-10 are pretty closely matched. … Rotondo will be one of seven juniors back next year for the Bears. Of yesterday’s game, she said, “We really, really watned this. we all tried so hard.” But, while Briarcliff will lose 10 seniors to graduation, Rotondo is already looking forward to next year. “I’m excited. I’m always excited,” she said. … Briarcliff coach Danielle Fiore also appears encouraged about next year, saying, “I’ve got players.” Fiore also liked her team’s play vs. North Salem. “I liked how we kept the game fast-paced,” she said. She noted that her squad abandoned long passes that North Salem was routinely picking off in favor of playing “small ball,” with short, back-and-forth passes. This led to multiple small Tiger infraction (obstruction, two players on the ball, ball hitting foot, etc.) and more Briarcliff time with the ball. .. Fiore also went where few coaches do, praising the officiating. “They called everything. That helps the game out,” she said. … Frohman termed Coppola’s deflection “gorgeous.” While indicating there was luck involved — perfect pass/perfect tip — she noted her squad has been working on deflections. “There’s nothing you could do,” she said of the chance Rotondo could have stopped it. … Both Frohman and assist Tigers coach Leslie Aiken are big fans of Barnard and laugh about her high level of competitiveness. Of Barnard’s talent, Aiken said, “It’s all natural and incredible.” … North Salem is trying to get past the semifinal hump. Two years ago, it lost to Rye Neck in the semis. Last year, it upset Rye Neck in the quarters but lost a heartbreaker to Pawling in post-overtime, sudden strokes. Barnard has no intention of exiting before the finals again. “We’ve worked too hard,” she said, adding, “It’s my senior year, so I’m trying to carry my team.”… Friday’s game against Rye Neck is tentatively slated for 3 p.m. at North Salem.
Other October 30 games
Bronxville 3, Valhalla 0
Gretchen Richeter scored two goals and Briana Alberghine had one as the top-seeded Broncos shut out No. 8 No. 8 Valhalla.
Caroline DePaul had an assist for Bronxville, which will host No. 4 Pawling in Friday’s semifinals.
Pawling 2, Irvington 0
Ashley Cody and Morgan Kelly scored in the second half off assists from each other as the fourth-seeded Tigers advanced.
Catie Dickinson had three saves for Pawling, now 9-6-1, and Andie Regan had five saves for No. 5 Irvington,which finishes the year 6-9-2.
In a Section 1 Class C quarterfinal at Pawling, Andie Regan had five saves for the No. 5 Bulldogs, who finished at 6-9-2.
Hackley 2, Holy Child 0
In a New York State Association of Independent Schools quarterfinal at Hackley, Caroline Chmiel had a goal and an assist and Gianna D’Alessio also scored as the No. 3 Hornets beat the No. 6 Gryphons.
Katie O’Donnell had six saves for Holy Child and Aley Longo had four saves for the Hornets, who will play the winner of the No. 2 Fieldston-vs.-No. 7 Brearley game Friday in the semifinals.
No. 1 Rye Country Day has a bye until the finals, which will be played at noon Sunday at Manhattanville College.
Clarkstown South at Mamaroneck, 3 p.m.
Suffern at Scarsdale, 3 p.m.
Horace Greeley at Mahopac, 4 p.m.
Ursuline at Arlington, 4 p.m.