Welcome to the club, Charlotte Reynolds.
A first-year varsity player and sophomore, Reynolds tallied a goal and an assist as No. 1 Bronxville topped No. 2 Pawling 2-0 in the Class C field hockey final Thursday at Mamaroneck High School.
“We fight because we realize this could be our last game,” Reynolds said. “We know that from now on, we have to play our hardest.”
Bronxville, who captured last year’s Class C crown and advanced to the state semifinals, will face Section 9’s Pine Plains in a state regional semifinal at Lakeland Saturday at noon.
Reynolds fielded a Brooke Bonfiglio pass at midfield and guided the ball to Gretchen Richter who hit a dribbler past Pawling keeper Catie Dickinson to give Bronxville the lead with eight minutes remaining in the first half.
“When I went over to the sideline to take the ball from there, you can see the field better than you can in the middle,” the Brown University-bound Bonfiglio said.
With 40 seconds left in the first period, a Richter centering pass deep in the circle found Reynolds, who buried the one-timer.
Pawling’s offense used long passes to dump the ball into Broncos territory and tried to create pressure by forcing Bronxville to handle the ball deep in its zone.
“They were using these big shots, and they had amazing shots with distance,” Bronxville senior defender Elena Licursi said. “It was an advantage to us because we didn’t let that pressure stop us.”
Pawling’s season ends after capturing 16 victories.
“We are so lucky to be here with each other,” Pawling senior Caroline Lyons said. “Last year we had a tough time bonding and this year we were like one big family.”