Bronxville holds off Hackley, Sammy Mueller in 15-11 win

Bronxville holds off Hackley, Sammy Mueller in 15-11 win

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Bronxville holds off Hackley, Sammy Mueller in 15-11 win

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Bronxville's Allie Berkery controls the ball while being defended by Hackley's Ellie Arnold during a varsity girls lacrosse game at Bronxville High School April 20, 2016. Bronxville defeated Hackley 15-11.

Bronxville’s Allie Berkery controls the ball while being defended by Hackley’s Ellie Arnold during a varsity girls lacrosse game at Bronxville High School April 20, 2016. Bronxville defeated Hackley 15-11.

Bronxville's Taylor Sears is pressured by Hackley's Alex Meyer and Maddie White during a varsity girls lacrosse game at Bronxville High School April 20, 2016. Bronxville defeated Hackley 15-11.

Bronxville’s Taylor Sears is pressured by Hackley’s Alex Meyer and Maddie White during a varsity girls lacrosse game at Bronxville High School April 20, 2016. Bronxville defeated Hackley 15-11.

Bronxville's Olivia Jensen controls the ball during a varsity girls lacrosse game against Hackley at Bronxville High School April 20, 2016. Bronxville defeated Hackley 15-11.

Bronxville’s Olivia Jensen controls the ball during a varsity girls lacrosse game against Hackley at Bronxville High School April 20, 2016. Bronxville defeated Hackley 15-11.

Bronxville's Olivia Jensen controls the ball during a varsity girls lacrosse game against Hackley at Bronxville High School April 20, 2016. Bronxville defeated Hackley 15-11.

Bronxville’s Olivia Jensen controls the ball during a varsity girls lacrosse game against Hackley at Bronxville High School April 20, 2016. Bronxville defeated Hackley 15-11.

BRONXVILLE – Heading into a non-league matchup against Ivy Prep League power Hackley on Wednesday, Bronxville’s game plan was simple: Stop Sammy Mueller, Hackley’s star player.

The Broncos’ defense had mixed success in that department, but their balanced offense, something that has become a trademark of the program the past couple years, shined through in a 15-11 win.

Seven different players scored for Bronxville.

“This year, anyone can take it to goal, anyone is capable of going one-on-one, and that’s one of our strengths,” Bronxville junior midfielder Beth Finley said. “The difference between this year and last year, we’re all really strong at going to goal. We can count on anyone to take it.”

Bronxville, a team that returned most of its core from last year’s squad that made it to the state semifinals, has gotten a big boost from the addition of junior attack Olivia Jensen, a transfer from Mamaroneck.

Against Hackley, the Cornell commit had two goals and two assists, along with eight draw controls.

“We love OJ, she’s great on the draw,” Finley said. “We did lose two seniors on attack, so she definitely filled one of those spots and it was great just to come in. She’s fit great in our offense.”

Jensen, who had 40 goals and 20 assists in 17 games last season, has given the Broncos’ deep offense yet another option in what is as well-balanced an attack as any in Section 1.

“She fits in with the team, everyone gets along really well,” Bronxville head coach Sharon Robinson said. “We’re really balanced on attack; she’s just one part of it but she’s a really important part.”

While Hackley suffered its first loss of the season, the game could be seen as a good way to prep for Monday’s game against Rye Country Day.

The teams last met in last season’s NYSAIS final, which Rye Country Day won 12-9.

“We love playing outside of our league; win or lose, it’s a great opportunity to play a team that’s one of the best in Section 1,” Mueller said. “They really move the ball fast, faster than anyone we’ve seen all year.”

Bronxville, which improved to 6-1, will see its schedule ramp up in difficulty. Over the next month, the Broncos will play Rye, Yorktown, Scarsdale and Somers, all of whom are ranked in the latest Journal News/lohud.com’s Top 10 Power Rankings.

“This is a big win for us, that was a very good team, they played a very competitive game,” Robinson said. “We have a very tough schedule, and we’re hoping that helps us when we get to the postseason.”

Player of the game: Sammy Mueller, Hackley. Despite being guarded tightly all game, the senior midfielder was everywhere for the Hornets, playing a role in all but one of the team’s goals. The Virginia commit finished with seven goals, three assists and also won a game-high nine draw controls.

Turning point: With five minutes left in the first half, Hackley managed to cut Bronxville’s lead to 5-4 on goals from LiliAnna Khosrowshahi and Kat Cucullo that came 19 seconds apart. With 3:24 left, Lucy Hanrahan fed Jensen in front to put Bronxville back up two, and goals from Mason Warble and Hanrahan put Bronxville up 8-4 at the half.

Stat line: For Bronxville, Warble had four goals, Allie Berkery had a hat trick, Hanrahan had two goals and two assists, Lilly Grass had two goals and an assist, Finley and Walsh both had one-goal, one-assist games and Claire Kraemer made nine saves. … For Hackley, Khosrowshahi and Cucullo both scored twice, Alex Meyer had two assists, Catherine Meyer had an assist, and Morgan Connor made nine saves.

Quotable: “We’ve been to the state semis two years in a row and we really just want to keep pushing ourselves and coming out strong every game,” Finley said. “That’s very far in our future, but that’s our goal. We’re taking it game-by-game, we’re trying to get back there again.”

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