Bronxville has already pulled off a pair of upsets that have to help a program attempting to get established among traditional powers. I’m thinking Mahopac and Somers could both confirm the Broncos as valid contenders against Shoreham-Wading River.
A berth in the state championship game would be a huge springboard for a team that has all kinds of talent coming back.
Bronxville was kind of a one-dimensional team when it showed up in the semis a year ago. The Broncos relied on Charlie McCormick and Jack Near to create a scoring chance with their legs. Now the ball moves with confidence and I count no less than four reliable scorers.
“We had seven different goal scorers, so you can’t just hone in on one guy and think you’re going to shut us down because there are more guys out there who can put the ball in the back of the net,” Bronxville coach Tim Horgan said after the win over Glens Falls in the regional finals. “I think our speed between the lines is great, and once we get the ball down on the offensive end, our athleticism can match up with any defense. Once we do score, we get the ball right back, so that’s a huge asset.”
Having somebody like Andrew Walsh at the face off X, gives the Broncos a chance.
I have seen teams possess the ball against Bronxville, so the close defense has to be ready to log some time on the run. And there cannot be any mistakes clearing the ball.
Bronxville (20-1) vs. Shoram-Wading River (16-3)
3:30 p.m. Wednesday at Hofstra University
Playing at the next level: Jack Grass (Bx) Jr. A Hopkins; Brewster Warble (Bx) Jr. Brown; Trevor Brosco (SWR) Sr. MF Notre Dame; Tyler Lutgen (SWR) Sr. G Siena; Chris Mahoney (SWR) Sr. D Ohio State; Tim Rotanz Jr. MF/A Maryland.
Making a connection: Shoreham-Wading River beat Cold Spring Harbor 9-7; Cold Spring Harbor lost to Manhasset 8-5; Manhasset beat John Jay 11-10 in overtime; John Jay beat Mahopac 6-5; Mahopac lost to Bronxville 9-7.
Up next: Homer (18-3) or Pen-Yan (19-2) Saturday at Middletown H.S. at 11 a.m.