So, technically, I didn’t drive all the way up to Port Jervis to check out the Broncos in action. However, I figured it’s only fair that we check up on the team that made it the farthest of all the local squads last season.
-Bronxville is in a completely different situation than it was a year ago when it entered the season having lost eight players to graduation. The Broncos lose only one starter after having reached the Class B regional finals for the third-straight season. With so many starters coming back for 2013, the Broncos are sure to be considered a favorite this season, something they were far from entering 2012.
“I think its a little bit different to know that, in there minds, we should be able to produce a good team,” Bronxville coach Don Cupertino said. “However, our mindset now is not to look forward or ahead of ourselves. We want to make sure that we are ready to play and going through the routines. That we are doing everything we possible can to get ready.”
-The strength of the Broncos will be in the back were two all-state honorees return. Senior co-captain Meredith Donavan will lead the defenders from the middle while junior Charley Warble will hold down the goal. Both were named second-team all state last season. Cupertino called Donovan the backbone of his team’s defense. Warble, who is in her second season on varsity, has made great strides since last season, according to Cupertino.
“Charley has matured the past year immensely,” Cupertino said. “She came in this preseason much stronger. She grew a little bit. She got a little bit more knowledge of the game. She understand the position a lot better. She is certainly going to better than she was last year.”
-Junior forward Lucy Kohloff, junior midfielder Killian Donahue and senior co-captain forward Maddie Campbell are all returners that will play pivotal roles in Bronxville’s attempt at retaining the Class B crown in Section 1.
-As far as “new” faces, Cupertino has been pleased specifically with the play of two girls, albeit not all that new. Senior forward Liz Corey is playing well after having missed the entire 2012 season with an ACL injury. Joining her up front will be junior Caitlin Fryer, a transfer from Pelham who has played well thus far. Fryer is also a member of the South African U17 team, having played in 11 international contests.
-In the end, though, the past three sectional championships mean nothing to Cupertino, something he made clear to his team.
“Whatever happens in the past doesn’t matter,” Cupertino said. “We need to concentrate on what we’re getting ready for and what’s going to happen in the future. That’s what we have to plan for.”