It’s been a little while since Bronxville (6-1) has tasted victory against its rival Pleasantville (4-3). The Broncos have lost the last two Section 1 Class C championships to the Panthers and with the creation of a fourth classification in New York and Bronxville’s subsequent drop to Class D, there was only one chance for revenge, a regular season battle on Thursday evening.
“I’ve played those guys four times before and I’ve never beat them,” senior goalie James Swartz. “I think three of them were by one goal, so this is a huge game for us, especially without meeting them in the postseason.”
For all the fanfare about the rivalry, it was a newcomer that was the catalyst for Bronxville on Thursday. Ryan Alberghine, a transfer from Trinity-Pawling, scored four first half goals for the Broncos as Bronxville pulled away from Pleasantville for a 12-6 victory.
“I’ve never played them before, playing them for the first time, I knew I had to step up big time,” Alberghine said. “If I did that, I knew we would be able to get the win, and it’s a great feeling. This game is always marked on the calendar here, so we were looking forward to this for a long time and we knew it would be something great.”
Bronxville led Pleasantville 5-2 at the half, which already equaled the total goals from last season’s Class B championship, won by the Panthers, 4-3, in overtime.
Pleasantville’s Declan McDermott scored the first goal of the second half, but Tarry answered with back-to-back goals in the third quarter to really take control of the game for Bronxville. The Broncos owned the fourth quarter, outscoring Pleasantville 5-2 behind two more goals from Tarry, a pair of goals and an assist from George Daskalakis, and a tally from Jerry Frost.
“Alberghine was amazing in the first half and really got it going for us,” Tarry said. “I think we moved the ball around well in the second half and got everyone open looks. Our transition game was really strong too. We scored a bunch on the break in the second half.”
McDermott led the way for Pleasantville with four goals. Brian Reda had a goal and an assist and Nolan McAndrew added a goal for the Panthers, but Swartz, the Bronxville goalie, was just too good from the opening faceoff. The senior stuffed 14 shots on the day including one from Reda right on the doorstep in the game’s first possession, three minutes in.
“I was on attack for that play and when I saw Swartz make that stop it really energized me,” Tarry said. “It really woke us up and brought us all to the level we needed to play to get this victory.”
Pleasantville eventually opened the scoring with 3:45 to go in the first period before Alberghine scored the first of his two goals. McAndrew tied it up at the end of one, but Bronxville scored all three goals and dominated play in the second quarter to take control of the game. Alberghine scored to put the Broncos up 3-2 and then Mac Crawford bulled his way to the crease for a goal. Alberghine finished the first half scoring with his fourth.
“We have a lot talented players. We put guys in the right positions, and we take advantage of what teams give us,” Alberghine said. “We have a lot of firepower and if teams want to shut down our marquee guys, other guys will just step up.”