RYE, N.Y. – Rye goalie Lacey Collins found herself the center of attention in the final 10 seconds of the Bronxville-Rye Section 1 field hockey game Monday.
Bronxville put a shot on cage from just inside the circle, which led to a mad scramble. Collins made the initial save, then spent the final few seconds trying to swat the ball.
The Rye defense would eventually assist Collins and clear the ball as time ran out, preserving a 0-0 draw between two of Section 1’s elite teams and programs.
Rye concludes the regular season with an 8-2-6 record and will await its seed in the Section 1 Class B field hockey championships. Bronxville goes to 13-1-1 and will close out the regular season Tuesday hosting John Jay-East Fishkill, coached by Barbara Deppe, mother of Bronxville coach Jackie Deppe Frawley.
The Section 1 Field Hockey Championship seeding meeting will be held Wednesday.
“After I made the save, I ended up on the ground,” said Collins, who registered her third consecutive shutout. “I was using my glove to try and swat the ball away, but there had to be at least eight sticks hitting my glove.”
It was the second huge save Collins had made in the final 10 minutes. Collins came out of her goal to thwart a Bronxville three-on-one rush, meeting Bailey Wood as she got the shot off.
“I usually don’t do that but it was an impulsive move,” Collins said. “I saw her (Wood) coming down the field and after the pass I thought I could make the save.”
Rye responded with Scarlett Sulliman taking the ball just before midfield, stickhandling down the right wing and cutting to the middle. Sulliman, while moving left, would unleash a reverse sweep that just went wide.
Both teams came away pleased with the tie. Bronxville, which is likely to earn the No. 1 seed in the Class C championships, played another solid game against a bigger school.
“We feel we played excellent,” Bronxville senior Brooke Bonfiglio said. “We came in with ideas of what we wanted to accomplish and we did that. We had our opportunities, but we just didn’t capitalize.”
Bronxville has closed out its season with Scarsdale, Mamaroneck, Rye and John Jay-East Fishkill Tuesday. Bonfiglio said the team does not mind playing the high-quality teams, especially with sectionals beginning later this week.
“To play games against top competition like Rye, Mamaroneck, Scarsdale and John Jay, and play a solid game, it definitely gives us confidence going into sectionals,” Bonfiglio said.