NYACK, N.Y. - Despite their 2-0 loss to Bronxville in the Section 1 Class C title game on Saturday, Nov. 2, North Salem field hockey had a season to remember.
The Tigers finished the year with a 15-3-1 record, including going undefeated in league play. They also won two playoff games: a 3-0 defeat of Valhalla (Oct. 26) and a 1-0 double-overtime win over Rye Neck (Oct. 30).
In the playoffs and regular season, North Salem outscored their opponents, 61-15, recording 11 shutout victories.
The section title game, held at Nyack High School, was a rematch of a Sept. 9 match, which Bronxville won, 6-0.
North Salem played a stronger game this time around, but the Tigers couldn’t crack Bronxville’s stout defense, which allowed just 8 goals during the regular season and playoffs.
“Although we allowed two goals in the first half, we turned it around and had a fantastic second half putting a ridiculous amount of pressure on them,” said Coach Jennifer Frohman. “We had some pretty [good] opportunities but unfortunately were shut down.”
Junior* Juliet Serra said Bronxville is a tough opponent.
“We had several opportunities on corners and breakaways but it came down to speed and penalties,” Serra said. “Stick fouls were an issue also. But what the score doesn’t reflect is just how well our team played during those 60 minutes. Our defensive line blocked numerous goals and really played great.”
Serra said she is proud of her team.
“We won our league, never lost a home game, and really grew as a team,” Serra said.
Frohman said playing on a turf field at Nyack was a competitive disadvantage for the Tigers, who play and practice on grass. Bronxville, on the other hand, plays and practices on turf.
“Although our school graciously got us turf to practice on for the two days prior to the finals, which we are thankful for, if we had that opportunity like Bronxville, you never know what could’ve happened,” Frohman said.
Frohman said the season was filled with many memorable moments: tying Somers (the eventual Class B runner-up) on homecoming, beating Carmel in their final regular-season game, and the semifinal victory over Rye Neck.
“There wasn’t just one moment that made me proudest, though,” Frohman said. “But it was every moment my girls came out on the field and so gallantly represented North Salem and our field hockey program! The commitment, dedication, fearlessness, empathy, humbleness, and bravery that they showed, day in and day out, as young women, human beings and North Salem field hockey players are what makes me proudest and gives me great honor to call them ‘My Team!’
“I am very lucky to have coached such a fantastic group of girls,” she continued. “They made this season so much fun, with their singing, dancing, mascots, sense of humor and piñatas. We struggled in our first two games, but were a force to be reckoned with every game thereafter.”
Editor's Note: In the print version of this article, we incorrectly referred to Juliet Serra as a senior co-captain. Though that statement might be true in 2020, right now she is neither a senior nor a captain. We regret the error.