Controversial Finish: North Salem Falls in Semis

North Salem came up short of advancing to the finals after Pawling edged the Tigers in a shootout.

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y.— Members of North Salem’s field hockey team were left scratching their heads after fourth-seeded Pawling advanced past the Tigers in the Section 1 Class C semifinals on Tuesday, Oct. 31.

After a scoreless regulation and two overtime periods the game went to a shootout, which features a one-on-one with a goalie where a player has 10 seconds to try to score and can take as many shots as they can unless the ball goes out of bounds.

Two of Pawling’s players, Ava Panzer and Frankie Fleming, scored during the shootout. On top-seeded North Salem’s end of the spectrum is where the controversy came in. Tiger coach Jennifer Frohman said that three of her players were thrown to the ground by Pawling keeper Kayla Chavarri. Penalty strokes were awarded the first two times it happened, but the Tigers were unable to capitalize.

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After the third North Salem player was pushed to the ground, Frohman protested the game and contacted Section 1 Executive Director Jennifer Simmons. Frohman’s argument was that Chavarri should be carded and removed from the game, and that they should receive a third penalty stroke on a different goalie.

North Salem was awarded another stroke but Pawling’s backup goalie, Sara Corbi, stopped the shot.

“Pawling certainly should get credit for scoring two goals,” said North Salem coach Jennifer Frohman, whose team defeated Pawling 1-0 earlier in the season. “It was just truly unfortunate for North Salem to not get an equal opportunity.”

North Salem dominated regulation with a 16-2 shot advantage and had 14 corners to Pawling’s one.

“We played awesome in regulation,” Frohman said. “I couldn’t have asked more of my girls—they played their hearts out.”

Frohman said that Pawling outplayed North Salem in overtime as it held a 3-2 advantage on penalty corners.

Olivia DeSanto made two saves in net during regulation and overtime.

Pawling went on to fall to Bronxville 2-1 in the Class C final the next day.

North Salem still had a standout season, in spite of falling short of the finals. It finished with a 14-2 regular season record while claiming a league championship.

The Tigers will certainly miss a strong senior class which includes DeSanto, Mariana Alpizar, Daphne Dong, Hannah Houlihan, Natalie Intrieri, Molly McGuinness, Analisa Posa, Charlie Reiner, Hailey Starace and Kaitlyn Thayer.

“We had a wonderful group of seniors who led our team with heart and soul every game,” Frohman said. “Without their commitment and heart, we would never have gotten as far as we did. I’m so proud of my girls. It was truly a pleasure to coach them!”

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