It’s been a big year for first time state champions in the NY/NJ/CT tristate region with Greenwich in Connecticut and Massapequa (Class A) and Bronxville (Class C) all taking titles.
Bronxville’s win was especially sweet. After all, it came against a Cazenovia team the Broncos had fallen to in the 2013 New York Class C state championship game.
It was quite a run for the Broncos. We caught up with one of the catalysts for the championship, junior defenseman Charlie Tarry, who has committed to the Princeton University admissions process.
Now, here are Charlie’s thoughts on the championship season.
What was the feeling like when the clock went to zeroes and Bronxville had finished off the win against Cazenovia for the state championship?
The feeling was really indescribable. Especially after coming up just short last year, it made it that much sweeter. It’s really a culmination of all our hard work all year and a testament to all the people who have helped get Bronxville Lacrosse to the level it has reached today.
How does the feeling of being a state champion compare to what you thought it would be like in all the years of working hard chasing the goal?
The feeling is better than anything I would have imagined. It’s hard to imagine what it would feel like until it actually happens.
If you have to pinpoint two or three keys to the team’s run to winning the title, what would they be?
The first key for us was definitely just getting everyone healthy. Early on, we were missing a lot of key contributors and we had some injuries later in the year to key guys as well.
I don’t think we played a game with everyone healthy at the same time until around the second round of sectionals. It was definitely key getting all our guys back.
The second thing I would say for us was intensity.
During the regular season, we had a few games where we didn’t play well simply because we didn’t approach the game the right way. Also, we remembered last year where we sort of had a letdown from the state semis to the finals.
This year when we got the playoffs, everyone knew what the goal was and we were all very focused on achieving it. When we brought a high level of intensity to our playoff games, it showed in our performances.
What are one or two plays during the state title run that will stick in your mind and that you may tell friends in college that you meet who are not aware about what the team did?
There were a lot of great plays during the run especially in the finals. Liam Lynch’s goal off the faceoff, Henry Grass’s goal to tie the game at 10, and Matt Behrens’s go ahead goal were all key plays.
But I’d like to point out two other plays that might not have been noticed as much.
The first was in the first quarter of the game. Will Duncan first pushed a Cazenovia kid out of bounds, after picking up the ball he ran back up the sideline. The Cazenovia kid then attempted to push Will out of bounds, but he lowered his shoulder and ran right through the Cazenovia defender.
I thought this play really helped set the tone for the game and how we were going to play. As a senior leader, Will did a great job establishing the mindset that we were going to out work them.
The second play that comes to mind was in the fourth quarter.
Will Hutchinson picked up a ground ball near the sideline and was triple teamed. Somehow, he brought his stick behind his back to avoid the defenders and managed to stay in bounds.
It was really an incredible play, and at a key point in the game it got us an extra possession and gave our defense a break.
What will you be doing lacrosse-wise this summer?
I still have one more year to go at Bronxville and I am very excited for it. As for preparing for college lacrosse this summer, I will be playing in some highly competitive tournaments with both Bronxville and Primetime.
Also, I’ll be needing to spend some time in the weight room to improve my game to prepare for both this coming year and further on.
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