The Pearl River girls lacrosse team will continue its defense of the Section 1 Class C championship 5:30 p.m. today at No. 4 Rye.
Pearl River (12-7-1) lost twice to Nyack during an up-and-down regular season and entered the playoffs as the No. 9 seed, but battled back from a five-goal deficit to defeat the top-seeded Indians, 16-15, in the quarterfinals Saturday. Kaity Creagh scored four goals, including the game-winner, and Allison Cook contributed five.
Rye (11-5-2) reached the semifinals with a 14-9 victory at home against Bronxville Saturday. The Garnets feature a solid defense and the scoring of Emma Brinkman, who racked up six goals in the victory over Bronxville.
Pearl River won the last time the two programs played, a 16-11 victory at home April 14, 2011 with Kiera McMullan scoring seven goals. They last played in the playoffs two seasons before that, when Rye eliminated Pearl River.
The winner of Monday's semifinal game will advance to the section championship 3 p.m. at Suffern.
Pearl River Baseball Awaits Playoff Seeding
Pearl River wrapped up its second consecutive league championship last week, clinching the Conference 4 League B title with a 1-0 victory over Nanuet Thursday.
The Pirates completed the regular season with a 13-7 record after Saturday's 9-2 win at Scarsdale. They will open up the Section 1 Class A playoffs this week.
The Section 1 playoff pairings meeting will be held this morning. Check back with Patch later today to find out who Pearl River will play in the opening round. The Pirates will likely get a first-round home game.
Sport: Track and Field
Highlights: Pearl River won the boys Rockland County Track and Field team championship for the first time in school history. The Pearl River girls finished second to Suffern in the two-day event Thursday and Friday at Suffern Middle School.
Pearl River senior Kieran Brennan won the 400-meter dash with a time of 49.1 seconds and the 1600-meter with a time of 4:20.1. He was also part of the 4x400 meter relay team, which finished first with a time of 3.23.3. Teammate Hans Lueders was also part of the winning relay team, and finished first in both the 110- and 400-meter hurdles, with times of 15.2 and 56.0, respectively.
In the girls meet, Pearl River's Kelly Hayes won the 3,000-meter run with a time of 10:17.1 and teamed with Danielle Muchoe, Maria Kohlbrenner and Molly Shine to take the 4X800 Relay.
Game: Pearl River at Clarkstown South (Sunday)
Highlights: Sami McDonald, Cassie Fishkin and Allie Tobias all homered during the six-run fifth inning to help Clarkstown South give Pearl River its first loss of the season.
Sophomore Sam Alicandri was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and senior Kristyn Neroda was 2-for3 with a walk and a run scored for the Pirates (17-1).
Game: Pearl River vs. Tappan Zee at Bailey's Field in Orangeburg (Friday)
Result: Pearl River 3, Tappan Zee 0
Highlights: Sophomore pitcher Mandy McCarthy pitched her way through a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the fourth on the way to a four-hit shutout, striking out 11.
Nicole Leote, Deirdre O'Malley and Amanda Hartigan drove in runs during a three-run fourth inning for the Pirates.
Sport: Boys Lacrosse
Game: Pearl River at Bronxville in Class C quarterfinals (Friday)
Result: Bronxville 16, Pearl River 2
In girls lacrosse, Pearl River will play at Rye in the Section 1 Class C semifinals.
In softball, Pearl River will play Nyack at home at 4:30 p.m. in the Pirates' senior recognition day game.
In boys and girls track and field, Pearl River will compete in the East Coast Relays.
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Editor's Note: The start time for Pearl River's Class C girls lacrosse semifinal game at Rye has been corrected to 5:30 p.m.