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Pearl River Sports: Field Hockey Honors Seniors, Remembers Classmate

The Pearl River field hockey team defeated Clarkstown South, 5-1, on senior recognition day Thursday. The Pirates wore yellow ribbons with the initials "T.S." on them in memory of PRHS junior Thomas Scognamiglio. UPDATED with boys soccer cance

The Pearl River field hockey team struggled to find its offense early this season, but the Pirates have had no such troubles of late.

Pearl River fired 26 shots on goal on the way to a 5-1 victory at home against Clarkstown South Thursday, giving the Pirates 14 goals during their current three-game winning streak. 

"The last three games, we've scored 14 goals, which is big for us," Pearl River Head Coach Shane Carlacci said. "We had a lot of trouble scoring early in the season. If we're going to get hot, this is the time to do it."

Five different players scored goals for Pearl River. Sophomores Courtney Ocasal sparked the Pirates early, setting up Jackie Dowling for Pearl River's first goal and scoring the second herself. Ocasal and another sophomore, Erin Dolphin, each had one goal and one assist. 

In addition to honoring seniors Emily Darvan, Siobhan James, Aine McCormack, Julianne Roth and Delia White, the Pirates also wore yellow ribbons with the initials "T.S." on them in memory of Pearl River High School junior Thomas Scognamiglio, who passed away from bone cancer Wednesday. Yellow ribbons are often worn to promote awareness of Osteosarcoma, the form of cancer Scognamiglio suffered from. 

Pearl River (5-7-3) will complete the regular season 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23 at Fox Lane. That game was postponed along with most Pearl River contests Wednesday. 

Bonfire/Pep Rally Cancelled, Homecoming Postponed

The Pearl River School District announced Thursday that the bonfire and pep rally scheduled for tonight would be cancelled "Due to our tragic loss at the high school." The event may be rescheduled for the spring. 

The Homecoming Dance was pushed back from this Saturday to Oct. 27 at 7 p.m.

Many will be wearing white in memory of Scognamiglio Friday. White ribbons are traditionally worn for awareness of bone diseases and bone cancer. 

The start time for Saturday's Homecoming football game against Hendrick Hudson was pushed back from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Breast Cancer Awareness

Pearl River lacrosse Head Coach Shane Carlacci said her team raised a total of $360 for breast cancer awareness with the Play for a Cure game Oct. 13 and a bake sale Wednesday.

Saturday's football game will not just be Homecoming, it will be a Pink Game to raise funds for Susan G. Komen Passionately Pink for the Cure®.

Boys Soccer Game Rained Out

Pearl River's boys soccer game at Nanuet Friday was cancelled due to rain. No make-up date announced yet. 

Friday's Schedule

  • Pearl River girls soccer vs. Nyack at OMM Complex, 3:45 p.m.
  • Pearl River boys soccer at Nanuet, 4 p.m. (CANCELLED)

Saturday's Schedule

  • Pearl River girls cross country at Section 1 Coaches' Invitational, 10 a.m.
  • Pearl River boys cross country at Section 1 Coaches' Invitational, 11 a.m.
  • Pearl River football at home against Hendric Hudson, 2:30 p.m. (Homecoming)

Sunday's Schedule

  • Pearl River boys soccer at Nyack, 11 a.m.

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