Field hockey: John Jay, Arlington tie is prelude to more significant rematch

As the whistle sounded, it halted what might have been a fast break. Arlington had cleared another penalty corner just seconds earlier and was looking to push the ball up field.

Then it was over.

“I really wish we had overtime,” senior Ella Tamweber said afterward. “You play a game, and you want to have a winner at the end. I wish we could’ve kept going because our team was really in it, especially near the end.”

John Jay's Layla Ohrvall hits the ball during the Section 1 field hockey game at Arlington High School in Lagrangeville, NY on Thursday, September 22, 2022. KELLY MARSH/FOR THE POUGHKEEPSIE JOURNAL
John Jay's Layla Ohrvall hits the ball during the Section 1 field hockey game at Arlington High School in Lagrangeville, NY on Thursday, September 22, 2022. KELLY MARSH/FOR THE POUGHKEEPSIE JOURNAL

Instead, they immediately lined up to shake hands with members of the John Jay-East Fishkill field hockey team, offering their rivals kudos on a game well played, with the promise of a rematch soon.

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Section 1 field hockey doesn’t permit overtime in the regular season. The reasoning, administrators said, is that with darkness falling early during the autumn and not all venues having lighting, it would be impractical to have afternoon games extended. There is also the physical toll on the athletes as competition is prolonged.

Hence, these teams on Thursday playing to a scoreless tie.

Those rules don’t apply to all fall sports, though. Many of these players watched intently on Monday evening as their schools’ girls soccer teams competed in a double-overtime thriller, and would lament days later not having the opportunity to do the same.

John Jay and Arlington players battle for the ball in front of the Arlington goal during the Section 1 field hockey game at Arlington High School in Lagrangeville, NY on Thursday, September 22, 2022. KELLY MARSH/FOR THE POUGHKEEPSIE JOURNAL
John Jay and Arlington players battle for the ball in front of the Arlington goal during the Section 1 field hockey game at Arlington High School in Lagrangeville, NY on Thursday, September 22, 2022. KELLY MARSH/FOR THE POUGHKEEPSIE JOURNAL

Well, they have in the playoffs. Arlington and John Jay over the years have played in some drag-out marathon contests that extended beyond overtime and concluded dramatically in shootouts. So, an ending after regulation seemed almost too abrupt, players said.

“A tie is bittersweet,” John Jay midfielder Hope Angioletti said. “Our teams are equal, and it showed, but you do wish we could have kept going to determine the winner. We’re definitely looking forward to seeing them again.”

A cause hits close to home

They will on Tuesday, when John Jay hosts the rematch on an evening when the teams will play for a purpose beyond the standings. The Patriots next week are dedicating their efforts to Sparrow’s Nest, a Dutchess County-based charity that provides meals and services to the relatives of cancer patients.

The mother of one of their junior varsity players is battling cancer and her family has received support from Sparrow’s Nest, varsity coach Bernadette Angioletti said.

John Jay goalie makes a save during the Section 1 field hockey game at Arlington High School in Lagrangeville, NY on Thursday, September 22, 2022. KELLY MARSH/FOR THE POUGHKEEPSIE JOURNAL
John Jay goalie makes a save during the Section 1 field hockey game at Arlington High School in Lagrangeville, NY on Thursday, September 22, 2022. KELLY MARSH/FOR THE POUGHKEEPSIE JOURNAL

“We do cancer-related fundraisers every year, but it’s hitting close to home this time,” said the coach, whose team has partnered for years with Friends of Jaclyn, a charity focused on pediatric cancer. “Arlington is contributing, and I think it’ll be an emotional day for a lot of us.”

Both teams will wear shirts bearing the names of loved ones affected by cancer.

As well, Arlington in the coming weeks will host its 15th annual “Pink Out” event, which typically raises thousands of dollars for Miles of Hope, a foundation that provides services and aid to people fighting breast cancer.

‘It keeps you on your toes’

Arlington and John Jay are used to playing tense games decided by a goal — or a shootout — though it’s the Admirals who mostly have gotten the better of those showdowns, including a sweep last season.

Arlington's Sophia Bronzi runs up field during the Section 1 field hockey game at Arlington High School in Lagrangeville, NY on Thursday, September 22, 2022. KELLY MARSH/FOR THE POUGHKEEPSIE JOURNAL
Arlington's Sophia Bronzi runs up field during the Section 1 field hockey game at Arlington High School in Lagrangeville, NY on Thursday, September 22, 2022. KELLY MARSH/FOR THE POUGHKEEPSIE JOURNAL

Through the first three weeks of this season, though, John Jay appears to have the edge among the trio of Dutchess rivals. Ketcham in recent years was the unquestioned power, a title contender in Section 1, but they now are rebuilding after losing several stars to graduation. And it’s the Patriots, currently on a six-game unbeaten streak, who have seemingly ascended.

Their roster is comprised entirely of upperclassmen and a group of juniors are quickly emerging, including Jill Santaroni, a talented scorer.

“I don’t want to get carried away or be overly confident, but it does feel like it’s our year to take a big step,” Bernadette Angioletti said. “We’ve got good senior leadership and some great chemistry, with a group that works hard. We’re excited about what we can do.”

They should also be encouraged about what they did against Arlington. Well, the idle scoreboard notwithstanding.

Arlington's Ava Moran swats the ball away from John Jay's Hope Angioletti, left, during the Section 1 field hockey game at Arlington High School in Lagrangeville, NY on Thursday, September 22, 2022. KELLY MARSH/FOR THE POUGHKEEPSIE JOURNAL
Arlington's Ava Moran swats the ball away from John Jay's Hope Angioletti, left, during the Section 1 field hockey game at Arlington High School in Lagrangeville, NY on Thursday, September 22, 2022. KELLY MARSH/FOR THE POUGHKEEPSIE JOURNAL

The Patriots (6-3-1) controlled possession for most of the contest and often were on the attack, playing in the offensive third. They also drew six penalty corners, among their several scoring chances.

The Arlington defense held firm, though, staving off each of those surges, turning away many of those drives without a quality shot being allowed.

“Our defense was in great position each time and we did a good job collectively,” Arlington midfielder Ava Moran said. “Our forwards played a part in that, too, pressing and slowing them down in transition.”

John Jay also was stout on that end, allowing the Admirals only a few drives into the circle. Lauren Mastromarco made six saves in the shutout.

John Jay's Hope Angioletti swats the ball during the Section 1 field hockey game at Arlington High School in Lagrangeville, NY on Thursday, September 22, 2022. KELLY MARSH/FOR THE POUGHKEEPSIE JOURNAL
John Jay's Hope Angioletti swats the ball during the Section 1 field hockey game at Arlington High School in Lagrangeville, NY on Thursday, September 22, 2022. KELLY MARSH/FOR THE POUGHKEEPSIE JOURNAL

Hope Angioletti intercepted a pass inside the 10 and cleared the ball on what, perhaps, was Arlington’s most promising possession with 4:41 left in the second quarter. The Admirals drew one corner at the end of the third quarter, which Bella Tassone and Emma Barton helped thwart. Midfielder Layla Ohrvall also shined defensively.

Arlington goalkeeper Amanda Cimillo made nine saves, including two diving deflections, but the Delaware commit often tested with difficult shots.

“John Jay is really good and it was an awesome game,” said Cimillo, whose team is 2-3-2. “With such a rivalry, it’s exciting when the teams are competitive and it’s intense throughout. It keeps you on your toes.”

Stephen Haynes: shaynes@poughkeepsiejournal.com; 845-437-4826; Twitter: @StephenHaynes4

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