Caroline Lyons made the winning penalty stroke in sudden-victory as the host and second-seeded Pawling High School field hockey team defeated sixth-seeded North Salem in a Section 1 Class C semifinal on Tuesday.
Pawling (16-1-1) will face top-seeded Bronxville in the Section 1 Class C final on Thursday at 3 p.m. at Mamaroneck High School.
Catie Dickinson made four saves for Pawling, which was knotted with North Salem through a scoreless regulation and two scoreless seven-on-seven overtime periods. The teams tied 1-1 in the first round of penalty strokes.
"Unbelievable," Pawling coach June Lagan said of her team, which lost to North Salem in the first round of last year's Section 1 tournament in the same scenario. "I think we dominated the first half and they dominated the second half. They pretty much dominated both overtimes."
Lagan said the atmosphere when Lyons knocked the winning stroke past North Salem goalkeeper Anastasia Pennachio was exciting.
"Caroline was surrounded by her teammates. There was cheering, jumping and hugging and plenty of hugs for the goalie, Catie Dickinson, who did a great job," Lagan said. "I keep reminding them to be prepared to play all the way to Thanksgiving because you want to get to states and you want to keep on playing."
Megan Theiller had 27 kills and 17 digs, to go along with three aces and two blocks, as host John Jay swept Suffern 25-18, 25-22, 25-12.
John Jay (18-1) advanced to today's 7 p.m. Class AA final at Montrose's Hendrick Hudson High School against Clarkstown South.
"We're so excited that we made it as far as the section final," John Jay coach Kalah Lipinski said. "They were fierce. Their defense was spot-on and nothing was hitting the floor. My team is strong hitters and they put the ball away."
Courtney Barbara had 31 assists, seven digs and three aces for John Jay. Rachel Sabatini added 10 kills, 15 digs, three aces and one block. Halley Dewey chipped in with five kills and six blocks.
College field hockey
John Jay graduate Shanna Vitale, the coach of the New Paltz field hockey team, was named SUNY Athletic Conference Coach of the Year.
New Paltz goalkeeper Antonija Pjetri was named SUNYAC Player of the Year.
The Hawks' Pjetri, Amy Lee, Alyssa Stock, Danielle Conklin and Madeliene Forrester were named first-team All-SUNYAC.
Lauren Link and Stissing Mountain graduate Kim Lepore were named second-team All-SUNYAC.
Marist's home game against San Diego was rescheduled Dec. 1 at noon at Tenney Stadium.
The game was originally slated for Nov. 3, but was postponed when Hurricane Sandy affected air travel for San Diego.