I have some unfortunate news to report regarding one of the staples of the Bronxville program in the last five years. Senior goalkeeper Jack Connors fractured his left elbow during a collision last week against Edgemont and is probably done for the year. The recovery time is said to be 2-3 months, which makes it very unlikely that Connors could make it back this season.
“Jack is known for anchoring the defense. You’re only as good as you goalkeeper. This is the first time that he will miss games due to an injury,” Bronxville coach Donny Lucas said. “Jack will always be one of the top keepers that came through the program.”
Connors came up as an eighth-grader and was the full-time starter for the Broncos as a freshman, helping the team win a Class B section title that year. He suffered a broken leg against Blind Brook during the section title game in his sophomore season, but returned for his junior year and did not miss a game.
“Jack will be on the sideline helping out with the younger players,” Lucas said. “So far, he has been a good mentor to sophomore goalie Joe Pepe, who is now the starting keeper. This is Joe’s second year on the varsity and he played in six games last year as a freshman.”
Pepe earned a 2-0 shutout win in his first start against Eastchester on Friday.
“He has lots of potential; the only thing he lacks is the game experience,” Lucas said. “I believe Joe will do just fine in goal. We just have to get the team use to playing with Joe behind them instead of Jack. ”
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