WESTMINSTER -- The top-seeded Bellows Falls field hockey team shut down No. 9 Missisquoi, 9-0, in a Division 3 quarterfinal contest held Saturday.
"I told the players to go out there and play hard," said Terriers coach Bethany Coursen. "I told them to try to score in the first two minutes."
Mariah Barnett would ultimately answer that call, and would up the ante, by tapping in Bellows Falls’ first goal a minute into the contest.
"There was nothing any goalie could have done against Barnett’s shot," said Coursen. "Missisquoi’s goalie did have some nice saves."
Barnett would lead the Terriers with four goals total.
Throughout the teams’ recent history, Missisquoi had easily dominated Bellows Falls, noted Coursen. Missisquoi took the crown in the 2012 tournament, while Coursen’s crew was knocked out of last year’s title bid in a quarters loss to North Country.
"We were much faster and better conditioned today," said the BFUHS coach. "Kya Coursen would get control, Wells and Barnett were connecting with their passing, and everyone worked together to bring it down the field."
Also on shot duty, Sarah Wells and Cassidy Santorelli each tallied two goals for the winners, and Molly Dufault made a sweet debut with her first goal of the season, for the finale.
Goalkeepers Shea Wilkinson and Quinn Lawrence split their time in the Terriers net.
Bellows Falls will take on fifth-ranked Lyndon Institute in Tuesday’s semifinal, to be played at UVM in Burlington at 3:45 p.m.
"We have a nice record, but those games were all won on grass," said Coursen. "At UVM, we’ll be playing on turf, which means a faster game, but we’ve had plenty of practice on it, and we’re excited to head up there for the final four."
Thetford 5, Leland & Gray 2
THETFORD -- With the score tied at 1-1, the Panthers went on a 4-0 run to pull away in Saturday’s Division 3 quarterfinal.
Ashley Bates and Haley Buffum did the damage for the Rebels. Giannina Gaspero-Beckstrom was credited with an assist.
Leland & Gray finished up with a 6-10 mark.
Proctor 6, Twin Valley 0
PROCTOR -- McKenzie Hickey had a hat trick and the Phantoms eliminated the Wildcats in the quarterfinals.
"We thoroughly dominated the first half, but we just couldn’t slide one by," said Twin Valley coach Chris Walling, who credited Karlee Walkowiak with marking really well.
Twin Valley, which trailed 2-0 at the break, finished up with a 9-7 record.
THETFORD -- Ryan Gilligan (40th), Dan Burdo (70th), Tyler Clement (72nd), Oiver Pomazi (77th) and Jon Burdo (78th) were the top five finishers for the Brattleboro boys in Saturday’s State meet.
South Burlington won the team event with just 22 points. The Colonels were 11th out of the 12 teams with 328 points.
Nevada Powers placed 19th in 21:28 to lead the Brattleboro girls. Catey Yost (54th), Eve Pomazi (81st), Dana Alexa (82nd) and Katie Reynolds (86th) were next for the Colonels.
CVU took the girls team title with 42 points. BUHS took 11th with 322 points.
In the Division 3 boys race, Bellows Falls placed third behind Stowe and Rice.
Willie Moore (10th), Timothy Jones (21st), Jonah Bolotin (22nd), Jackson Purdy (28th) and Jacob Metcalfe (63rd) paced the Terriers.
Lucy Lawlor and Chapin Reis wound up 32nd and 38th respectively to lead the Bellows Falls girls.
In the NHIAA Division 3 girls meet, Hinsdale placed 19th out of 21 teams. Taryn Fisk placed 82nd for the Pacers.
Hinsdale wound up 28th in the boys team scoring.