WESTMINSTER -- The Bellows Falls varsity field hockey team opened up with an 8-0 rout of visiting Springfield on Friday afternoon.
Sarah Wells and Anna Clark each had a hat trick for the hosts, who took a 4-0 lead in the first seven minutes and led 6-0 at the intermission. Cassidy Santorelli tallied twice for the Terriers.
Bellows Falls took 25 total shots on the day. Goalie Quinn Lawrence stopped 25 shots to get the shutout.
The Terriers earned the No. 1 seed in the Division 3 Tournament last season, before falling to Stowe 2-1 in the finals.
Bellows Falls (1-0) will face Windsor on Thursday.
Brattleboro 1, Fair Haven 1
FAIR HAVEN -- After a scoreless first half on Saturday, each team tallied once in the second half.
Five minutes into the second half, Brattleboro's Marley Lynch passed to Meg Powell who shot from the top of the circle and Katie Damian tipped it home for a 1-0 lead. But three minutes later, Emily Maynard delivered the equalizer for the Slaters.
"Brattleboro played a strong first half despite never having a scrimmage in the preseason," said Sherryl Libardoni, who is coaching the Colonels along with Kelly Markol. "After the goal, the Brattleboro team did not play with the intensity that they had in the first half. After a time out at the 10-minute mark, Brattleboro's play improved and kept the ball in the Fair Haven end."
The Colonels had some quality shots during the 10 minutes of sudden death, but Fair Haven goalie Elly Maynard (10 saves) made some clutch stops.
The purple and white had a 7-4 edge in corners and a 12-9 advantage in shots on goal. Meg Powell, Laura Freeman, Marley Lynch, Hannah Wilson and Daija Germain all played well for 0-0-1 Brattleboro, which will play at rival MAU on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.
Leland & Gray 4,
TOWNSHEND -- Jessie Stockwell, Ashley Bates, Charly Sperling and Giannina Gasparo-Beckstrom all scored for the Rebels in Saturday's opener.
"It was a really well played game," said winning coach Lucas Bates. "Beating a quality team like BFA-Fairfax bodes well for the rest of the season."
After Emily Stockwell set up her sister's goal and Bates delivered unassisted, Mikayla Sullivan found the back of the net to make it 2-1. Sperling and Gasparo-Beckstrom then added insurance goals in the second half.
Jordan Gouger made five stops for the hosts. Caroline Tietz, Emily Thibault and Mackenzie Boyle all played well in the back.
The 1-0 Rebels will play at Fair Haven on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.
Note: Leland & Gray raised $220 for the ALS fund.
WHITINGHAM -- The Twin Valley varsity boys soccer team, which went undefeated and won the state title last season, will debut on Tuesday at 4 p.m., at Bellows Falls.
Members of the Wildcats team are: Coach -- Buddy Hayford. Assistants -- Ryan Holton, Jesse Trudeau. Manager -- Jacko. Players -- Evan Therrien, Sam Molner, Morrow Bernard, Jacob Hicks, Hank Sweeney, Oscar Smith, Wyatt Shippee, Conall Sullivan, Javier Mateos, Tobi Will, Justin Hicks, Baylee Crawford, Nick Nilsen, DJ Lazelle, Kyle Murdock, Chris Robinson, Felix Langer, Bret Swanson, Skyler Boyd, Troy Felisko, Chad Bernard, Alec Crosier, Logan Park.