BF stickers earn No. 1 seed

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BRATTLEBORO — The top-seeded Bellows Falls varsity field hockey team will be looking to continue a few streaks when the Division 2 Tournament begins this week.

The Terriers have won all 14 of their games this season, the program has 37 victories in a row, and they are two-time defending state champions.

"This is a great group of hardworking young ladies. They love to work hard and be pushed to be the best they can. So very proud of them all. They make coaching fun and easy," said BF coach Bethany Coursen, whose team will face the winner of the Middlebury-Union 32 game in Friday's Division 2 quarterfinal at 3:30 p.m.

The Terriers feature a dangerous front line of Dani Marchica (25 goals), Abbe Cravinho (20 goals), Molly Kelly (17 goals) and Reaghan Baldasaro (14 goals). Madison Streeter and Sophia Hyslop have each scored seven times.

Bellows Falls (14-0) has outscored its foes by a combined 93-4 this season. Emma Lober, Anna Guild and Kylie Comstock have all seen time in goal.

Four other area teams will host a playdown game, including both Leland & Gray soccer teams and both Twin Valley soccer teams.

"This team really exceeded expectations from start to finish. We are very good defensively, very deep and can score goals in bunches. This is a very close knit group that has been a lot of fun to coach and be around," stated Twin Valley boys soccer coach Buddy Hayford, whose team has recorded nine shutouts this season.

Logan Park (15 goals), Jack McHale (13 goals) and Colin McHale (12 goals) are the leading scorers for the third-seeded Wildcats. Jimmer McGovern has contributed with seven tallies and nine assists.

The 13-1 Wildcats are ranked third in the Division 3 bracket, just behind undefeated Winooski and rival Stowe (11-1-1).

"We are battle tested, as we played a difficult schedule, and played well on the road tying Division 2 power Woodstock and losing in overtime to Burr and Burton," said Leland & Gray coach Chris Barton, whose booters earned the No. 5 seed. "Our defense is playing really well together and is a huge strength of our team."

Grayson Van Hendrick, Lucas Newton, Dakota Fillion, Jayden Bloom and Riley Faulkner have anchored the Leland & Gray backfield. Pat McDonald, Riley Barton and Pat Meyer are the leading scorers for the Rebels.

Arin Bates has scored 16 goals and set up eight others to help the Leland & Gray girls to an 8-6 record and the No. 7 seed in the D-3 Tournament.

"Her ability to see the field and spring teammates with through balls is her biggest piece of our puzzle," noted Rebels coach Lucas Bates, who has also gotten eight burials from Ellie Longo this season.

Goalie Kelsi Bostrom has made 80 saves for the Townshend team, but the Randolph forwards will have to get past talented backs Sierra Fillion, Bay Holmes, Erin Cutts and Carly Lane in order to have chances during the Division 3 showdown.

The Twin Valley girls will welcome Sharon for a Division 4 contest.

Tatyanna Bowman and Sadie Boyd each have a team-best six goals for the Wildcats. Keeper Tayler Courchesne has been solid between the pipes despite being under constant pressure all season long.

Brattleboro's boys soccer and field hockey teams enter the playoffs with confidence. Paul Sather's group upset rival MAU on Senior Night and the BUHS stickers just edged Burr and Burton 1-0 thanks to a goal from Kharisma Boyd.

Area playoff matchups

Tuesday

No. 12 Brattleboro boys soccer at No. 5 Middlebury, 3 p.m.

No. 13 Bellows Falls boys soccer at No. 4 Peoples, 3 p.m.

No. 5 Leland & Gray boys soccer hosts No. 12 Richford, 3 p.m.

No. 3 Twin Valley boys soccer hosts No. 14 Oxbow, 3 p.m.

No. 7 Brattleboro field hockey vs. No. 10 Springfield, in Bellows Falls, 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday

No. 8 Twin Valley girls soccer hosts No. 9 Sharon, 3 p.m.

No. 16 Bellows Falls girls soccer at No. 1 Green Mountain, 3 p.m.

No. 7 Leland & Gray girls soccer hosts No. 10 Randolph, 3 p.m.

Friday

No. 1 Bellows Falls field hockey hosts D-2 quarterfinal, 3:30 p.m.


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