BF stickers, Purple Gang move on

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WESTMINSTER — Frank Ryan, who led the NFL with 25 touchdown strikes in 1964 as the Cleveland Browns quarterback, showed up to cheer for the Bellows Falls varsity field hockey team on Friday afternoon.

Even he had to be impressed with the home team's passing.

Junior Abbe Cravinho scored a goal and also dished out four assists, helping the top-seeded Terriers to a 6-0 victory over No. 9 Middlebury in a Division 2 quarterfinal.

"It was a pretty awesome day for Abbe," said Bellows Falls coach Bethany Coursen. "She is a girl on a mission. She was focused. She always gives 110 percent."

Cravinho dished left to Dani Marchica on two occassions, setting up the team's leading scorer for her 26th and 27th goals this season. She also drove one toward the goal that Molly Kelly deflected in and found Reaghan Baldasaro for an easy burial.

The play of the day came midway through the first half when Cravinho intercepted an attempted clear at the top of the circle and whacked the ball toward the cage, only to have it glance off of goalie Bridget Audet's pads and just under the crossbar.

"We have so many different players that can score," noted Coursen.

Madison Streeter, who is one of them, blasted six total shots on goal and was rejected each time. The Terriers also pressured with passing combinations, like when Cravinho fed Kelly early in the second half and she got the ball on Marchica's stick for a good chance.

With their team leading 5-0, the home fans began chanting "We want 100" down the stretch. Baldasaro would punch the ball in during a scrum with 55 seconds remaining to give Bellows Falls its 100th goal of the season.

Halle Dickerson and Paxton Santorelli were the defensive standouts for the winners, with the former dribbling the ball out of danger twice and the latter hustling to break up a couple of Middlebury runs. Meaghan Kelly chipped in with a couple of beautiful steals.

The Terriers, who improved to 15-0 this season and have won 38 consecutive games dating back to 2015, will face No. 4 Burr and Burton (7-6-2) on Monday at Middlebury College in a semifinal.

Two hours after Baldasaro scored her team's 100th goal of the season, the No. 4 Bellows Falls varsity football team kicked off to fifth-seeded Lyndon in a Division 2 quarterfinal at Hadley Field.

Shane Clark would carry the ball 13 times for 211 yards and a pair of touchdowns as the Terriers trampled the Vikings, 61-21.

Offensive linemen Gunnar Sawyer, Jackson Brown, Jared Zobkiw, Braden Maxfield, Reno Tuttle and Ben Asack paved the way for 14 runs of 10 yards or more on the night. They also gave quarterback Logan Cota time to complete 5 of 7 passes for 134 yards, including a 61-yard touchdown toss to Ryan Kelly.

Julian Christiansen, McGregor Vancor and Spencer Clark all had one rushing TD for the 7-2 Terriers.

Aside from giving up touchdown passes of 20 and 75 yards from Justin Joyal to Connor Whitehead, the Purple Gang's first-string defense was dominant. Tuttle had a sack, Asack made a tackle for loss, Jeff Rainville and Aiden Smith each recovered a fumble, and Andrew Elliott broke up a pass, to lead the way.

Bellows Falls will face the North Country-Burr and Burton winner in a Division 2 semifinal.


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