Coursen named top New England coach

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BRATTLEBORO — Bethany Coursen has finished on top once again.

After guiding the Bellows Falls varsity stickers to a fourth consecutive state championship, MAX Field Hockey named her the No. 1 coach for 2018 in both Vermont and New England.

"I was shocked and honored, speechless and happy," said Coursen, describing her reaction to the honor.

Her Terriers went a perfect 14-0 during the regular season last fall to earn the top seed in the Division 1 Tournament, only to hear whispers of "soft schedule" and "overrated." The team responded with playoff victories over northern powers Champlain Valley Union, Rice, and then South Burlington.

The last of those, which was the title tilt at UVM, was the 57th win in a row for the most successful field hockey team ever in the Green Mountain State.

"As I have always said, I only get this recognition because of the players I have had over the years. Their hard work makes me look good," Coursen remarked. "They earned this award for me and for that I am truly speechless and honored beyond words."

Goalie Emma Lober, who was rarely tested during the regular season, made 16 clutch stops in the finals. Freshman Maya Waryas and senior Madison Streeter each scored during that 2-0 victory over the three-time defending state champs.

"I'm so proud of my teams and all of these young ladies that carry a stick and work hard to be the best they can. I am so lucky," added the BF coach.

Bellows Falls' Abbe Cravinho, who had 32 goals and 20 assists as a senior and a program record 80 goals in her career, made the All New England First Team. Streeter had 18 goals as a 12th grader and was named to the Second Team.


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