Terriers seeking 5th straight title

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BRATTLEBORO — Just after the Bellows Falls varsity field hockey team defeated South Burlington 2-0 for the Division 1 crown last fall, senior forward Abbe Cravinho had something to say about the program going forward.

"Don't ever count this team out," she said.

How could you?

The powerhouse that has produced Kealy Chipman (70 goals for Castleton University), Sarah Wells (43 goals for Castleton University), Madison Streeter (Rivier University freshman) and Cravinho (Clark University freshman), has plenty of talent left.

Defensive standouts Taylor Goodell, Halle Dickerson and goalie Jaia Caron have not given up any goals during the current playoff run. And sophomore Maya Waryas just scored her fifth game-winning goal in a postseason game.

Waryas has a chance to extend that streak to six when No. 6 Bellows Falls (9-7-0) takes on No. 1 Rice (11-4-1) in Saturday's Division 1 state championship game at UVM at 11 a.m.

This would be the fifth consecutive crown for the Terriers, who lost 16 players from last year's team. They beat Stowe 2-0 for all the marbles in 2015, topped Missisquoi Valley 4-0 for the 2016 title, outscored Spaulding 6-0 to win it all in 2017, and then zipped South Burlington 2-0 for the trophy last fall.

The program had won an amazing 58 games in a row before losing to Windsor 4-3 in the second game this season. BF's new streak is at three, including a victory over Rutland on Senior Night and a pair of upsets in the tournament.

Bellows Falls roster: Coach — Bethany Coursen. Players — Halle Dickerson, Anna Guild, Taylor Goodell, Meagan Kelly, Anna McGrath, Jordan Noyes, Abby Joslyn, Maya Waryas, Ashlynn Boucher, Kayleigh Illingworth, Madi Haskell, Grace Wilkinson, Ariana Wunderle, Jaia Caron, Grace Bazin, Jules McDermid, Jada Spaulding, Ashlin Maxfield, Emma Hillock, Mary Wallace, Ella Clark and Gwen McGrath.

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