Terriers to face Rice in championship game

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MIDDLEBURY — The Bellows Falls varsity field hockey team is aiming for a fifth consecutive state championship after defeating second-seeded Champlain Valley Union 1-0 in Wednesday night's Division 1 semifinal at Middlebury College.

"Both teams played hard and never gave up," stated BF coach Bethany Coursen. "It was a great game."

The No. 6 Terriers (9-7-0) will take on top-ranked Rice (11-4-1) in Saturday's title tilt at the University of Vermont at 11 a.m. Kate Buckley scored in overtime to lead the Green Knights to a 1-0 decision over Mount Mansfield on the other side of the bracket.

Bellows Falls sophomore Maya Waryas scored in the first half against CVU, assisted by Ashlin Maxfield. Waryas has managed to score the game-winning goal in all five of her postseason games.

Goalie Jaia Caron, who started the fall season on her school's soccer team, made 11 saves for the shutout. She also had a clean sheet in her team's quarterfinal win.

"She did a great job in goal. The defense in front of her was lights out," noted coach Coursen.

Taylor Goodell, Halle Dickerson, Ella Clark, Jules McDermid, Anna Guild and Meagan Kelly all played well defensively. Forwards Ashlynn Boucher, Grace Wilkinson, Maxfield and Waryas applied the pressure for Bellows Falls.

The Terriers are the defending Division 1 champions, having downed South Burlington 2-0 in the 2018 finale. That was the 57th straight win for the most successful field hockey team in Vermont history over a four-year span.

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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