CRABTREE

Kathryn Crabtree runs down the field during Wednesday’s BBA quarterfinal 7-0 win over U-32. BBA will play for the Division II state championship on Saturday.

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Burr and Burton has advanced to their second field hockey championship in the past three years.

The Bulldogs will take on No. 1 Mt. Abraham on Saturday at 11 a.m. at South Burlington High School, the same team that topped BBA in the Division II state championship in 2018.

Mt. Abraham is looking to three-peat, as they also won the 2019 state championship.

BBA is the No. 2 seed with a record of 8-1. Mt. Abraham has a 6-1 record this season.

BBA’s lone loss of the season came to Division I opponent Bellows Falls, who remain undefeated (10-0) and will play for the Division I championship on Saturday versus Champlain Valley. The Bulldogs gave Bellows Falls their most competitive game of the season, however, losing by just a single goal margin.

Besides the one blemish, BBA has looked strong. They have outscored their two playoff opponents by a combined score of 11-0, shutting out both No. 7 Otter Valley on Monday and No. 3 U-32 on Wednesday.

The Bulldogs use their depth to their advantage, as opposing teams can’t focus on one or two players. BBA’s scoring comes from everywhere, and they have athletes on both sides of the field. They also utilize two goalies as Hannah Callen and Mac Thuermer both see playing time.

The Bulldogs have a lot of senior leadership on this year’s team, 10 out of the 22 players on BBA’s roster are seniors. They have enjoyed success with the program, but have yet to win a state championship. All five of BBA’s captains; Hannah Callen, Riley Callen, Abby Farrington, Efremia Geralis and Arden Wojtach are seniors.

The captains play a big role in BBA’s success, but other key contributors for the Bulldogs include Kathryn Crabtree, Emma Hall and Celsey McMahon.

Mt. Abraham only played five regular season games, with four of those games coming against Division I opponents. Mt. Abraham’s most impressive win of the season came in their season-opener on Sept. 29 when they defeated Division I state finalist CVU 3-2.

Mt. Abraham also defeated Division I opponents Mt. Mansfield and Burlington High School. Their only loss came in their season finale, where Division I Rice won 3-2.

In Mt. Abraham’s lone regular season matchup versus a Division II opponent, they won 5-0 on Oct. 5 versus Middlebury.

Mt. Abraham defeated Hartford 2-1 in their quarterfinal matchup on Oct. 23, and then blew out Woodstock 8-2 in a semifinal matchup on Tuesday.

BBA is looking to capture their first field hockey state championship since 2003.

Michael Mawson can be reached on Twitter @Mawson_Sports or via email at mmawson@benningtonbanner.com.

Sports Reporter

Michael Mawson is a sports reporter for the Bennington Banner. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of New Hampshire in 2019. Michael was the sports editor of UNH’s student newspaper where he covered NCAA Division I athletics.


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