MANCHESTER — The Burr and Burton field hockey team earned the two seed in the 2020 Division II playoffs after a strong regular season.
The Bulldogs finished the season 6-1. Their only loss came to Bellows Falls, the No. 1 seed in Division I, on Oct. 3, dropping that match 2-1. Bellows Falls is a perfect 8-0 on the season. The Bulldogs gave them their closest game of the season.
As the two seed, they will host No. 7 Otter Valley at Judy McCormick Taylor Field on Monday at 3:30 p.m. The game was originally scheduled for Saturday at 11 a.m. but was pushed back after BBA announced on Thursday that a teacher tested positive for COVID-19.
Otter Valley defeated No. 10 Middlebury 1-0 in double overtime on Thursday in a playdown.
BBA began their season by hosting Otter Valley, and were victorious in that Sept. 26 matchup. The Bulldogs won 6-0.
BBA has a lot of depth, and are difficult to prepare for as it seems a different player steps up each game for the Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs defense has been elite. Through seven games, the team has only allowed a total of four goals. Half their goals came in their only loss of the season.
BBA has four shutouts so far this year, including one against Otter Valley.
The Bulldogs have outscored their opponents by an impressive 26-4 margin.
If the Bulldogs were to win their quarterfinal matchup on Monday, their next test would be No. 3 U-32 (5-2) in the semifinals. The two teams have yet to face off against each other in 2020. The game is scheduled for Tuesday, but it is unclear as of now if it would be moved to a later date.
This year presents a unique opportunity for BBA field hockey. If they keep on winning and advance to the championship game, there is a chance they could be playing on their home turf.
Typically, championships are played at the University of Vermont. With the coronavirus pandemic, however, colleges are not opening up their facilities to outsiders.
BBA is one of just three high schools in the state of Vermont that offer a field hockey regulation sized turf field. The Vermont Principals Association believes its vital to play the game late in the year on turf. Burr and Burton was announced as one of the hosts for field hockey championships this year. It is unclear at this time if they will host the Division II game, or one of the other Divisions.