DIXFIELD – Telstar received goals by Whitney Mills and T.J. Cowen in the first half en route to a 3-0 triumph against Dirigo in the regular-season field hockey finale at Harlow Park.

It was the Rebels second consecutive shutout. Telstar (10-3-1) will play in the MVC championship game Friday against Livermore Falls.

Despite being down by two goals, the Cougars put forth a surge and made things interesting in the second half.

Dirigo finishes 4-10, doubling its win total in 2006.

“The defense is all seniors,” Dirigo coach Gretchen Errington said. “Without them, the score would have been even higher. On offense, once we get the ball in the circle, we are not finishing. Telstar took advantage of this.”

Telstar got on the scoreboard when Mills tallied six minutes into the game. Dirigo fullback Caitlynn Dolloff tried to clear the ball, but Mills intercepted and went one-on-one with goalie Dani Tompkins (12 saves).

The Cougars never generated any offense in the first half, as Abby Fenstermacher was checked off by Rebel sweeper Amber Morin. Telstar left wing Josie Reiss had several shots at the cage.

Cowen made it 2-0 when she poked the ball into the back of the cage. Mils assisted on the play with 8:31 left.

“We just wanted to come into the game and play hard,” Cowen said.

“On the goal, Whitney had shot the ball and it went behind the goalie. It rolled right through, and the ball came through to me, and I was able to get my stick on it.”

Cowen also scored unassisted with 11 seconds left in the game.

Dirigo applied pressure in the second half. Abby Fenstermacher had the best chance, but was stoned by Rebel goalie Brianna Douglass (five saves) and her second shot was cleared away.

“The defense was shaky,” Telstar coach Gail Wight said. “In the second half, they were not stopping the ball before trying to hit it. That allowed Dirigo to get extra possessions.”

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