MIDDLEBURY — With senior goalie Carolyn Laird making 34 saves, No. 3 Rutland on Monday upset the host No. 2 Middlebury Union High School girls’ hockey team, 1-0, in a Division I semifinal.
The 16-4-2 Raiders advanced to a Wednesday night final vs. No. 4 BFA-St. Albans (15-7), which upset three-time defending champion and top-seeded Essex, 1-0. The Raiders were making their first-ever appearance in a D-I title game, while BFA, the only team beside Essex to win a D-I crown, was seeking its first title in four years.