MONTPELIER — A highlight-reel performance by Mikaela Luke-Currier helped the Montpelier girls complete a sweep of this year’s Ultimate state championships.
The Solons followed up the MHS boys victory with Thursday's 15-8 girls win over CVU. The top-seeded Solons (11-0) overpowered the No. 3 Redhawks (7-4) in the first half and survived a late comeback attempt to finish the job.
“Especially after the boys winning, we wanted to go out there and see what we could do,” MHS coach Nolan Benoit said. “The atmosphere was great and the crowd was excited to see what Montpelier Ultimate has to offer. And both teams did a great job of showing it. The student section for our game was really big and it was awesome to see so much of the school supporting us.”
The Solons were missing top scorer Eliana Moorhead due to an injury, but Luke-Currier delivered her most productive game of the season to fill the void. The Solons junior finished with a team-high eight points.
“Mikaela scored our first four or five points,” Benoit said. “She stepped up so much as a handler. She is such an athletic player, and that’s served her well all season. Tonight she was playing really smart Ultimate, and she was such an incredible athlete. As the game started, things clicked for her and she made it look easy. She was a breakout player today.”
Mae Browning, Nadia Scoppettone and Grace Valentine were also standouts for MHS. The trio looked for open looks to Luke-Currier all game, preventing the Redhawks from keying in on one handler.
“Having the three of them behind the disc handling makes me feel very confident,” Benoit said. “And all of the players who have carried us through the season were also there tonight.”
Montpelier established an 8-2 halftime lead and made a strong push at the end after CVU attempted to keep it close. The Solons claimed the last two championships when Ultimate was an exhibition sport, and now they’re official varsity champions after a season to remember.
“Offensively and defensively, we’re able to mix it up,” Benoit said. “We’re a dynamic team. If a team plays zone defense or person defense against us, we’re able to adapt and do whatever the moment calls for. And our girls are very mentally tough. They don’t worry about what happened in the past. They don’t worry about what’s going to happen in the future. They’re focused in the moment and they’re trying to play each point as hard as they can. And some of the most important things for us are not even Frisbee-related. We have a group of 18 girls who care so much about each other and who would do anything for each other. Everyone on our team trusts one another. To be able to have that on the field and off the field is so important for our success.”