As if this fall could have gotten any better for the Belfast Area High School field hockey team.

Two weeks removed from winning the coveted state Class B championship, three of the Lions’ top players were honored by the Maine Field Hockey Association, earning All-State distinction.

Seniors Brooklyn Curry and Britt Mellor, along with junior Julia Ward, each fit the bill and are three of about 60 players from throughout the state to earn the prestigious honor.

“All three provided leadership during practices, timeouts, [and] halftimes,” said veteran Belfast coach Allen Holmes. “They were all offering positive comments and then went out and performed to a high level. Those three never gave up and they didn’t let too much bother them.”

The veteran coach said, “They were the epitome of the adage ‘luck is interlaced with effort.’ “

Curry, a defender, notched seven goals and had two assists on the season. She also was 2-of-3 on penalty strokes and had seven defensive clears on the year.

Mellor, a defender, had four goals and an assist on the season, was 2-of-2 on penalty strokes and had five defensive clears on the year.

Ward, a goalie, played well in the regular season and stepped her game up in the postseason, allowing only two goals through four playoff games. Ward allowed eight goals all year, sported a goals-against average of .444, saving 65-of-73 shots with an .890 save percentage.

Ward split time in the cage during the regular season with a teammate, with each goalie typically playing one half before Ward was given the full-time job for the postseason.

All three Lions — Curry, Mellor and Ward — had significant roles throughout BAHS’ state title run. Ward elevated her game in the postseason and made many sensational saves in high-pressure situations, while Curry and Mellor each scored goals in Belfast’s 2-1 win over Western Class B titlist York in the state championship.

In the Eastern Class B tournament, No. 3 Belfast defeated No. 6 Foxcroft Academy of Dover-Foxcroft 1-0 in the quarterfinals after 20 rounds of penalty corners, upended No. 2 John Bapst of Bangor 2-1 in the semifinals before knocking off unbeaten, top-seeded Nokomis of Newport in the regional final 1-0 in double-overtime leading to the state finals.

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