While it had been about 10 weeks since they were together celebrating their state Class B championship, Belfast Area High School field hockey players and coaches again were unified Jan 18 in the school gymnasium to receive a fashion statement most student-athletes covet — namely their hard-earned state championship jackets.

In a presentation by athletic director Mark Babin, the Lions received their individual jackets commemorating their significant accomplishment, which brought the school its seventh state Class B field hockey crown under 39-year coach Allen Holmes.

Holmes said “people are still complimenting our accomplishment,” adding Jan. 17 he was at McDonald’s in Belfast and received a congratulations from a complete stranger.

“It was nice to have this all happen again,” he said. “They’re a great group of girls. I’ve said that all along and I’ve got no problem saying it again.”

“Everyone got along and did what they had to do and everyone contributed in their own special way.”

“It’s very exciting,” said senior captain Brooklyn Curry, who will attend Thomas College in Waterville in fall and play field hockey for the Terriers. “It’s still hard to believe that we actually won. We’re all so happy and we’re really proud to wear our jackets. It’s very exciting.”

The Lions sported a 14-1-3 overall record, earning the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Class B playoffs. The Lions got rid of pesky sixth-seeded Foxcroft Academy of Dover-Foxcroft 1-0 after 20 rounds of penalty corners, upended No. 2 John Bapst of Bangor 2-1 in the semifinals and picked up an exciting 1-0, double-overtime victory against Nokomis of Newport to claim the regional title.

Belfast then defeated Western Class B titlist York 2-1 Oct. 29 to win the state crown.

Holmes expressed gratitude to the individuals and businesses who contributed to pay for the jackets, including Mark Biscone at WCGH, Linda Drinkwater, Lee Woodward, Jeff Rauch, Joe Stearns, Eastside Garage, Damariscotta Bank and Trust, Holmes Greenhouse and Florist, Rollie’s Café, Belfast Variety, Belmont Self-Storage, Dutch Chevrolet, Camden National Bank, Robbins Lumber, Perry’s Quik Stop, Consumers Fuel, Duval’s Auto, KeyBank, Riposta’s Funeral Home and Phil Crosby.

The cost of the team’s jackets totaled $3,866.

Village NetMedia Associate Sports Director Mark Haskell can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email at mhaskell@villagesoup.com.