One of Waldo County's most storied high school athletic rivalries was renewed Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 9 as the Belfast and Mount View field hockey teams squared off to conclude their regular seasons.

While the defending state champion Lions sat atop the Eastern Class B standings heading into Tuesday's game — and essentially nothing to lose other than bragging rights to one of their toughest rivals — the Mustangs, for the second straight regular-season finale, looked to knock off Belfast and gain valuable tournament points in the process.

In the end, both squads brought out the best in one another and nothing was resolved with the game ending in a 1-1 tie after two 30-minute halves and two eight-minute overtimes.

Kelsey Grass scored for Belfast (11-1-2), off an assist from Katrina Lapham, while Lauren Richards scored for Mount View (10-3-1), off an assist from Braley Leadbetter.

Abbie Charrier made five saves in the cage for Mount View, while Julia Ward made 14 stops in goal for Belfast. The Mustangs held a 16-6 edge in shots and an 11-6 advantage in penalty corners.

"I thought they played great," said veteran Mount View coach Gloria Hewett of her student-athletes. "I thought it was a great game for both teams. My goalie played one of the best games I've seen her play and she turned in a great game today. She stopped some good shots on goal [and] my [midfielders] played very well today."

Hewett said her backs, Abby Stubbs and Brittany Moody, played well on the defensive side of the ball as well.

"I didn't have a weak player on the field today," she said. "They all played well."

The teams battled back and forth throughout the first half before the Lions finally struck with 10:22 remaining, as Lapham put a shot on goal from just inside the 25-yard line, and the ball bounded through a host of players and onto the stick of Grass, who popped it past Charrier for the game's first score.

Mount View battled back to tie the score minutes later on a penalty corner, when Leadbetter got the ball to Richards in front of the cage off the insert, and Richards beat Ward with 3:03 remaining.

The squads went scoreless through the final 49:03, with both defenses digging in their heels. Both teams received sensational goalie play from Ward and Charrier, both coming up with crucial saves to keep their respective squads in the game.

"Both goalies, I thought, came up big for their teams today," said Belfast coach Allen Holmes, now in his 40th season leading the Lions. "I was happy with the pressure we put on. We didn't start the game as well as I'd liked. I don't know. I can't figure it out. We had a good practice last night and I thought everyone was all set, but you never know. It's senior day [and] sometimes emotions come into play."

The Lions are set to participate in a Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference championship game with a bit of a twist this season, as the top-seeded team in the league's Class B division will face the top-seeded team in KVAC Class A.

Thus, Class B Belfast will face Class A Skowhegan for the league title on Thursday, Oct. 11 at Thomas College in Waterville, time to be determined.

Belfast won the state Class B championship last year, while Skowhegan has won the state Class A title 10 of the past 11 seasons. In the past, the league's top two Class A squads faced off, as did the top two Class B teams, for KVAC supremacy. But that format has changed.

The Eastern Class B tournament will begin on Tuesday, Oct. 16.

In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Belfast (11-1-2, 129.0944 points) is first, while Mount View (10-3-1, 95.4847 points) is fifth in the 14-team region. The top nine teams qualify for the playoffs. It appears those are the spots the two teams will stay in for the upcoming regional playoffs.

Courier Publications Associate Sports Director Mark Haskell can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email at mhaskell@courierpublicationsllc.com.