Bloomsburg Field Hockey
November 28, 2008

Vanartsdalen Named NCAA Division II Player of the Year

All-American Team Announced

Jamie Vanartsdalen Samantha Kropa Chelsea Due
Jamie Vanartsdalen
1st team/Player of the Year
Samantha Kropa
1st team
Chelsea Due
1st team
Maggey Bloskey Whitney Miller Venessa Witman
Maggey Bloskey
2nd team
Whitney Miller
1st team
Venessa Witman
2nd team

BLOOMSBURG-- Six members of the NCAA Division II national champion Bloomsburg University Huskies have been named 2008 All-Americans by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA). Named first team All-American were Jamie Vanartsdalen (Huntingdon Valley/Lower Moreland), Samantha Kropa (Tunmkhannock/Lackawanna Trail), Whitney Miller (Lancaster/Penn Manor) and Chelsea Due (Pen Argyl/Pen Argyl). Named second team All-American were Maggey Bloskey (Danville/Danville) and Venessa Witman (Oley/Olay Valley). In addition Vanartdalen was named the Honda Sports Award for Division II Athlete of the Year for Field Hockey, an honor that classifies her at the Division II Player of the Year.

A senior, Vanartsdalen, who was the 2007 Division II Player of the Year, topped last year's record setting year by scoring an NCAA D-II record 40 goals and assisting on 22 others in 2008. She became the first player in Division II history to ever top 100 points in a season as she finished with 102 this year. At the NCAA final four Vanartsdalen assisted on one goal in the semifinals, the ended her career with three goals and one assist in the Huskies 6-2 win over UMass-Lowell for the national championship. Her first team All-American award is the third time in her career she has been named to the first team.

Vanartsdalen, who was the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Eastern Division Player of the Year for the second time, scored three goals in a game five times during the year; had only three games where she did not score at all and had at least one point in each game during the year. For her career, Vanartsdalen scored an NCAA Division II record 120 goals, was second all-time in assists with 58 and scored a D-II record 298 total points. Her 120 goals are sixth best all-time in NCAA field hockey history regardless of Division, while her 298 points were fourth best all-time in NCAA history.

Kropa, a senior, earned first team All-American honors for the third time in her career and fourth time overall after being a second team selection last year. Kropa finished tied second on the Huskies in goals with 21, assists with 13 and in points with 55. A two-time All-PSAC first team selection and two-time All-PSAC second team choice, she finished her career with 70 goals and 26 assists for 166 points. Her 70 goals are third best in school history, while her 26 assists are tied for seventh and her 166 points are third best.

Miller, a senior, was a standout in the midfield for the Huskies and also a key member of the team's penalty corner group, As a midfielder she helped control play during each game and keeping the ball in the scoring end of the field for Bloomsburg. When it came to penalty corners, Miller, who was named first team All-American last year, scored twice and assisted on four other goals as Bloomsburg set an NCAA Division II record for goals in a season with 161.

Due, a junior, earned her second straight first team All-American honor in 2008. As a midfielder Due finished fourth on the Huskies in goals with 13 and assists with seven. In the NCAA tournament she assisted on three goals, including two in the semifinals, and scored once. Her play in the midfield was key throughout the season as she routinely kept the ball in the Huskies scoring end and also was a key figure on the team's penalty corner group. A former PSAC Rookie of the Year, Due is tied for 12th all-time in school history with 21 assists.

Bloskey, a junior, earns All-American honors for the first time in her career. She finished tied for second in goals with 21 and added three assists. Bloskey had a great post-season for the Huskies scoring five goals in four games. She scored once in the PSAC championship game, then scored all three of Bloomsburg's goals in the Huskies 3-2 overtime win against Shippensburg in the NCAA semifinals. She finished the year by scoring once in the NCAA championship game.

Witman, a senior, came back from an injury in 2007 to earn second team All-American honors for the second time in her career. Her stick work and tenacious defense made her a key part of the defense that allowed just 20 goals during the season. She also contributed offensively for the Huskies scoring eight goals and assisting on one other.

Bloomsburg posted a record of 23-1 on the year and won its third straight NCAA Division II title and sixth in the last seven years.