Bloomsburg Field Hockey
November 5, 2008

PSAC Names All-Conference Field Hockey Team

Jamie Vanartsdalen Samantha Kropa Chelsea Due Venessa Witman
Jamie Vanartsdalen
1st team/Athlete of Year
Samantha Kropa
1st team
Chelsea Due
1st team
Venessa Witman
1st team
Kelsy Kress Whitney Miller Allison Ziants
Kelsy Kress
2nd team
Whitney Miller
2nd team
Allison Ziants
2nd team

BLOOMSBURG-- Bloomsburg University's Jamie Vanartsdalen (Huntingdon Valley/Lower Moreland) was named the 2008 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Eastern Division Field Hockey Player of the Year. In addition, six of her teammates also earned All-PSAC East honors for the 2008 season. Named first team All-PSAC East were Vanartsdalen, Samantha Kropa (Tunkhannock/Lackawanna Trail), Chelsea Due (Pen Argyl/Pen Argyl), and Venessa Witman (Oley/Oley Valley), while Kelsy Kress (Littlestown/Littlestown), Whitney Miller (Lancaster/Penn Manor) and Allison Ziants (Winfield/Selinsgrove) were named second team All-PSAC East.

Vanartsdalen was last year's overall PSAC Player of the Year when there was just one division. This season she leads the team, conference and Division II in points with 4.18 per game, goals per game with a mark of 1.64 and assists per game with 0.91. For the season she has scored 37 goals and assisted on 20 goals with both marks being new school single-season records. She also earned the PSAC East Player of the Week award six times during the season.

For her career, the 2007 Division II National Player of the Year, has scored a Division II record 117 goals in her career to go along with 56 career assists for a Division II record 290 career points. Her 56 career assists are just three shy of tying the Division II all-time mark as the Huskies prepare to host the NCAA Division II national championship final four. Her 290 points rank her fifth all-time in NCAA field hockey history regardless of division.

Kropa, who has twice been a first team selection and twice a second team selection in her career, is second on the Huskies in scoring this season with 22 goals and 11 assists for 53 points. She ranked fifth in Division II in points per game with 2.41 and is sixth in goals per game with a mark of 0.96. For her career she ranks third all-time in school history with 70 goals and is tied for ninth in career assists with 24 and is third in career points with 164.

Due, who twice before has been named first team All-PSAC and was the 2006 PSAC Rookie of the Year, has been a standout in the midfield for the Huskies. her play ahs helped Bloomsburg limit opponents to just 115 shots on goal and just 89 corners for the entire season. Offensively she is strong on penalty corners and has contributed a career-high 12 goals to go with five assists.

Witman, who has previously earned a first and second team All-PSAC selection, is a leader on the Huskies defense that has limited opponents to just 16 goals scored this season. Witman has also contributed offensively for the Huskies with eight goals and one assist on the season. She is a perfect 4-4 in penalty stroke attempts.

Kress is a three-time second team All-PSAC choice as a midfielder for the Huskies. From her position, Kress is a key component of keeping the ball in the opponent's end of the field which limits the number of shots on goal for the opponents to less than one per game. Kress has also assisted on three goals this season.

Miller a first team All-PSAC choice in 2007, has also been stalwart on defense for Bloomsburg and continually drives the ball back into the opponents half of the field as a defender. Miller is also a key member of the Huskies penalty corner group and has scored twice and assisted on four other goals this season.

Ziants has earned her first All-PSAC selection. In goal this season she has posted a career-best goals against average of 0.89 with four shutouts. She has 50 saves and allowed just 14 goals in over 1,100 minutes of play. In the recently completed PSAC championship tournament, Ziants stopped eight shots in two games against the second and third ranked teams in the country (Shippensburg and IUP) and posted a shutout win in the title game.

Bloomsburg, 21-1, will serve as host of the 2008 NCAA Division II Field Hockey Final Four on Nov. 14 and 16.