Bloomsburg Field Hockey
November 16, 2008

Field Hockey Three-Peats with 6-2 Win in NCAA Finals!

Box Score

BLOOMSBURG --Jamie Vanartsdalen scored three goals and assisted on one other to lead the Bloomsburg University field hockey team to a 6-2 win over UMass-Lowell (UML) in the 2008 NCAA Division II Field Hockey championships. The title was the third straight for the Huskies and the sixth in the last seven years. It was also the 12th NCAA D-II title in school history and the 15th field hockey title overall.

The Huskies Raise the Hardware

The Huskies stormed out of the gate and dominated play in the first six minutes of action. Bloomsburg got on board first just 1:20 into the contest when Vanartsdalen took a pass from Samantha Kropa and scored to make it a 1-0 game. Less than a minute later, on a penalty corner, Vanartsdalen shot was saved by the River Hawks Amy Carbon. However, Maggey Bloskey was there to get the rebound and score to make it 2-0. The opening flurry continued three minutes later when Vanartsdalen scored on a rebound of a shot by Bloskey putting the Huskies in control.

The River Hawks, though, kept their composure and got on the board at the 8:49 mark when Missy Seeley scored from a Molly Clay assist off a penalty corner, the second of two consecutive corners for UML.

UML and the Huskies then fought for field position much of the next 25 minutes before the River Hawks cut the deficit to 3-2 late in the first half off a penalty corner. Jaci Moulton took a centering pass from Seeley and drilled it in to the back of the cage giving the visitors new life.

However, that would be as close as the River Hawks would get in the game. To start second half play Bloomsburg's Ashley Miller redirected a shot from Vanartsdalen just 35 seconds in the period to put the Huskies up 4-2. From there the Huskies midfield and defense prevented the River Hawks from getting off any shots in the second half.

Chelsea Due Shoots

The Huskies closed out the scoring with Vanartsdalen scoring at the 50 minute mark to make it 5-2 with Chelsea Due closing out the scoring with an assist from Kropa off a penalty corner.

Bloomsburg head coach Jan Hutchinson said the key to the game was the early scoring.

"Getting those three goals right away was a great start," said Hutchinson. "I thought we did lose our focus a little bit giving up those two scores, but at halftime we talked about going back to what got us the big lead and that was our speed and pressure."

UMass-Lowell coach Shannon Hlebichuk agreed the key to the game was the quick start for Bloomsburg.

"The first half spoke for itself, the way we bounced back with two goals to make it a game showed a lot about our team's character," said the UML coach. "We knew we were going to see a similar team from last year. We have some young players who are getting some minutes and we only start a couple of seniors, but they were tough. Obviously seeing what Bloomsburg did throughout the season you knew they could put the ball in then net with players like Jamie(Vanartsdalen) and Samantha (Kropa)."

Senior Samantha Kropa said after the first couple of goals the team lost focus.

"We got those goals so quickly and it felt great, but we did lose our focus for a little bit," said Kropa. "When we scored that goal 35 seconds into the second half that helped us regain our focus. We had to make adjustments inn what we wanted to do and how we wanted to do it. Vanartsdalen, who finished the year with 40 goals and 22 assists, was happy to win a title on the team's own field.

"I think it was great that all of our fans were able to see us," said Vanartsdalen. "We had a lot of support for our fans today. They can't always follow us to other locations so to win one at home was a great feeling."

Named to the All-Tourney team were Vanartsdalen, Kropa, Due and Whitney Miller from Bloomsburg; Seeley, Ashley Smith and Michelle Harrington from UML; Alyssa Sliney and Courtney Bartlett from Bentley and Kim Davies and Amanda Howser from Shippensburg.