October 30, 2009
Bloomsburg Field Hockey Advances to Finals of PSAC Championships
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BLOOMSBURG- The Bloomsburg University field hockey team advanced to the finals of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) championships with a 7-0 win over Mercyhurst on Friday afternoon. The Huskies will face the winner of the Shippensburg-Kutztown game - played Friday evening - on Saturday at Robb Sports Complex at Shippensburg University.
The Huskies (19-1) began their scoring at the 8:33 mark in the first half when senior Breanne Tobin (Perkasie/Pennridge) took a pass from junior Julia Rush (Quakertown/Quakertown) and found the back of the net. Sophomore Amanda Riley (Tannersville/Pocono Mountain East), the second leading goal-scorer in the nation, put one past the goalie less than six minutes later to give the Huskies a 2-0 advantage. Senior Maggey Bloskey (Danville/Danville) gave Bloomsburg a 3-0 lead 3:37 before the half when she scored off an assist from Riley.
Bloomsburg kept the momentum going one minute into the second stanza when junior Amanda Deloy (Milton, DE/Cape Henlopen) got into the action when she found the back of the cage, putting the Huskies up 4-0. Bloskey hooked up with Riley for the second time of the game just 5:24 later, giving Bloomsburg a five-goal lead. At the 50:57 mark, freshman Alexis Weber (Bear, DE/William Penn) put the Huskies up by six with a goal of her own. Riley would put the finishing touches on the victory with her second goal of the game at the 69:46 mark on an assist from freshman Lauren McGinley (Wilkes-Barre/Coughlin).
The Huskies held a 22-6 advantage in shots and a 7-4 advantage in penalty corners. Senior Caitlin Koczynsksi (Yardley/Neshaminy) and freshman Meghan Hollenbach (Blandon/Fleetwood) each spent time in goal, recording a save apiece in the shutout.
Prior to the game, Steve Murray, PSAC commissioner, presented head coach Jan Hutchinson with a plaque acknowledging her as the winningest coach in conference history. In her 31-plus years as Bloomsburg's coach, Hutchinson has amassed 588 victories and is in search of her 16th conference title and national championship.