Congratulations to the Lady Huskies of Bloomsburg on defending their Division II field hockey title, their fifth in the last six years, by defeating UMass-Lowell 5-2 this afternoon. Junior Jamie Vanartsdalen scored two goals to cap a DII record-setting year in which she scored 35 goals, added 19 assists, and was named Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference field hockey athlete of the year. This also marks the fourteenth national title in field hockey for head coach Jan Hutchinson.
Bloomsburg also posts a 73% graduation rate in women's sports other than basketball, cross country, and track. Their final four rivals post similar numbers. Defeated finalist UMass-Lowell posts a 79% graduation rate, with semi-finalists Indiana (PA) and Bentley coming it at 63% and 93% respectively. Once again, there is clear evidence that academic and on-field success are not mutally exclusive. Many congratulations to all of the fine STUDENT-athletes who participated.