Hat trick leads Bloomsburg to third straight title
The Bloomsburg Huskies kept their national trophy collection growing with a 6-2 victory over Massachusetts-Lowell in the Division II Field Hockey Championship game November 16.
Jamie Vanartsdalen registered a hat trick and picked up an assist in the final to lead Bloomsburg to its third consecutive national title and 12th overall. Bloomsburg, which hosted the event, scored three goals in the first 5:33 of the game to take control.
“Getting those three goals right away was a great start,” said Bloomsburg coach Jan Hutchinson whose team has won six of the past seven Division II field hockey crowns.
Vanartsdalen scored the first goal of the championship game 1:20 into the game.
Maggey Bloskey, who had a hat trick in her team’s 3-2 overtime win over Shippensburg in the semifinals, made it a two-goal lead by scoring on a rebound 55 seconds later. Massachusetts-Lowell goalie Amy Carbon had saved a penalty corner by Varnartsdalen but couldn’t control the rebound to Bloskey.
Vanartsdalen then scored unassisted a little over two minutes later to put the River Hawks in a huge hole.
Missy Seeley helped her club regain momentum by scoring a goal at the 8:49 mark. She then picked up an assist on a goal by Jaci Moulton to make it a one-goal deficit at halftime.
“I thought we did lose our focus a little bit giving up those two scores,” said Hutchinson, whose team finished 23-1. “At halftime, we talked about going back to what got us the big lead, and that was our speed and pressure.”
The River Hawks, the national runner-up in 2007, felt confident at the intermission after weathering the early onslaught by the Huskies.
“The way we bounced back with two goals to make it a game showed a lot about our team’s character,” said Massachusetts-Lowell coach Shannon Hlebichuk. “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.”
Bloomsburg came out aggressive and reclaimed control of the match when Vanartsdalen fed Ashley Miller for a goal 35 seconds into the second half. Vanartsdalen added her third goal of the game 15 minutes later.
Chelsea Due ended the scoring at the 64:31 mark.
“When we scored that goal 35 seconds into the second half, that helped us regain our focus,” said Bloomsburg senior Samantha Kropa, who had two assists in the final. “We had to make adjustments in what we wanted to do and how we wanted to do it.”
While Bloomsburg has won many titles, this one was special for the seniors because they were able to wrap up this title on their home field.
“It was great that all of our fans were able to see us,” said Vanartsdalen, who had 40 goals and 22 assists on the season. “We had a lot of support for our fans. They can't always follow us to other locations so to win one at home was a great feeling.”
Shippensburg 1 1 0 2
Bloomsburg 1 1 1 3
|First half: B – Maggey Bloskey||
Second half: S – Dani Haas (Carolyn Swift), 47:09; B – Bloskey (Jaime Vanartsdalen), 61:43.
Overtime: B – Bloskey (Due) 82:27.
Shots: Shippensburg 6, Bloomsburg 16. Goalkeeper saves: Shippensburg (Amanda Houser) 4; Bloomsburg (Allison Ziants) 1. Penalty corners: Shippensburg 5, Bloomsburg 15.
Mass.-Lowell 2 1 3
Bentley 1 1 2
First half: ML – Sammy Macy (Michelle Harrington) 13:25; ML – Katie Enaire (Molly Clay), 19:21; B – Courtney Bartlett (unassisted), 29:55.
Second half: ML – Macy (Jamie Hadley), 39:46; B – Bartlett (Jenna Panzone), 48:06.
Shots: Mass.-Lowell 13, Bentley 6. Goalkeeper saves: Mass.-Lowell (Amy Carbon) 2, Bentley (Alyssa Sliney) 3. Penalty corners: Mass.-Lowell 16, Bentley 7.
Mass.-Lowell 2 0 2
Bloomsburg 3 3 6
First half: B – Jamie Vanartsdalen (Samantha Kropa) 1:20; B -- Maggey Bloskey (unassisted) 2:15; B – Vanartsdalen (unassisted) 5:33; ML – Missy Seeley (Molly Clay) 8:49; ML – Jaci Moulton (Seeley) 33:33.
Second half: B – Ashley Miller (Vanartsdalen) 35:36; B – Vanartsdalen (unassisted) 50:50; B – Chelsea Due (Kropa) 64:31.
Shots: Mass.-Lowell 5, Bloomsburg 19. Goalkeeper saves: Mass.-Lowell (Amy Carbon 7, Danielle Dodier 1) 8, Bloomsburg (Allison Ziants) 1. Penalty corners: Mass.-Lowell 6, Bloomsburg 18.
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