Bloomsburg Field Hockey
December 5, 2007

Jamie Vanartsdalen Nominated for Women Sports Award


BLOOMSBURG-- Bloomsburg University's Jamie Vanartsdalen (Huntingdon Valley/Lower Moreland) has nominated by the Board of the Collegiate Women Sports Awards as a candidate for the 2007-08 Division II Athlete of the Year representing field hockey. By being named as the nominee for this award from field hockey, Vanartsdalen is considered the Division II Player of the Year.

Vanartsdalen, a junior, led the Huskies to the NCAA Division II national championship with what can be called the best season ever for a Division II field hockey player. On the year, she set school, conference and Division II records for points in a season with 89; goals with 35 and established a school and conference record with 19 assists. All three of her totals led Division II along with her 3.56 points per game.

For her play this season, Vanartsdalen was named the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Player of the Year and was named first team All-PSAC. She was also named first team All-American by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association and was named the WomensFieldHockey.com Player of the Year.

Vanartsdalen, a three-time All-American, will enter her senior season in 2008 with 196 points, a Bloomsburg and PSAC career record and 11 points of setting a new Division II record. Her 80 career goals are just two shy of the Bloomsburg career mark and just 13 shy of the Division II all-time record. Her 36 career assists ranks seventh best all-time in Division II history.

Divisions II and III athletes are nominated by national coaches associations for each of the 11 sports: basketball, cross country, field hockey, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, track and field and volleyball.

The awards program is sponsored by American Honda Motor Co., Inc. and to celebrate these awards American Honda Motor Co., Inc. donates $1,000 to the women's athletic fund of each Honda Sports Award nominee's university and each Division II and III nominee's university. The Division II and III winner's institutions, along with the Honda-Broderick Cup and the Inspiration Award recipients' schools receive $5,000 each.

A press conference will be held June 23, 2008 at Columbia University in New York City to announce and present The Divisions II and III Athletes of the Year along with the recipients of the Honda-Broderick Cup, the Honda Inspiration Award.