January 23, 2009

Ochs and Vanartsdalen Named to PSAC Fall Top 10 Team

BLOOMSBURG-- Two Bloomsburg University student-athletes have been named to the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Fall Top 10 team.

Honored for their work both academically and athletically were Jon Ochs(Wind Gap/Nazareth) and Jamie Vanartsdalen (Huntington Valley/Lower Moreland).

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Jamie Vanartsdalen
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Jon Ochs

The PSAC Top 10 Awards, which are selected by the PSAC's sports information directors, recognize student-athletes who excel in both the classroom and in the area of competition.

For Ochs, a member of the Huskies football team that reached the national quarterfinals, the honor is the latest in a string of post-season honors for the senior defensive lineman. Ochs has already been named a first team 2008 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA); was first team All-PSAC East; was named to the first team of 2008 Daktronics Division II All-Super One Regional team; was a finalist for the Gene Upshaw Lineman of the Year Award and was selected to the play in the Cactus Bowl, a Division II senior all-star game.

On the field, Ochs led the entire PSAC in sacks with eight for losses of 67 yards and tied for second in tackles for loss with 17.5 for losses of 88 yards. Overall he made 49 total tackles, 35 of them solo, and forced five fumbles and recovered one other. A 2008 co-captain, Ochs was named PSAC East Defensive Player of the Week for September 13th after his standout performance during Bloomsburg's 24-0 shutout against Mercyhurst College. During the game, Ochs had six solo tackles, four of which were tackles for loss and three of which were sacks. His four tackles for loss totaled 34 yards and his three sacks resulted in 32 yards lost.

Ochs is a first year graduate student studying Business Administration and has a GPA of 3.89 at Bloomsburg and 4.0 as a graduate student.

Vanartsdalen, a member of the Huskies Division II national champion field hockey team, finished her career by repeating as the NCAA Division II Player of the Year. In 2008 she topped her record-setting 2007 season by scoring a Division II record 40 goals and assisting on 22 others. She became the first player in Division II history to top 100 points in a season as she finished with 102. At the NCAA final four Vanartsdalen assisted on one goal in the semifinals, then ended her career with three goals and one assist in the Huskies 6-2 win over UMass-Lowell for the national championship. She is a three-time first team All-American and was the 2007 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) and 2008 PSAC Eastern Division Player of the Year.

During the year Vanartsdalen scored three goals in a game five times during the year; had only three games where she did not score at all and had at least one point in each game during the year. For her career, Vanartsdalen scored an NCAA Division II record 120 goals, was second all-time in assists with 58 and scored a D-II record 298 total points. Her 120 goals are sixth best all-time in NCAA field hockey history regardless of Division, while her 298 points were fourth best all-time in NCAA history.

Vanartsdalen, a finalist for the Division II Women's Athlete of the Year, is an exercise science major at Bloomsburg with a 3.49 GPA.