D-II Field Hockey Championship Notebook: Past The Half-Century
Nov. 15, 2009
By DAN HICKLING
Special to NCAA.com
EASTON, Mass. -- Retiring Bloomsburg coach Jan Hutchinson on Sunday ended her 32-year field hockey career with a record of 591-75-20, and is one of only four NCAA field hockey coaches in any division to register 500 wins.
"Only nine wins to 600," said Hutchinson, Sunday, after the Huskies presented her with a 13th Division II championship. "Maybe I should stay." Hutchinson, who has also been Bloomsburg's softball coach for her entire stay at the school, will officially retire after the spring season. To date, she has 1,165 softball victories, most in Division II history, and is sixth on the NCAA's all-time list regardless of division.
Hutchinson has made a strong impact on countless numbers of players during her tenure. Among those is defender Aubrey Carman, one of seven seniors who have now won four championships under Hutchinson.
"She's a great coach," Carman said. "She's a very respectable person. She has all those wins, and that's why Bloomsburg has such a great reputation -- because of her coaching ability, her recruiting ability. She's someone to look up to. We all talk about one day, how we want to be a coach. We all hope to be half the coach she is."
Said Hutchinson, "If they love the game, I think they'll probably want to stay involved with it, as much as possible. As a matter of fact, there's a job opening at Bloomsburg."
GOING TO COACH: Coaching may also be in the future of UMass-Lowell's Jaci Moulton, who despite playing with a torn ACL, scored two crucial goals for Lowell in the national championship tournament. "My cousin's a varsity coach for (Narragansett High School), so she wants me to help her out," said Moulton, who is a Narragansett graduate.
MAYBE NEXT YEAR: Having had all three of her varsity seasons end in with a championship game loss to Bloomsburg, Lowell's Sammy Macy said she yearns for the chance to finish up on the winning end, next year. "Every year, it gives me even more motivation," said Macy, who led the Riverhawks with 25 goals. "Each and every year that goes by, we need redemption."
ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM: Four Huskies and three Riverhawks were among the 11 players named to the National Championship All-Tournament team. The list includes Lois Kaschenbach (senior, defender, Shippensburg), Kristina Taylor (sophomore, forward, Shippensburg), Jackie Ladino (senior, forward, Stonehill), Stephanie Kott (senior, midfielder, Stonehill), Maggey Bloskey (senior, forward, Bloomsburg), Amanda Riley (sophomore, forward, Bloomsburg), Brianne Tobin (senior, forward, Bloomsburg), Caitlin Koczynski (senior, goalie, Bloomsburg), Ashley Smith (senior, defender, Lowell), Jaci Moulton (senior, forward, Lowell), Sammy Macy (junior, forward, Lowell).
IN ATTENDANCE: The announced crowd for the final at Stonehill's W.B. Mason Stadium was 413.