Dec. 11, 2008

SYRACUSE – Syracuse field hockey head coach Ange Bradley has been named the 2008 Dita/NFHCA Mideast Region Coach of the Year. Bradley guided Syracuse to SU’s first-ever No. 1 ranking and the first NCAA Championship semifinal appearance in school history. On Oct. 14, it was announced that for the first time in program history, the SU field hockey program was ranked No. 1 in the nation and became the first women’s team at Syracuse to ever reach No. 1 in a national poll. In addition, the Orange was crowned the BIG EAST Champions after defeating Connecticut in the title game on Nov. 9. Syracuse finished the 2008 season with a 22-2, 5-1 BIG EAST record and ranked No. 3 in the STX/NFHCA Division I Coaches Poll.   


Under Bradley’s guidance, SU finished the season ranked first in the nation in scoring average (4.77), goals per game (4.83), scoring margin (3.74), winning percentage (0.917), points per game (13.88) and assists per game (4.21). On the defensive side, the Orange ranked second in the nation in goals against average (1.03) and tallied six shutouts on the year. The Orange also posted a 0.781 save percentage to rank sixth-best in the nation.


The 2008 Dita/NFHCA Division I National Coach of the Year will be announced at the NFHCA Coaches Luncheon to be held on Jan. 16 in Philadelphia.