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March 12, 2018 — The latest in a long line

Davis & Elkins. Philadelphia University. Rhode Island. The University of Maryland at Baltimore County. Radford. Missouri State.

And today, Siena College, the small liberal-arts college in Loudonville, N.Y., announced that it was joining the aforelisted teams in shuttering its varsity field hockey team.

For a sport which has added teams in Brooklyn, Arkansas, and South Carolina over the last two decades, the erosion of field teams at the collegiate level has given the impression of a sport on a treadmill when it comes to growth.

Thing is, as far as I know, none of the teams that were jettisoned ever came back, even in this era of petitions and GoFundMe pages. And even after a momentary insurrection of the UMBC team back in 2007, there is currently no organized team that is part of the National Field Hockey League.

What we do know is that a 40-year tradition of women’s sports at Siena has been jettisoned.

And for the 17 student-athletes on the team and those who might have been considering the university, it’s one less outlet for the sport in this country.