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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.


1 Comment»

  Cris Maloney wrote @

Playing (or not playing) in college should not be at as the only outlet for remaining in the sport. Recommend that the players begin learning how to umpire and that they start an official indoor hockey club — the 17 players could make up two teams in a local league of other college clubs.

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