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BULLETIN: Nov. 17, 2020 — A second collegiate league decides to not play this spring

Five days ago, we outlined the fact that the Ivy League will not only be putting the kibosh on winter sports, but has also announced that any fall sports which has been put on hold this year would not be made up in the spring.

Today, the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference decided to do the same. The PSAC is heavily influential in field hockey circles as it is one of only two conferences with an Automatic Qualifier (AQ) slot for the NCAA Division II Tournament.

The PSAC is also a huge chunk of Division II, as 11 field hockey teams make up a big chunk of the 26 member schools in the sport.

Of those 26 are a number of past champions such as Bloomsburg, West Chester, Millersville, and Shippensburg. In fact, PSAC teams have won the last nine consecutive national championships in Division II, and 27 out of 31 NCAA tournaments at the Division II level contested since 1981.

Given the current Covid-19 curve, especially in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, this is not a good sign.

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