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Jan. 11, 2021 — A useful distraction in a (nearly) lost field hockey season

The folks at Field Hockey Corner have been engaging in an ambitious project to celebrate the 41st anniversary of the start of the national championship era of intercollegiate field hockey.

The project is not only a celebration of the best teams ever to compete for national championships in the AIAW and NCAA, but there is also a bracket competition which you can decide three ultimate winners in Division I, Division II, and Division III.

Now, there’s a lot of information to digest here. I may consider myself knowledgeable about field hockey, but am lost if I try to answer questions about the 1980 Southwest Missouri State team and whether this 29-win team could have beaten one of the Millersville title teams of recent vintage.

This project allows you to read up on the more than 200 field hockey teams that field hockey historian Chip Rogers and his research team have put forth as nominees in his three ultimate brackets. It’s a great thought experiment, one which should give you knowledge and perspective, and it may allow you to do some further research to find out what made each team great.