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Final Four Wrap Up

This is always a special time of year for field hockey and fans of the sport because of the excitement surrounding the Final Four. The lead up to the tournament is always riveting and nerve wracking, but nonetheless we always crown a champion by the end of November. 
This year was filled with excitement, surprise and of course, great hockey. We had a couple of firsts in the field hockey world. This season marked the first time Syracuse University had ever played in a National Championship game in the sport of field hockey. This was also the first time UConn had ever one two National Titles in a row, not to mention a first National title for Millersville University.
As mentioned, in Division II we had Millersville win their first ever National Championship as they defeated LIU Post. This was not only the first National Championship for the field hockey program at Millersville, but it was also the first title for a woman's sport at the university.

Congrats to the Huskies and Marauders on an incredible season and many more to come!
The UConn Huskies were at the top of the Big East for most of the 2014 season. They faced Kent State in the first round of the tournament and then moved on to a one loss Stanford team who played them tough, but ultimately fell 3-1 and put UConn into the Final Four for the second year in a row. The Huskies entered the Final Four and were immediately faced with the challenge of Albany University. Albany had just defeated the Maryland Terrapins in College Park, MD and were feeling confident as they made their first ever Final Four appearance. Although the match was close, the Huskies pushed through into the final where they would have to defeat an old rival in Syracuse. It was a low scoring match that went end to end, but only one goal was needed to lead the Huskies to their 4th NCAA National Championship, and second in a row. 
In Division III action, TCNJ won their 9th Championship under Coach Pfluger. This was also the schools 11th NCAA Division III National Championship. The Lions were able to finish the season with a 15 game winning streak and snapped Bowdoin's 55-game win streak as they defeated them 2-0 in the final. Although it was a year of firsts for the Division II athletes, it seems as though TCNJ continues to dominate Divison III field hockey as this was also their second championship in four years.
2014 was another awesome year for field hockey as it featured teams winning their first national title, but also universities winning their second title in only a few years. We are already looking forward to next season and all the excitement it can bring. Congrats again to all of the National Champions and best of luck next year as it starts all over again!