Rider to Host MAAC Field Hockey Championships

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Release: June 17, 2013
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College Field Hockey
Rider Awarded Bid to Host
MAAC Championships November 8-9

EDISON--The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference’s inaugural Field Hockey Championship will be held November 8-9, at Ben Cohen Field on the Rider University campus, it was announced today by MAAC Commissioner Richard J. Ensor, Esq.

Field hockey will begin play this fall in the MAAC, culminating in the championship at Rider that will bring together the league’s top four teams. Competing in MAAC Field Hockey will be Monmouth, Quinnipiac, Rider, Siena, as well as MAAC associate members Bryant, Robert Morris and Sacred Heart.

“As an institution, we are proud to once again host a conference championship event,” said Karin Torchia, Rider’s Associate Director of Athletics and Senior Women’s Administrator who is also chairperson of the MAAC Field Hockey League and a member of the NCAA Field Hockey committee.  “Through the hard work and commitment of our dedicated staff as well as multiple departments on campus, we look to continue to give the participating student-athletes a first class experience as they work toward the ultimate goal of an NCAA tournament berth.”

Rider is no stranger to hosting championship events, having teamed up with the MAAC to host the 2013 Baseball Championship at ARM & HAMMER Park in Trenton, New Jersey, the 2013 MAAC Outdoor Track & Field Championship as well as the last four NEC Field Hockey Championships.

In 2009, Rider hosted the MAAC Baseball Championships at then Waterfront Park and also teamed up with the MAAC to host the 2009 NCAA Wrestling Championships at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.

Ben Cohen Field is a state-of-the-art facility equipped with lights, which opened in September, 2010.

“We are happy that Rider has been selected to host the first ever MAAC Field Hockey Championships,” said head coach Lori Hussong.  "This is an exciting time for field hockey in the MAAC and we look forward to the challenge of securing a playoff spot in the fall.”

Entering her 14th season in 2013, Hussong has compiled a 184-77 record and enters this season seventh nationally among active Division I coaches with a .705 winning percentage.

Rider has won four regular season conference titles in a row, all in the Northeast Conference and the Broncs have advanced to three straight NCAA Play-In games after winning the NEC Championship in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

On the turf of Ben Cohen Field, Rider is 26-1 all-time including 6-0 in the playoffs.

In 2012, Rider won the NEC Title with a 3-2 win over Monmouth, advancing to the NCAA Play-In game at the University of Massachusetts before losing 2-1 in overtime.

In 2011, Rider jumped out to a 2-0 lead on Ben Cohen Field and held on for a 2-1 win over the Hawks and advanced to the NCAA-Play In at Princeton, losing 1-0 in double overtime.

In 2010, Rider capped off an undefeated season on the home turf, scoring with 3:01 left in regulation as the Broncs defeated Monmouth 1-0 in the NEC Title Game.  Rider went on to lose to the University at Albany 2-1 in the NCAA Play-In game.

Rider advanced to the four-team NEC playoffs in 13 straight seasons earning a spot in the title game 11 times while amassing six NEC Titles.

Rider returns 13 letterwinners and the Broncs open the 2013 regular season at Colgate on August 30.

The Broncs open the home schedule on September 20 against Towson and Rider opens conference play against Robert Morris on October 13.

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