USA Field Hockey Statement on Kent State University Hosted NCAA Match

Sept. 10, 2019, 9:28 p.m. (ET)

The unfortunate abrupt cancellation of the University of Maine versus Temple University NCAA Division I field hockey match played at Kent State University on Saturday, September 7 has caused great concern within our sport. The appearance is that the student-athletes playing field hockey were not given the appropriate opportunity to complete their game due to circumstances around the start of the football pre-game fireworks and competition to follow.

As the National Governing Body for the sport of field hockey, we at USA Field Hockey are passionate that all who participate in this sport are given a fair opportunity to compete. Not allowing the teams to continue the contest following a single overtime and scoreless game hinders that chance and diminishes acceptance of field hockey. As we continue to grow this sport in the United States, this situation makes it even more difficult to empower our athletes and field hockey community. We take pride in our representation of the sport at the collegiate level and rely on it for the furthering our success on the national and international stage.

We at USA Field Hockey applaud both the University of Maine and Temple University for their handling of the situation and will continue to support the idea that all student-athletes have equal access to the right to compete.

Kind regards,

Simon Hoskins
USA Field Hockey’s Executive Director