KENT, Ohio (WOIO) – A womens field hockey game played out to 70 minutes only to end with a no contest result because of a scheduling conflict.
Saturdays field hockey match between the University of Maine at Orono and Temple University was played at Kent State University.
There is no denying that college football and mens college basketball programs generate the most money for their respective establishments. Thats no excuse, however, to treat other sports and their athletes as dispensable and insignificant. Field hockey players wake up for early practices just like football players. They run and lift and go to study hall and miss time with family and friends in pursuit of excellence in their sport. Kent States disregard for their efforts during that match represents a culture problem within the NCAA that needs to be addressed. As of yet, the NCAA has been silent on the issue.
Womens field hockey match cut short to launch fireworks ahead of Kent State football game
According to the University of Maine, Kent State officials came onto Murphy-Mellis Field before the second overtime half and ended the game so that a planned fireworks demonstration could be displayed prior to the mens football game.
Kent State Determines Football Teams Pregame Fireworks More Important Than Overtime Field Hockey Game
Well… thats a new one. Todays game at @KentState has been declared a “no contest” after Kent State administration came onto the field prior to the second overtime half and called off the game to allow the noontime Kent football game to begin on time.
The circumstances that prevented the completion of our field hockey contest against Maine on Saturday are simply unacceptable and our student athletes and coaches deserved better, said Temple University Director of Athletics Dr. Patrick Kraft. Fairness and equality are essential in the mission of college sports and I am disappointed for the student athletes at Maine and Temple whose competition was not deemed worthy to finish.
Video: Temple University Reacts To Field Hockey Game Being Cut Short
Field hockey players blast decision to push them off field for football team
The decision to stop overtime play was per field guidelines as previously discussed, according to Kent State University field hockey officials.
We regret todays game had to be stopped during overtime play per field guidelines as previously discussed. We recognize the hard work and dedication of all student-athletes. The safety of our community, including student-athletes and visitors is always our first consideration.
Temple field hockey game at Kent State stopped before its over due to pregame football fireworks
Twitter users sounded off against the university, claiming it was a total lack of respect for the female athletes.
Kent State’s athletic director issued an apology, saying in part “In hindsight, a different decision should have been made to ultimately ensure the game reached its conclusion. We hold ourselves to a very high standard, and in this situation, we failed.”
@KentStAthletics Im going to have to start advising my female students to look elsewhere for college. Nice work.
The messege you sent to female student-athletes, young women, and girls was that their participation is only important if it does not compete with male sports or revenue. A disgraceful treatment of female athletes and your school should be sanctioned by the @NCAA
The National Field Hockey Coaches Association disputed Kent States claim that definitely stopping the game at a set time was discussed and said the move to end the match prematurely sends a terrible message to female student-athletes. (Read the FULL statement)
The game between the University of Maine and Temple University will go down as an exhibition and will not be reflected in the teams records.
Kent State Officials Stopped Field Hockey Game to Set off Pre-Football Fireworks
The game will be classified as an exhibition, affecting neither teams statistics or overall record. If more details reach us, well be sure to share them. The Black Bears will be in action tomorrow at 11:00 am against… Kent State. #BlackBearNation | #AEFH
The field hockey game will not count toward the two schools records, so at least no one will be screwed over statistically. But its nonetheless dumb that the game was called off after the first overtime; that was at around 10:45 a.m, according to Maine midfielder Riley Field. The Kennesaw State-Kent State football game didnt begin until noon. That shouldve given Maine and Temple time to play the second 10-minute overtime and, if needed, a penalty shootout.
In a statement released by the Kent State field hockey teams Twitter account a few hours after the game, the school said the decision to cancel was made with an eye to player and student safety:
It is our understanding that while both programs were made aware of the 10:30 a.m. stoppage of play via a May 2019 email, Kent State University failed to communicate the steps that would be taken should the 10:30 a.m. hard stop be reached. The NFHCA Office has reviewed the game contract and cannot find any reference to the 10:30 a.m. hard stop nor can we find any information regarding what would happen if the game was not completed prior to reaching the drop dead time.
While its an unspoken truth that colleges care more about football than any other sport, and especially about any womens sports, its not usually as clearly demonstrated as it was by Kent State.
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