KENT, OHIO – Maine’s game against Temple at Kent State was at the half of overtime, when Kent State officials barred them from finishing the game.
Social media reports from the game, including those from team member Riley Field, state the game was stopped so Kent State could test fireworks that were part of the pregame for the Flashes’ football game against Kennesaw State. That football game was set to begin around a half hour after the field hockey game was stopped.
Many local and national sports writers and commentators lamented the situation on social media, seemingly unhappy with Kent State’s decision to value one sport over another.
UMaine athletic director Ken Ralph offered the following statement on the situation: “Prior to the contest we were made aware of timing issues regarding pre-game football activities. While we would have greatly appreciated the opportunity to play the final 10 minutes of our contest, the KSU administration made the decision they felt was most appropriate.”
Kent State director of Athletics Marketing and Communications Strategy, Matt Papatheodorou, said of the decision, “we regret today’s 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. We have no further comment beyond our statement.”
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