Kent Ends Season with 3-2 Loss to Iowa in NCAA Tournament

Updated 11/13/1999
IOWA CITY, Iowa - (Nov. 13) The Kent State University field hockey team (17-6) ended its 1999 season with a thrilling 3-2 loss to the University of Iowa Nov. 13 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

The Golden Flashes, ranked 14th in the country, lost to the host Hawkeyes, ranked fourth, on a goal with 2:34 remaining in the contest.

Kent held a 1-0 halftime lead thanks to a Helen Jerdan (Glasgow, Scotland) with 23:14 left in the first stanza. She scored on a penalty corner and was assisted by Maggie Downey (St. Louis, Mo./St. Joseph Academy) and Inge Corten (Nijmegen, The Netherlands). Goalkeeper Janelle Lynch (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) saved a penalty stroke and stopped an Iowa two-on-zero breakaway to keep the Hawkeyes off the scoreboard in the first half.

Iowa scored two unassisted goals in the first 15:30 of the second half to take a 2-1 lead. Corten then evened the score with an unassisted goal at the 5:08 mark.

It looked like Kent would force overtime when Lynch saved another penalty stroke, this time just seconds after Corten's score. However, Iowa's pressure earned the team a goal with less then three minutes remaining in regulation to earn the victory.

Kent stayed close to the Hawkeyes despite being outshot 36-4 and gaining just three corners to Iowa's 13.

The Flashes ended the season with a 17-6 record, earning a share of the Mid-American Conference (MAC) regular-season title, winning their second consecutive MAC Tournament and advancing to the NCAA Tournament.

Kent 1+1=2
Iowa 0+3=3

Kent 23:14 (1), Helen Jerdan (Maggie Downey, Inge Corten)
Iowa 26:39 (2), Lesley Irvine
Iowa 19:36 (2), Kelly Doran
Kent 5:08 (2), Inge Corten
Iowa 2:34 (2), Lesley Irvine (Tiffany Fodera)

Team (Player), Minutes, Saves, Goals, Save Pct.
Kent (Janelle Lynch), 70:00, 16, 3, .842
Iowa (Kelly Druly), 70:00, 0, 2, .000

Kent, 4, 3, 0, 0-0
Iowa 36, 13, 0, 0-2