Kent State to Host 2001 Field Hockey Championships

Updated 7/28/2000
KENT, Ohio -- Kent State University will be the host site for the 2001 NCAA Division I Field Hockey Championships, the NCAA office announced following its annual championships meeting June 26-27 in Chicago, Ill. The championships will take place Nov. 16 and 18 at Dix Stadium with the North/South All-Star Game being conducted Nov. 17.

This is the first national championship that Kent State has hosted since 1967, when the NCAA Wrestling Championships were held in Kent. This also is the first time a Mid-American Conference (MAC) school has hosted a national championship since 1992 when Ball State University hosted the men's volleyball championships. The University at Buffalo hosted the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in 1998, a year before joining the MAC.

"I'm very pleased and proud that Kent State University has been chosen to host the NCAA Field Hockey Championships," Kent State Director of Athletics Laing Kennedy said. "This is a tribute to our field hockey program and the facilities we can provide."

"I feel it is a part of the growth of field hockey in the Mid-American Conference and the Midwest," Kent State head coach Kerry De Vries said. "I think it's going to help Kent State field hockey tremendously in terms of experience and we hope to have Kent State field hockey develop into one of the contenders for the Final Four."

The NCAA Tournament was held in Boston, Mass., last year and will take place in Norfolk, Va., on the campus of Old Dominion University in 2000.

Kent State (17-6, 8-2 MAC) won its second straight MAC Tournament title and was the MAC regular-season co-champion in 1999. Kent State advanced to the NCAA Tournament, losing to the University of Iowa 3-2 in the first round.

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