Mac Eliminates Conference Tournaments For Eight Sports..Including Five Women’s Sports

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Anna Steps gets by a Lehigh defender

You will remember last season when the Kent State administration decided to end a Field Hockey game prematurely to have pre game football fireworks. Well, Kent State and its colleagues have decided to eliminate post season tournament games for the next FOUR YEARS, as a cost savings measure. The sports affected are Baseball, Softball, Mens and Women’s Soccer, Men’s and Women’s Tennis, Women’s Lacrosse, and Field Hockey. In case you’re counting since the MAC leadership hasn’t, that is a majority of women’s sports.

MAC members include Miami of Ohio, Kent State, Ohio University, Longwood, Ball State, App State,, and Central Michigan.

Overtime game with Syracuse

On another topic, the Michigan governor has stated that schools will most likely be closed this fall. So according to the NCAA if there are no students on campus there will be no sports. If that dictum holds there are number of field hockey playing schools  looking for opponents to fill their schedules.

On the positive side, last night the Pennsylvania Education Department said the schools will open in the fall. Given that Lafayette can provide protocols that meet state standards we should see our women on the turf this September. Who is on the schedule might be a more interesting question. Could we see Big Ten Schools, Penn State, Rutgers, Maryland added as close in opponents?? I hope so. We shall see how that develops.

NEW ANNOUNCEMENT

The College has announced the athletic awards (Pardees) originally scheduled for May 22  have been rescheduled for July 31 at 4 pm at the Williams Center, one day before commencement.  Is this another indication fall sports are a go!!  I think so! We’ll see what happens at the league level!!

I hope I am not being overly optimistic!!

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William Rappolt

I am past chairman of the Lafayette Friends of Field Hockey and a former BOT member at Lafayette College. My wife and I are members of the Board of Trustees for USA Field Hockey Foundation. I am the retired treasurer of M and T Bank Corporation and a 25 year fan of Division one field hockey

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