Flashes knocked out of NCAA tournament with loss to No. 3 UConn

Ricky Salcer

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The attack from No.3 University of Connecticut was too much for Kent State (11-11) to overcome Saturday in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

The Huskies (17-2) scored five goals in the opening half and never looked back, ending Kent State’s historic 2014 campaign by a final score of 6-1.

Kent State field hockey coach Kathleen Wiler talked about how much it meant to her and the team to represent Kent State. 

“We are proud to have represented our Kent State family in the NCAA tournament,” Wiler said.

The Flashes began the season 2-7 but had a major turnaround, winning nine of their last 13 games. Wiler was very impressed with the improvement she saw throughout the season.

“I was impressed with their persistence and belief to achieve,” Wiler said.

Kent State will graduate six seniors who have etched their name into the school’s record books. This graduating class won the first NCAA Tournament game in program history and also leaves as two-time defending MAC Tournament champions and 2014 regular season champions.

When asked about next year, Wiler had a message to her team.

“We achieved a lot of our goals this season,” Wiler said. “We will refocus and set our sights high again as we always do.”

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