Bell, Flashes look to finish season strong at home

Senior forward Debbie Bell attempted to move the ball in Missouri State’s territory during Kent’s 3-1 loss on Oct. 16. Kent will finish its regular season by playing Ohio on Oct. 28 and Central Michigan on Oct. 29. Photo by Matt Hafley.

Nick Shook

Kent State’s field hockey team hasn’t experienced the traditional level of success that it had anticipated following a Mid-American Conference Tournament title in 2010. However, that has not deterred the enthusiasm of the Flashes, who head into the final weekend of the season with a 5-12 record and plenty to play for with the MAC Tournament just one week away.

The most decorated player in the history of Kent State field hockey, Debbie Bell, has had yet another outstanding regular season with 20 goals. Bell was named the MAC Offensive Player of the Week for the third time this season following a six goal performance versus Ball State and Miami. Bell is the all-time leading scorer in the history of Kent State field hockey, and ranks 11th all-time in the NCAA in goals scored.

“It was a great feeling, recording it and knowing that my name will be on Kent State for hopefully quite some time,” Bell said.

Bell has not only led the Flashes offense in 2011, but has also contributed to the development of her younger teammates, including freshman goalkeeper Jahna Jordan. Bell’s powerful shot has taught Jordan to be aware of the technical aspect of the game.

“I learned to be very careful,” Jordan said. “I’ve gotten so many bruises from her because I don’t have the right technique.”

Kent State will host Ohio on Friday at Murphy-Mellis Field. Game action is set to begin at noon.

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