STORRS, Conn. – The No.3 University of Connecticut field hockey team will kick off play in the 2014 NCAA Championship when it hosts Kent State, who advanced past Delaware in a play-in game, on Saturday, Nov. 15 at 11:30 a.m. ET at the George J. Sherman Family-Sports Complex.
The Huskies, who enter NCAA Tournament play with a 16-2 overall record, earned an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament by virtue of winning their 14th BIG EAST Tournament on Sunday in Providence. Connecticut was tabbed as the third overall seed in the national tournament.
The team is appearing in its 26th NCAA Tournament and owns an all-time mark of 33-22 in NCAA postseason action. Connecticut is 18-7 all-time in NCAA Tournament first round games. Connecticut has appeared in National Semifinals on 11 different occasions and has three national titles to its name (1981, 1985, 2013).
UConn has won 10 straight games, outscoring its opponents 46-13 over the stretch. The Husky offense has been stellar over the past month, turning in seven straight games with at least three goals while the defense has allowed just five multi-goal games this season.
Fans can purchase tickets at the ticketing standing located next to the bleachers on the press box side of the field starting one hour before game time. Admission prices will be $5 for adults and $3 for seniors and students.
Kent State and UConn have met on the pitch only once, with the Huskies emerging as the victors, 3-2, in the 1999 season. The Golden Flashes downed Delaware, 2-1, on Wednesday at Fred P. Rullo field in Newawk, Del.
The winner of Saturday’s game will face the winner of the Louisville/Stanford contest on Sunday, Nov. 16 with a berth to the NCAA National Semifinals on the line .