BANGOR – The Husson field hockey team may still have an opportunity to take the field in the upcoming school year, but it will not be this fall.
The New England Collegiate Conference announced Wednesday that its fall sports teams will not compete as normal when school resumes. Husson is only a member of the NECC for field hockey.
Wednesday’s announcement mentioned the possibility of a delayed spring field hockey season, meaning the Eagles may attempt to play in the spring with the rest of its conference opponents. The Commonweath Coast Conference, of which Husson football is a member, and the North Atlantic Conference, of which the majority of Husson’s varsity teams are members, have not made any formal announcement on the fall semester.
Husson Director of Athletics Frank Pergolizzi said Wednesday that potentially moving fall sports to the spring will create some logistical concerns, but could be worth it for the opportunity for the school’s student athletes to play.
“I think we’d like to see anything that gives the kids an opportunity to play…in the history of the NCAA moving fall sports to the spring has never happened before, so it’s kind of uncharted territory.”
While head coach Dianne Ramsey categorized Wednesday’s announcement as “disappointing,” adding that the decision gives her hope of a possible season in the spring of 2021.
Ramsey said she has athletes on her team that also play a spring sport, but those overlaps are something the team may have to deal with if it wants to play.
“It certainly brings a level of difficulty in making the decision, but at the same time, when I look back at what happened in the spring, it still gives the university and the conferences to provide something for the kids.”