"This is what growing the game of field hockey looks like. People going out on a limb, making the effort, and it becoming a huge success. A big THANK YOU to Miami University of Ohio and Towson University for a great game and event last night! The effort made to make this happen will have an impact on this field hockey community for a long time."
— Tina Edmonds, Owner and Coach, Texas Pride Field Hockey Club
Iñako Puza and EA Jackson, head coaches at Miami University and Towson University, pause for a photo pre-game.
"At Miami, we believe that anyone involved in athletics has a much bigger responsibility than just playing and getting results for the team. As field hockey ambassadors, we have the responsibility to help in the development and growth of our sport. It is impressive to see the growth and development of youth field hockey in Texas. High schools and clubs in the state have done their part. Nobody questions the level of field hockey talent that has come — and keeps coming — from Texas in the last 10 years. Now, it is time for universities and field hockey organizations to do their part. We must help to create an environment that increases the possibility of having collegiate field hockey in Texas in the near future. Towson and Miami are making a big statement by playing this game in Houston. We are expressing the interest of our community and we are saying "we want to come (and we will come) to Texas to play field hockey." We can give the large number of young field hockey players in the state the opportunity to play at home during their college careers. Nobody can question that adding field hockey to universities and colleges in Texas would propel the development and the growth of field hockey in the entire country. Miami is very happy to be part of this game and we can't wait to play under the lights against our good friends of Towson University. And I can announce that Miami will be back to Houston in 2020 for another NCAA game. I hope we can bring three teams next year and keep growing this event."
— Iñako Puzo, Head Coach, Miami University