April 5, 2000
Easton, Pa. - The Lafayette College field hockey team, fresh off its 1999 Patriot League Championship and NCAA Tournament appearance, will practice and play its home games on a state-of-the art AstroTurf field starting with the 2000 season. Construction of the new turf field at Metzgar Fields was made possible by an anonymous gift to the College, as announced today by Lafayette President Arthur J. Rothkopf.
The new field is being built for the field hockey program, and will feature AstroTurf XL12, AstroTurf Inc.'s most advanced product. This new home for Lafayette field hockey will not only be a premier field hockey field in the Patriot League, it will immediately be one of the best in the country.
"This is truly a special new aspect for the Lafayette field hockey program, and the timing could not be better as the team is coming off another Patriot League Championship and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament," said Rothkopf. "This new turf field provides Lafayette with the ability to host prestigious national and international events."
Construction will take place this summer and the project is scheduled to be completed prior to the 2000 season.
"The field hockey team desperately needs a turf field and just the knowledge of it being built will make an immediate impact to all aspects of the program especially in recruiting and skill level of our players," said Director of Athletics Dr. Eve Atkinson. "When field hockey is not utilizing the site, this state-of-the-art facility will allow for other sports to have beneficial practice time when grass fields are frozen or snow covered in late winter or too soft in early spring."
"The entire team and the coaching staff couldn't be more thrilled about this announcement," said Head Coach Ann Gold, whose career record stands at 225-119-23 (.644) in 18 seasons. "This is something that will help our program in every way - recruiting, scheduling, performance just to name a few. This is really a boost to team morale as well. We are all really looking forward to preseason practices in the Fall."
The Lafayette field hockey team is coming off its best season in school history, going 19-2 overall, including a 17-1 mark in the regular season and the first NCAA Tournament appearance in Lafayette and Patriot League history. The Leopards captured their second Patriot League Tournament title and sixth league championship overall. In the 10 seasons of Patriot League action, Lafayette has lost only eight regular season league games, compiling an astounding 40-8 (.833) record and eight regular season league championships.
The Leopards, led by returning Mideast Region All-American goalkeeper Amy Cohen, open the 2000 home schedule on Saturday, September 9 at 12:00 p.m. against Ursinus.