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Lafayette Dedicates Rappolt Field Before Impressive Victory Over Lehigh

October 20, 2001

EASTON, Pa. ( - Lafayette dedicated Rappolt Field, the College's new AstroTurf field at its 230-acre Metzgar athletic campus, prior to the Leopards' 4-0 field hockey victory over Lehigh. The facility, which also features bleachers, a scoreboard and lights, was made possible through donations from Lafayette trustee Bill Rappolt '67 and his wife, Pam.

"This is truly a special new aspect for the Lafayette field hockey program," said Lafayette president Arthur J. Rothkopf '55. "This new turf field provides Lafayette with the ability to host prestigious national and international events."

Rappolt also funded the Lafayette field hockey program's trip to Holland this past spring. The Leopards spent 10 days in Holland, playing four games and participating in a clinic where they learned from some of the best field hockey players in the world who have already mastered the game played on turf.

"Lafayette attracts outstanding student-athletes, but these women had an unfair disadvantage because they were still playing on grass," Rappolt said. "Bigger schools didn't want to play them because they all play on turf, and it is such a different game played on grass. Plus with an artificial surface, teams can train all year without having to worry about tearing up the field."

Lafayette's field hockey program has been extremely successful, capturing eight of the 11 Patriot League championships and earning a trip to the NCAA Tournament after clinching the conference title in 1999.