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Sept. 12, 2017 — Another salvo in a friendly “turf war”

This past Friday, Greenwich Sacred Heart (Conn.) rededicated a pair of turf pitches located behind the school which were originally built in 2006.

But both pitches are now radically different from each other. One is meant primarily as a lacrosse field, and has a rubber-crumb turf surface as before.

The other carpet, painted blue, is a water-based turf pitch with built-in cannons, constructed to FIH standards. It is only the fourth U.S. secondary school to have such a facility, following on Houston St. John’s (Tex.), Norfolk (Va.) Academy, and St. Louis Villa Duchesne (Mo.).

It’s an exciting development not only for field hockey, but for field hockey in the states of Connecticut and New York. There are a number of public schools, FAA teams, and clubs just aching to get their chance to play on the wet turf.

I have a feeling this turf is going to be a true mecca of the sport, given the powerhouse teams in the region.