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Archive for January 23, 2018

Jan. 23, 2018 — Expansion and opportunity

This week, it was announced that Wagner College was going to put the pieces in place to begin an ascendancy into an NCAA Division I varsity program by the fall of 2019.

According to sources, the college will have a club program this coming fall before becoming the 80th member of Division I.

And it will also be the fifth new field hockey team in the greater New York metropolitan area since Columbia University started its program in 2004. Since then, LIU-Brooklyn, Adelphi, Pace, and Molloy have begun varsity play.

All of this brings up an interesting opportunity when it comes to one of the nation’s great population centers.

If you look at a map of New York, Wagner College is located on Staten Island, which is actually about six miles, straight as the crow flies, from Lower Manhattan. It is the southernmost place anybody is going to have a field hockey-specific surface (assuming the college installs one) in the Empire State.

What does this mean? Just ask about anyone in a New York public school who has had to play tournament field hockey the third week of November with an orange ball in the midst of a snowstorm.

Memo to the members of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association: you now have your assignment. Get to it.