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Oct. 3, 2019 — A national first

This evening, shortly before 8 p.m. Eastern time, the field hockey teams from Towson University and Miami University of Ohio will parade behind the umpires assigned to the game and walk onto the pitch, their turf shoes squeaking from the wet turf.

But the location of that wet turf is the story this evening.

Instead of the game being played in Ohio or Maryland, this non-conference match is being played at Finnegan Field, the home ground of Houston St. John’s (Tex.). Finnigan is one of only four or five water-based turf pitches on the campuses of U.S. secondary schools.

The game is a first; it is the first NCAA-sanctioned field hockey match to take place in the Lone Star State, and, as such, is one of a number of enormous developments this decade in field hockey across Texas. This site four years ago saw that there were some amazing growth opportunities thanks to people who had moved to the state.

In addition, Kelsey Bing, the former St. John’s star U-19 player, is likely going to be the starting goalie for the United States early next month as the Applebees chase an Olympic berth in a two-game series against India.

But there’s one development in Texas scholastic field hockey that could have an even bigger impact. Lamar High School, the public baccalaureate school located right on St. John’s doorstep, has formed a field hockey team.

Though Houston has an enormous public school system, what might this one team represent? We’ll see.