The Bombers field hockey team said goodbye to grass with a 2-1 win over Utica in their final game on Ithaca’s Yavits Field in early October. They finished their season on artificial turf in Higgins Stadium, part of the Athletics and Events Center. The switch to turf speeds up the game, upping the intensity and competition. It’s also encouraged more prospective players who are used to playing on synthetic fields to look at IC’s field hockey program. In addition to attracting new recruits, the team benefitted from being able to hone new skills that aren’t an option on grass. In the past, they’d practice at Cornell to prepare for away games on turf. The players and head coach Tracey Houk are especially excited by the change of venue. “We’re ready to transition into a new era of field hockey,” says Houk. “We’re looking forward to taking our team onto that field and creating some great opportunities.”
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