RICHMOND, Va. – The preseason is still a few weeks away, but the members of the VCU field hockey program are dying to get back on the field at the corner of Harrison and Cary Street.
After a four-month long process, the new field surface at VCU's Cary Street Field was unveiled on Tuesday. The new surface is a water-based, nylon surface that is the ideal setting for field hockey. It replaces the old field turf surface that the Rams used to play on.
"We want our student-athletes to have the best experience possible when they come to VCU and this new surface certainly helps with that," Head Coach Laura Baker said. "In addition to being a tremendous recruiting piece, the new surface allows us to attract high level programs to VCU and allow our student-athletes the chance to compete against the best."
Last fall, the Rams posted the third-biggest turnaround in the country with a 13-6 record and a berth in the Atlantic 10 Tournament. VCU has now reached the conference tournament in two of the past three seasons.
VCU opens the 2013 home slate on September 13, when they host former CAA foe Towson in a 6 p.m. contest.