After a historic spring season, the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Division 1 field hockey team, led by Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year, Stacey Bean, will be starting the fall season on brand-new, state-of-the-art turf. VCU is installing a top-of-the-line AstroTurf® system at Cary Street Field, demonstrating the school’s enduring support for its athletes by providing them with a winning athletic surface engineered for elite play.
Fast-playing and remarkably consistent, the new AstroTurf® installation uses a unique knitted nylon turf to ensure unmatched ball speed and durability. The AstroTurf® 12 system is the original AstroTurf® made for the sport, and it’s the preferred choice for field hockey at top schools nationwide, including Boston University, Stanford, Yale, Duke, and Princeton.
Ever since the game transitioned from natural grass to synthetic turf, every single NCAA Division 1 Final Four tournament has been played on an AstroTurf® Surface.
For the layer beneath the turf, VCU chose a 26 mm E-Layer, a premium shock pad made with a special polyurethane binder. This E-Layer offers outstanding shock absorbency and is totally solid underfoot. Combined with the knitted turf above, it acts as an ultra-safe, ultra-consistent playing field. Both the turf and the shock pad are highly porous, giving the Rams a safer surface in wet conditions.
“First and foremost, I’d like to thank the administration at VCU and the staff at AstroTurf for their work on this install,” Bean said. “We are excited to start the season on this new AstroTurf 12 pitch. It’s a fantastic product that will provide our players with a world class surface to train and compete on.”
AstroTurf has shown its unwavering commitment to the game over the years, supporting players at all levels through its involvement in USA Field Hockey, the National Field Hockey Coaches Association, and FIH. This new installation at Virginia Commonwealth University is one more proud step forward for the company.
VCU Field Hockey is the team to beat in the Atlantic Conference. The Rams finished the spring 2021 regular season with a perfect 7-0 record and won the Atlantic 10 Regular Season Championship for the first time in history. In June, Synapse Sports named Coach Stacey Bean the Synapse Coach of the Year, and several players won multiple accolades this year, including Maite Sturm (All-Atlantic 10 First Team, All-Championship Team, and Synapse Sports Second Team All-American), Janne Wetzel (Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Year, All-Atlantic 10 First Team, Atlantic 10 All-Championship Team, and Synapse Sports Second Team All-American), and Bridget McCormick (Synapse Sports All-Rookie All-American Team and Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year).
The new AstroTurf surface at Cary Street Field is a welcome upgrade for VCU Field Hockey, as well as other Division 1 and club sport athletes. Cary Street Field is home to VCU Women’s Lacrosse and is used by both club and intramural athletes.
“AstroTurf has long been a visionary and innovator in producing a surface that provides elite playability and tremendous durability,” added Bean. “The A12 product installed at Cary Street Field is a direct result of that vision and innovation.”
The Rams will play the first game of the fall season at home on August 27th against American University. Other home games for 2021 include matchups with William & Mary, ODU, Bellarmine, Saint Joseph’s, Georgetown, and Wake Forest.