College field hockey team facing unsatisfactory field changes
Athletics on Colby’s campus is a large part of student life whether students are on a sports team or not. The level of play at which Colby holds its athletics is consistently growing with the addition of new highly qualified coaches in multiple sports (women’s field hockey, women’s basketball, women’s hockey, and men’s lacrosse just to name a few) while also promising a new athletic center and fields to further Colby’s competitiveness in the NESCAC. However, the building of the new athletic facilities will have a paradoxical effect on women’s field hockey. Colby Athletics is to remove the new 2-year-old AstroTurf for construction of the new athletic center, demoting CFH (Colby field hockey) to playing on field turf. The Morning Sentinel reported the construction of three new fields on 19 acres behind the current athletic center including a grass field for soccer, a practice field for intramural and soccer, and an artificial turf for men’s lacrosse, women’s lacrosse, and women’s field hockey. This will set back the field hockey program’s performance and recruiting significantly and without question.