SPARTA, NJ- The Sparta High School field hockey team played their first official home games on the new turf field ealier this month. With three consecutive wins over high-ranking teams High Point, Chatham, and Jefferson, things could not be looking better.
Unlike other sports played on the new field, the surface of grass versus artificial turf makes a significant difference in the speed of play and range of ability during a field hockey game. Because a field hockey ball is heavy and drags along the ground, a smoother surface with less resistance allows for players to carry the ball faster and for longer periods of time. This same lack of resistance also allows for certain maneuvers, such as the backhanded or “reverse sweep” to be executed.
“The turf field really allows us to play to our best ability,” senior defender and four-year varsity letter winner Kenzie Merwin said. “We’re able to have much faster gameplay. It definitely makes a huge difference.”
The Spartans are set to finish out their week with three more games, facing off against Pope John, and Lenape Valley. Their first HWS game is scheduled for this coming Saturday. Their record is 5-3.