Referee Collapses During Summit H.S. Boys Lacrosse Game, Listed in Critical Condition at Overlook Medical Center

The boys varsity lacrosse game between Summit and Cherry Creek at Investors Bank Field was canceled after the incident. Credits: Greg Elliott / TAPinto Summit File Photo

SUMMIT, NJ - Longtime lacrosse and amateur sports referee David W. Field, 58, collapsed during the first quarter of the Summit High School Boys boys Varsity Lacrosse game versus Cherry Creek, CO, at Investors Bank Field.

Field was transported to Overlook Medical Center where he is listed in critical condition. The game was halted with 55 seconds remaining in the first quarter when Field -- moving down the sideline near midfield -- appeared to stumble, then fall to the turf.

Field was immediately attended to by Summit High School athletic trainer Karen Manista, and multiple persons immediately called 9-1-1. Within minutes, the Summit Police

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Department and Emergency Medical Services personnel were on he scene, administering CPR and chest compression.

Several minutes later, Field was lifted into an ambulance, which had pulled onto the playing surface. The coaching staffs had sent the two teams to the locker room almost immediately after it appeared that Field was in significant distress. The game, which was tied 1-1 when the incident occurred, was canceled.

On April 2, Summit Superintendent of Schools June Chang, in an e-mail to parents, issued the following statement:

"On Friday afternoon, April 1st, a referee of the Summit boys lacrosse game suffered a stroke during the game at Tatlock Park. Emergency measures were provided on the field and he was taken to Overlook Hospital, where he remains. 

Although we do not have details on his condition at this time, the Summit community will keep him and his family in our thoughts.  
We will have counselors on hand on Monday to support any student athlete who may need to speak privately."
This is a developing story, which TAPinto Summit will update when more details are known.

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