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
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: