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Centenary College to Hold a Ribbon-Cutting for Turf Field Project

04/01/2014, 03:40 PM

Hackettstown, N.J. – Centenary College will hold a ribbon-cutting for the completion of the Athletic Turf Field Project at 10 a.m. April 15, 2014, near the David and Carol Lackland Center parking lot.  A reception is to follow at the President’s Circle Room at the David and Carol Lackland Center.  Members of the community are invited to attend.

Centenary College President Dr. Barbara-Jayne Lewthwaite and J.E. Reeves, Jr. President and Treasurer of the Reeves Foundation, which was the lead donor for the Turf Field Project, will deliver remarks.

Centenary College’s new turf field also allows for expanded practice time and enhanced safety for the Men’s and Women’s Soccer and Lacrosse teams, as well as time for intramural use and accessibility for community soccer organizations. A turf field allows for the opportunity for more playing time since it lessens the possibility of practices being cancelled and games being postponed due to common weather events that render a grass field unplayable.  Additionally, by replacing the current field with synthetic turf, athletes play in ideal conditions and the College will save on maintenance costs over the field’s lifetime due to the increased resistance to the breakdown of the turf.

Some noteworthy soccer and lacrosse athletic accomplishments for this past year include the following: Men’s Soccer celebrated the win of the program’s first-ever CSAC Tournament Championship and earned a berth in the NCAA Division III Tournament for the first time. Five players earned all-conference awards and Head Coach Keith O’Connor was selected at the league’s coach of the year. The Women’s Soccer team advanced to the CSAC Tournament semifinals for the sixth time in the last seven years in 2013 and had three players earn all-CSAC honors, including two first-team performers. Men’s Lacrosse set a team record with 14 victories and advanced to its first-ever CSAC Tournament championship game. Women’s Lacrosse advanced to the CSAC Tournament quarterfinals.

“This is an opportunity that will change our students’ athletics experience for the better,” says Dr. Barbara-Jayne Lewthwaite, Centenary College President.  “This project is one that is very important for the growth and progress of our athletic programs.”
In addition to the lead gift by the Reeves Foundation, other contributions among the many included he Lackland family who funded the bleachers and Quick Chek for purchasing the Turf Field scoreboard.
If you are interested in attending this event, please contact Kate Booth at (908) 852-1400, ext. 2468 by April 7, 2014.

Founded in 1867 by the Newark Conference of the United Methodist Church, Centenary
College is an independent, coeducational liberal arts and career studies college
distinguished by an accomplished faculty, small class size and diverse student body.  Centenary is the only baccalaureate and master’s degree granting institution in northwest
New Jersey.

Centenary College’s main campus is located in Hackettstown, N.J., with its equestrian facility in Washington Township (Morris County).  The Centenary College School of Professional Studies offers degree programs in two locations: Parsippany and Edison, and at corporate sites throughout New Jersey.  The School of International Programs recruits international students for study at Centenary and Centenary students for study abroad.