HESSE FIELD ON THE GREAT LAWN
Men's and Women's Soccer
Monmouth University plays all of its home men's and women's soccer matches at the University's Hesse Field on The Great Lawn, part of the school’s beautiful and serene 156-acre campus in West Long Branch, New Jersey, located one mile from the beaches on the Jersey Shore.
Formerly part of the Shadow Lawn Estate, which became the focal point of the school's campus, the Great Lawn lays in the shadows of historic Wilson Hall, named after former United States President, Woodrow Wilson, who vacationed in the pristine mansion. Wilson Hall also served as the palatial home to Daddy Warbucks in the critically acclaimed feature Annie.
The Blue and White started playing its home games on the Great Lawn in 1993. Thanks to the generosity of Mr. Jules L. Plangere, Jr., lighting was installed on the Great Lawn in 2011, making night games possible.
Thanks to a generous donation from Marianne Hesse, the field was resurfaced with FieldTurf prior to the 2014 season.
Entering the 2015 season, the Monmouth soccer programs have enjoyed a combined 252-100-38 record on the Great Lawn.
The Monmouth men have hosted three NCAA Tournament games in 2009, 2010 and 2011 after playing host to the Northeast Conference Tournament in six consecutive years (2005-10). The Hawks advanced to the NCAA Tournament Second Round twice on penalty kicks on the Great Lawn, getting past then-No. 12 Connecticut and Stony Brook in 2009 and 2011, respectively. The Hawks men reached the NCAA Tournament for the fifth time in nine seasons in 2014.
The women's program qualified for 15 Northeast Conference Tournaments since its inception in 1995, winning the regular season title in 1995, 1996, 2000 and 2007. The Hawks won the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Regular Season Championship in each of their first two years in the league (2013, 2014) and took the MAAC Tournament Championship in 2013. Added to their hardware, the Blue and White won the NEC Tournament Championship four times in the program's annals (1995, 1996, 2007, 2009), and finished as runners-up in 2002 and 2006.