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WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. - Monmouth University announced The Great Lawn Soccer Field was selected as a winner of Pioneer Athletics’ 2011 Fields of Excellence Award. Monmouth employees Kyle Harris, William Byrne, Joseph Lopes and Terry Palmateer were recognized for their care, dedication and superior field management of The Great Lawn field.

“Kyle and his staff do an amazing job with our fields," stated head men's soccer coach Robert McCourt. "The Great Lawn is such a wonderful place to play our home matches. Playing on natural grass, and such a well-maintained surface, makes home games a tremendous experience for the soccer programs.”

Krissy Turner, head coach of the women's soccer program added, "Monmouth has always made The Great Lawn facility top notch. We are fortunate to have a great crew of employees who truly care about making the fields a special place to play." 

The Great Lawn is a unique soccer field and facility. It sits on the grounds of the historic Shadow Lawn Estate by Woodrow Wilson Hall, a national historic landmark. The natural appearance of the Great Lawn is maintained during the off-season, and every August the athletic field grounds crew transforms the Great Lawn into a complete soccer facility. In addition to the scoreboard and light towers, which are permanently installed, bleachers and white vinyl fencing around the perimeter of the field are added. They also set up dugouts for each team and a portable press box. The crew maintains the field as well as the other athletic fields on campus.

The hard work paid off the last three seasons. The Monmouth University Men’s team is nationally ranked and hosted an NCAA Division I Tournament First Round games twice, along with Northeast Conference Championships in 2009 and 2010. The women’s team has shared in the success, reaching the NCAA tournament in 2009 and was nationally ranked in 2010.

Information courtesy of Monmouth University Newswire

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