Date Posted:02/15/2002, 8:00AM
BRUNSWICK, Maine - Among the piles of snow and balmy 30-degree temperatures, the reigning ECAC Champion Men's Lacrosse Team opened spring drills on Friday. February 15th marked the first day of full practice for spring sports teams at Bowdoin College and around the NESCAC.
The Polar Bears will look to take full advantage of their first spring on the Howard F. Ryan Artificial Field, the newest jewel of Bowdoin's athletic facilities. Ryan Field is named in honor of Howard F. Ryan, a member of the class of 1928. The new field was made possible by the generosity of his son, H. Allen Ryan, of class of 1964. Howard was the first Ryan family member to attend Bowdoin College and began a tradition that now spans three generations. The artificial turf field is 225' wide and 390' long, totaling 87,750 square feet. The turf is marked for men's and women's lacrosse and also for field hockey. The field was used this past fall for field hockey competition, including the first-round games of the NESCAC Tournament.