Ellen Ryan Field The home of Saint Joseph's Field Hockey

After spending three-plus seasons playing home games off-campus, the Hawks returned to City Avenue in 2011 when they opened up Ellen Ryan Field on the Maguire Campus.

Named for longtime assistant athletic director and Saint Joseph's women's sports pioneer Ellen Ryan, Ryan Field is equipped with a top-of-the-line synthetic AstroTurf12 surface, state-of-the-art water cannons, an irrigation drainage system, a mobile press box, and bleacher seating for 200 fans.

A capacity crowd packed the stands as Ellen Ryan Field opened on September 24, 2011, when the Hawks hosted Delaware.
"Ellen Ryan Field is a great facility that has aided the growth of our program and the local hockey community. Our water-based pitch allows for a fast, smooth, and skilled quality match in an outstanding location on campus. The stands are always full of a contagious energy and spirit from our fans and fellow SJU students. We love playing at home on Hawk Hill!" – Saint Joseph's field hockey head coach Lynn Farquhar

In its brief history, the facility has already hosted a pair of Atlantic 10 Field Hockey Championships (2011, 2015) and witnessed SJU's first Atlantic 10 regular season championship since 1995 when the Hawks defeated Massachusetts in overtime on October 21, 2016.

The Hawks clinched the 2016 Atlantic 10 regular season title with a win over Massachusetts at Ryan Field on October 21.

The Hawks also enjoy the comforts of home in their own locker room, renovated before the 2016 season, in the O'Pake Recreation Center on the Maguire Campus.

In addition to a state-of-the-art pitch, the Hawks have a recently-renovated locker room space to call their own.
“When you think of women’s athletics at SJU, the first name you think of is, and should be, Ellen Ryan. We hope that by putting her name on this field, the University can honor her contributions now and forever.” – Saint Joseph's Director of Athletics Don DiJulia

Ellen Ryan, who retired from Saint Joseph’s in August of 2011, served in the athletic department for 37 years and was the driving force behind the growth of women’s athletics programs at Saint Joseph’s. She served as SJU’s first women’s basketball coach and also coached the women’s tennis team for a time. Her vision and dedication are the foundation upon which Ryan Field, and the women’s athletics program at Saint Joseph’s, are built.

Ellen Ryan Field was dedicated on October 7, 2011. Ryan (second from right) spent nearly four decades as the driving force behind Saint Joseph's women's athletics programs.

Prior to moving to the Maguire Campus, the Hawks spent the 2008 through 2010 seasons playing predominantly at Drexel’s Buckley Field. SJU amassed a 12-12 “home” record at the facility during that stretch. The field hockey program was previously a tenant at Finnesey Field – now known as Sweeney Field – where the Hawks posted a .559 winning percentage over 24 seasons.

Ellen Ryan Field is situated along City Avenue on Saint Joseph's picturesque James J. Maguire '58 Campus.

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