Wellesley Athletics Dedicates New Butler Stadium, Celebrates Field Hockey Win

September 19, 2019

Wellesley Athletics officially dedicated Butler Stadium in honor of John and Alice Lehmann Butler ’53 and in recognition of the generosity of Chris and Suzanne Sandman Pasko ’90 P’23 and the Martore family, with members in the classes of ’73 and ’10, prior to the September 14 field hockey game, an 8-1 win for the Blue over the University of Maine Farmington. The facility renovation, completed over the summer, included lights, a new track, new turf playing surface, and upgrades to the spectator seating area.

The new Butler Stadium field

“We are so grateful that our alumnae and supporters continue to be invested in our success and in our athletic experience,” said Clare Doyle ’20, a member of the Blue field hockey team. “[We] are so glad that we could bring home a big win on the turf and demonstrate just how incredible the renovations have been for our play and the game.” Photo: Adam Richins


The donors of the turf field talk with students on the new track.

John and Alice Lehmann Butler ’53 present the game ball to Blue captains Hannah Maisano ’20 (left) and Clare Doyle ’20 (right) prior to the start of the September 14 contest. “It was such a special experience getting to speak with the Butlers and to directly experience the strong connection and tradition that underlie Wellesley and Wellesley Athletics,” said Doyle. Photo: Adam Richins

Donors cut a ceremonial ribbon before a game.

(Left to right) Bethany Ellis, director of athletics and chair of PERA, and Bridget Belgiovine, former PERA chair/director, look on as Alice Lehmann Butler ’53 and John Butler officially dedicate Butler Stadium alongside President Paula A. Johnson. Photo: Adam Richins


Students run on the track for the first time while carrying a Wellesley flag.

Chris and Suzanne Sandman Pasko ’90 P’23 held the ribbon until Lauren Dines ’20, waving a Wellesley flag, and student-athletes from the track and field team ran through the finish line during the celebratory first run on the new track at Butler Stadium. Photo: Adam Richins


Field hockey team congratulate each other

Carson Dennis ’21 (No. 10, left) and Danielle Brubaker ’21 (No. 11) run to hug each other following a Blue goal during the field hockey team’s 8-1 win. Brubaker had a career-best game, scoring twice and adding three assists, and was recognized as the NEWMAC Offensive Athlete of the Week on September 16. Photo: Adam Richins