Clinton Field at West Point is named after Revolutionary War hero Gen. James Clinton. As one of New York's most distinguished military leaders during the colonies' fight for independence, Clinton commanded troops throughout the Hudson River Valley, including stops at Fort Clinton, Fort Montgomery and West Point.
It was at West Point in 1778 where Gen. Clinton and his men began to throw chains across the Hudson to prevent enemy ships from traveling up the river.
One of Clinton's most important missions began in November of 1778. Upon receiving orders at West Point from Gen. George Washington, Clinton left for Albany to join forces with Gen. Sullivan. Their mission was to help the colonists seek retribution against Indian and Tory armies who had massacred the villages of Cherry Village, N.Y., and Wyoming, Pa. Clinton's and Sullivan's forces eventually defeated their enemies in an intense battle in Elmira, N.Y., forcing them to flee to the British fortress in Niagara.
This battle was one of Clinton's last as he immediately returned to Albany and remained there until the end of the war. However, he would later find himself alongside Washington during the British surrender at Yorktown and was later present at the evacuation of New York by the British.
After exiting his military career, Clinton took an active role in politics serving as a member of the convention called to ratify the Constitution of the United States. Clinton was also elected a member of the New York State Senate.
Always a home to the Army men's soccer team, Clinton Field also hosted the USA Rugby Championships April of 2006, then underwent sod replacement that spring in providing both soccer squads with brand new grass on which to play. The two teams combined for nine wins between them in breaking in the new turf.
Clinton Field's first reconstruction project took place in 1996, which moved all of the men's and women's soccer games to the North Rockland Sports Complex.
With 10 light stacks and six seating bleachers, Clinton Field is one of the top soccer facilities in the Patriot League and a favorite venue for visiting teams.
Clinton Field has also been host to five Patriot League Tournaments, twice with the men and four times with the women. Additionally, both the men's and women's soccer squads host early-season tournaments on a regular basis, which attracts some of the top teams in the Northeast and from around the country.