"This is the first year we've been able to play on campus," the Catonsville resident said.

She said it was great to watch the whole school come together in support of the new field.

"It's exciting to see the school so enthusiastic about sports teams and athletics," Ruzzi said. "It's so cool that we got Cal to come."

Sister Philip Joseph, director of academy advancement at de Sales, said the previously existing field was difficult to maintain and not very usable. Sister Philip Joseph said she was thrilled to see the school's hard work finally come to fruition at the dedication.

"Everybody did their part, and it worked well," she said.

Though the school still needs to raise $550,000 to finish paying for the field's completion, she said she is glad the girls will be able to enjoy it for the spring sports season.

"Finally, they've got their home gym, they've got their home field," she said, referring to the Pistorio Sports Complex on campus. "We had the field, it was just ... not really playable.

"Now they can all come home," she said.

The field marks Phase II of the school's three-phase capital campaign to improve its campus.

The first phase included construction of a new convent for the members of the Dominican Sisters of the Saint Cecilia Congregation who teach and work at the school.

New security measures as well as heating and air conditioning for the school building, which was built in 1852, were also part of Phase I.

Phase III of the $14.5 million campaign will include construction of a Performing Arts Building on the Academy Road campus.