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Rolling with It

Written by Danielle Paccione
2/16/2010

The Ithaca roller hockey team practices in the Fitness Center.

The men’s roller hockey squad, one of the newest club teams on campus, broke their season-long nine-game losing streak, beating Loyola 1-0.

Last year, some Ithaca College students showed an interest in roller hockey and ended up playing eight games throughout upstate New York. This year, the club became an official member of the National Collegiate Roller Hockey Association, which has over 200 teams and 2,500 players nationwide.

Over the course of the regular season, which runs from October through March, Ithaca plays a total of 15 games against the other Eastern Division III teams: SUNY Cortland, Syracuse, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Ramapo, Delaware, Scranton, Loyola, and Northeastern.

The team travels far and wide, which necessitates some early wake-up calls. On weekends the players are on their way to tournaments in Pennsylvania or Connecticut, where they can compete in as many as three or four games a day, scheduled any time from 4:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. (In fact, their win against Loyola took place at 5:30 a.m.)

The team of 14 remains close-knit, dedicated, and flexible in order to accommodate for the challenging schedule. “We are a very close bunch,” says captain Chris Barriere ’11. “I think that’s why we were able to get this program off the ground. We are all very supportive of each other and it helps gel us together as a team.”



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