– Staff writer
The Roanoke College men’s Club Hockey Team won 7-6 over Wake Forest in their Sun. game at the Roanoke Civic Center.
This season, the hockey team has focused on growing in numbers as well as in stature. Head Coach Paul Madden hopes to make the team “as big as lacrosse.”
The Hockey team practices twice a week and plays their home games at the Roanoke Civic Center and travels for much of their season. Both team captain Scott Kitts ’11 and Coach Madden assert traveling helps the RC Hockey team’s name gain exposure and a following in the Roanoke Valley area and the areas to which they travel.
On campus the Hockey team is gaining recognition and popularity through word of mouth and their website.
“Knowing Roanoke had a club hockey team was a perk,” Kitts said.
The team itself is very close. While a competitive team, the players have a lot of fun together.
“They respect that they are representing Roanoke College,” Coach Madden said. But he also says they have “a lot of fun and there is a lot of laughter.”
However, attendance on the team often conflicts with varsity sport responsibilities. Goals for next season include attracting numbers to the team and making the team as competitive as possible.
The team especially hopes to attract those who are interested in playing hockey as their sole sport. Coach Madden is taking his team and “pushing to make it as best as possible.” He says it would be ideal to be a varsity sport, but that comes with numbers and recognition.
The team closes out their season with away games at Tennessee and Penn State.