Syracuse returns to OnCenter Complex for 1st time since inaugural season

first_imgOn Tuesday night, Syracuse will take the ice as it normally does. The rink will have the same dimensions, and the uniforms will be the same color.But the backdrop will be different. For the first time since its inaugural season, the Orange will be competing at the Oncenter Complex in Syracuse. And for the first time in program history, the game will also be televised on Time Warner Cable Sports.“I think it will be a nice opportunity for us to raise our profile a little bit, and get downtown,” Syracuse head coach Paul Flanagan said. “I don’t know if there’s some people that may be a little shy of coming up on campus, that might go down there. We’re excited to try it again.”When the Orange first competed at the Oncenter in 2008, it was done with the intention that it would become a yearly tradition for Syracuse. SU even built its own locker room within the building.But because of scheduling conflicts with the American Hockey League’s Syracuse Crunch and Major Indoor Soccer League’s Syracuse Silver Knights, the Orange took a hiatus from competing in the center. That will change when Syracuse matches up against Colgate on Tuesday at 7 p.m. First, though, it will have two games at Tennity Ice Pavilion against Robert Morris on Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textStanding with the backdrop of Tennity behind him, with its old scoreboard, detached thermostat and faded silver bleachers, Flanagan spoke about the importance of having a home game at such a big-time facility.“It’ll be fun for the girls just to play in a bigger arena in Syracuse,” Flanagan said. “We play in a lot of big arenas, but in Syracuse with a scoreboard, and a ribbon thing going around, and an actual concession stand.”Margot Scharfe, a senior, will be making her first appearance at the arena. She beamed with excitement when she talked about the venue.“It’s a huge deal for us,” Scharfe said. “We need to get our name out more in the community, too. We’re really excited to go play there.”But starting goaltender Kallie Billadeau said that it doesn’t matter where the game is. What’s important is the end result.“We need to stay focused on what’s important, and that’s how we’re practicing and how we’re preparing,” Billadeau said. “It’s definitely a secondary thing.”Although Billadeau is all business heading into a slate of three games in five days, Flanagan was excited to reflect on how important Tuesday’s game will be for his program. For the first time in team history, a home game will be televised.He said that not only would it help his team for recruiting and morale, but also that he’s happy to see women’s sports in general get more attention on television.“This past fall seeing our women’s soccer program, volleyball, and field hockey, our women’s sports are getting a chance,” Flanagan said. “It’s great for all of our sports and women’s athletics in general. It’s about time.”It helps the team now, but he said the new trend will pay large dividends for his program in the future, too.“For us, in a bigger venue, to have footage that we can use, whether we’re promoting our program, or showing highlights,” Flanagan said. “I think that it’s going to broaden our horizons, and hopefully reach out to more people.” Comments Published on November 21, 2013 at 1:02 am Contact Sam: [email protected] | @SamBlum3 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more