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Friendly American-Canadian rivalry helps shape SU’s identity

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One hundred and one miles. That’s all that separates Syracuse University from Hill Island, Ontario –the closest piece of foreign soil after a two-hour drive up I-81. It’s all that separates Syracuse from the birthplace of ice hockey, and the homeland of 15 SU ice hockey members.

Seventy-one percent of SU’s current roster calls Canada home. Ranging from the mid-western province of Saskatchewan — home of freshman forward Anna Leschyshyn — to the eastern maritime province of Nova Scotia — freshman defender Mae Batherson, the Orange (3-12-1, 2-1-1 College Hockey America) reflect Canada’s nationwide love for the game.

“It’s ingrained in the players,” said head coach Paul Flanagan, “they take a lot of pride in the way they play. It’s a little bit more physicality.”

All five of Syracuse’s top goal scorers — Jessica DiGirolamo, Savannah Rennie, Victoria Klimek, Kelli Rowswell and Lindsay Eastwood — are Canadian. Flanagan and some members of the Orange insist that Canadians play a different style to their southern neighbors, but others, such as Klimek, refute that idea.

Klimek, a forward, said individuality makes the player, not nationality. If there are differences to the style of play, the American players have already adapted to it; instead of having distinctive …read more

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