Dec. 11, 2008
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SRU Inline Hockey Club team rolls to national ranking
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Slippery Rock University Inline Hockey Club team is ranked No. 24 in the nation for Division II roller hockey programs. The Independent Rankings Committee included SRU in its rankings released this week.
The 11-person club sport has posted a 5-3-3 record and will resume competition Jan. 24 against SUNY-Albany. The club competes in the Eastern Collegiate Roller Hockey Association, which includes Shippensburg, Millersville and other teams in the northeast.
"The ranking is great. We've put together a really strong team this year," said Eric Viletto, a marketing major from Wexford and club president.
The sport resembles ice hockey, except players wear inline skates rather than blades. Viletto said it's faster-paced than ice hockey.
"I like it more than ice hockey for a couple different reasons," he said. "It's four-on-four instead of five-on-five, which really opens the rink a lot more. There is no off side or icing, so that really allows the play to develop a lot more quickly."
The club sport has 40 members and will play 18 games this season, from September through February. The team practices at Neville Island near Pittsburgh. The team plays many of its games in Harrisburg and Philadelphia, Viletto said.
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