The sound of a roaring audience is nothing new to the Carrier Dome, but for the first time, the sounds of skates scraping the ice, hockey sticks striking, the loud crash of players colliding and the cheers of SUNY Oswego Lakers fans could be heard throughout the Dome.
The Oswego Lakers men’s ice hockey team tied the Utica Pioneers, 4-4, on Nov. 22 at the record-setting Toyota Frozen Dome Classic in Syracuse University’s Carrier Dome. The game set the attendance record for a NCAA Division III men’s ice hockey contest with 7,047 attendees, and more than 500 Lakers in attendance.
The Oswego Alumni Association quickly sold a block of 500 game tickets held for SUNY Oswego alumni and friends. The Oswego Alumni Association also hosted a pre-game reception at the Sheraton Hotel, a few blocks from the Carrier Dome. Alumni Association Board Member and Lakers fan Marc Beck ’93 spoke to the crowd about his relationship with Oswego, encouraging other alumni to get involved and give back to their alma mater.
“If you haven’t been back in a while, you need to visit campus to see all of the growth that has taken place. It’s amazing,” Beck said.
SUNY Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley spoke about recent happenings on campus, including the men’s ice hockey 50-year celebration and the public launch of With Passion and Purpose: The Campaign for SUNY Oswego on Oct. 16. She acknowledged some reception attendees for their continued support; Beck, Lou Borrelli ’77, founder of the Media Summit, and Dan Scaia ’68 for his support of SUNY Oswego Athletics, including the Lakers Athletics Challenge.
Following the reception, the crowd migrated to the Carrier Dome. As the thousands of people prepared to watch the match in person, 4,022 viewers tuned in online. The Toyota Frozen Dome Classic was covered by Oswego’s WTOP-10 TV, the on-campus, student-run television station. The Oswego Lakers and WTOP logos could be seen on the giant screens around the Carrier Dome, a clear beacon of the value of Oswego’s trademark “hands-on learning” education to the surrounding Syracuse community.
— Tyler Edic ’13