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Orange to ‘Skate for the Cure’ this weekend against Mercyhurst University

Another Syracuse University rivalry will be taking place this weekend, but the action will be on the ice, not the hardwood. The SU women’s hockey team will battle Mercyhurst University, but the two teams will also be battling breast cancer as they “Skate for the Cure.”
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - Another Syracuse University rivalry will be taking place this weekend, but the action will be on the ice, not the hardwood. The SU women’s hockey team will battle Mercyhurst University, but the two teams will also be battling breast cancer as they “Skate for the Cure.”

For the players involved, they say the matchup on the ice is for a bigger cause.

"We're playing for something bigger than just hockey. It's kind of using the sport as a vehicle for a greater cause so it's a pretty big weekend," said Margot Scharfe, Team Captain and a senior center for the Syracuse University women’s hockey team.

The team is raising money and awareness for the fight against breast cancer, a disease the seniors are all too familiar with as they were dealt a devastating blow a couple years ago when teammate Jessica Sorenson lost her mother during the season to breast cancer.

“I think our team stood behind her as best we could. There's only so much you can do when your teammate is in a position like that, but we were all there for her and we're still there for her," said Sadie St. Germain, a senior left winger for SU.

“It’s tough to imagine how difficult that is for her, but as a team we try to rally around her,” Scharfe said. “We were able to see the effects of this and how people are affected by breast cancer, so it was a tough situation."

The SU women’s hockey team has been raising money all season long by selling T-shirts and ribbons anywhere they can including at Syracuse Crunch games, SU Basketball games and at the Schine Students Center.

“Pretty much everybody has known someone that this has been affected, so you're skating for all of those people," said St. Germain.

The Orange will take on Mercyhurst University at Tennity Ice Pavilion on the South Campus at 7 p.m. on Friday and at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Admission to the games is free and the money the team raises will be donated to the Upstate Cancer Center.

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