PCI: Hockey is the Best Intramural Sport
by Jeremy Perrigo ’18
Providence College has a host of intramural sports for students to play all year-long, no matter the season. Those sports include ping-pong, five-on-five basketball, water polo, and ultimate frisbee to name a few. However, one intramural sport stands out among the rest: intramural hockey.
If you have been looking for a place to show up your buddies with some sweet dangles, look no further.
Maybe you dabbled in junior hockey, or simply got by as an Average Joe on your high school team. It could be that you just decided to strap on a pair of skates last week thinking to yourself “Hockey looks easy, let me give it a shot.” Sign up, there is a place for you.
Over the span of four to five games, PC’s finest are given the opportunity to blur the line between the glory days and men’s league as they compete against fellow classmates (both male and female) for the chance to win a coveted intramural T-shirt.
Whistles are blown infrequently, giving players the ability to expand their creativity, or simply realize that they should probably go to the gym one or two more times a week to work on cardio.
Goaltenders, be ready to face a barrage of shots, as offense is prioritized over defense. This means lots of two-on-ones, three-on-ones, and straight up breakaways.
There are few feelings as satisfying as gliding over a freshly resurfaced sheet of ice in Schneider Arena. As you float seamlessly over the reflective surface, you begin to imagine thousands of fans roaring your name from the stands as you cut through opposing players from one end to the other, all while doing your best impression of Bobby Orr.
Playing intramural hockey at PC means getting a glimpse into the exhilarating life of a perennial NCAA Championship men’s hockey team which won it all back in 2015.
You may not have what it takes to dangle, snipe, and celly with the best of them. You might not even be one of the top three fastest players on your team. But those 40 minutes of running clock tick by ever so slowly when you find yourself alone on a breakaway with a goaltender you know has been giving you an earful all night long. You are living in the moment.
In short, it is a great idea to be a well-rounded athlete that finds enjoyment in a variety of different sports and athletic activities. Just do not pass on the opportunity to lace up a pair of skates with a few of your closest puck junkies. Be sure to participate in PC’s intramural hockey league.
PCI: Softball is the Best Intramural Sport at PC
by Sam Scanlon ’19
Is there anything better than hitting a softball over the fence on Glay Field and off of the 5th floor of Suites? Intramural athletes long for the days when they were athletically relevant, so participating in the intramural softball league and reliving the glory days is just about the closest thing to it at this point. Softball stands alone as the best intramural sport due to the competitiveness surrounding it, as well as the pure excitement of playing softball on a state of the art field. It does not get much better than that for your typical washed up high school athlete.
Providence College has one of the nation’s most highly participated in intramural sports program, and that is mostly due to the large number of players that intramural softball attracts. With upwards of 30 teams participating in the league, softball can become extremely competitive as most of the student body competes to fight for the coveted intramural champion T-shirt for softball.
The high volume of students playing softball is a huge reason why it is the best intramural sport. The winners of this sport are truly some of the best players that the student body has to offer, so the satisfaction of winning the Championship makes it great. Everyone gives it their all on the softball field, usually resulting in extremely high scoring but close games. You will see a lot of jumping, yelling, screaming, smiling, and laughing on the softball field as emotions run high. You will really feel as if you are in a meaningful game and for us intramural hardos, there is nothing better than that.
Additionally, the participants are not only those who excelled in high school and gave up their dream upon coming to PC; since it is a spring sport that falls close to the end of the school year, the winter sports have ended and some varsity athletes create a team and join the league as well. If you are lucky, you have a chance to go up against some hockey and basketball players to prove that your team is in fact the best team at PC.
Baseball and softball are America’s pastimes, so coming together with your friends and hitting balls over the fence on your way to claiming PC’s most difficult T-shirt is what makes intramural softball far and away the best intramural sport to play.