St. Germain develops into consistent spark for Orange

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 17, 2013 at 1:25 am Contact Sam: [email protected] | @SamBlum3 Sadie St. Germain wasn’t sure how to answer the question.“What is your role on the team?” the reporter asked. She didn’t really have an answer, because she didn’t really have a role. Instead, St. Germain, then a freshman, proceeded to explain the job of a left wing forward. “At that time I really wasn’t playing much,” St. Germain said. “It didn’t hurt so much that I didn’t have a high number of goals, it hurt that I didn’t really have a role on the team.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSt. Germain said that question has stuck with her throughout her four seasons at Syracuse. And while as a freshman and sophomore, St. Germain’s offensive prowess only led her to a combined three goals, it’s quite clear to anyone watching now that she has developed into a key cog in the Orange offense.As a junior, St. Germain tallied seven goals, and also chipped one in during this season’s opening game, a 4-1 win at then-No. 10 Northeastern. She’ll get the opportunity to score again when Syracuse (1-3) travels to Providence College for a pair of games this weekend. The Orange will face the Friars (2-2) at 7 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday. Last season during the spring semester, St. Germain was often forced to miss two practices a week to attend classes for her communications design major in the College of Visual and Performing Arts. In the hopes of being a more full-time member, St. Germain will take a lighter schedule this semester and attend Syracuse next fall to take classes.“If you know any (Communications Design majors), you probably know them for not sleeping and being crazy and always being at the warehouse,” St. Germain said. “My schedule’s always been pretty hectic, and that, with the studios that are four and a half hours or longer, I’ve been competing for time since I got here.”St. Germain said that missing practices made her feel less prepared on game days. In Thursday’s practices, the team goes over game strategy and prepares for its weekend opponents. She would often have to take a car up with her teammates’ parents or even be flown in to cities for games. If the team played on Friday, she would sometimes arrive after her teammates had already taken the ice to get ready. Head coach Paul Flanagan said he’s relying on the senior much more heavily this season. “It’s great to see someone that kind of wallowed in obscurity almost her first couple of years playing third or fourth line,” Flanagan said, “to the point where she’s established herself as one of our go-to forwards.” St. Germain attended the Berkshire School in Sheffield, Mass., for prep school because it offered communication design. She was dead set on studying that in college while also playing ice hockey. That dream was almost shattered because leg injuries in her sophomore and junior seasons forced some schools to lose interest. “She wasn’t sure she’d get recruited at all per se,” said her mother, Rose St. Germain. “To get to the point that she’s at now, that has a lot to do with the coaching and training staff at Syracuse.“She was given the perseverance award in high school. If there was a perseverance award at Syracuse, I think that she would qualify.”Rose St. Germain said that only a handful of schools with hockey programs offered majors like that would align with her interests. She considered holding off on that major until graduate school in order to play hockey. “We were basically looking at nine schools,” Rose St. Germain said. “The problem was schools that were looking at her in Division I didn’t have her academic program.” Finally, she got an offer from Syracuse. And though she went through many struggles with injury and time management, St. Germain finally has an answer to that reporter’s question.“I had a really tough time balancing everything my freshman and sophomore years, with my major and hockey, it was very difficult,” St. Germain said. “But I finished the season very strong last year, and I’ve just been riding off of that. “I finally hold a role on the team, which is awesome.” Commentslast_img

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