WATERVILLE, Maine --- (Bill Sodoma, Colby) Ben Chwick (Purchase, N.Y.) scored two goals and assisted on the overtime goal by Nick Lanza (Rocky Hill, Conn.) in Colby College's 4-3 victory over Connecticut College in New England Small College Athletic Conference men's hockey Saturday at Alfond Rink.
There's been a lot of talk about athletes and their facial hair in New England this fall. The World Champion Boston Red Sox had their beards. Now at Connecticut College, Marc Roper, a junior defender on the Camel Hockey Team, is inspiring his friend's and teammates to grow a mustache.
Movember is a worldwide movement that has been started to promote awareness about prostate cancer. Contributors can go to movember.com and search Conn Coll Camels to donate. So far, wearing the 'Stache has raised a whole lot of cash. Close to 3000 dollars have been raised and Roper's team has more than 46 members participating for the cause at the College.
"My grandfather and great grandfather both passed away with prostate cancer in their last year," Roper said. "One in seven men is diagnosed with prostate cancer worldwide. Raising money is great but we're really trying to increase awareness about this deadly disease."
Roper has enjoyed his success on the ice and in the classroom as an economics major. A native of Moncton, New Brunswick, Roper could have easily attended a larger university in Canada like his sister did. But Connecticut College's international reputation as a small college with excellence in academics and athletics made the decision easy for him to enroll.
"My Head Coach Jim Ward made contact with me," Roper said. "I really liked it here. The liberal arts atmosphere in the classroom is unique. Playing hockey has provided me with everything I've wanted to excel at the College level. I've been able to provide a leadership role as a student-athlete on campus."
Ward has been pleased with Roper's interest in spearheading such an important awareness campaign across campus. It's a longstanding tradition and expectation that members of his team will contribute to the community.
"Marc's initiative within our team to support Movember is a great example of how we want the members of our team to make positive contributions to our community, Ward said. "Marc is a great teammate and has taken a leadership role this year with the Movember campaign. My father in law is a cancer survivor and I contributed to Movember with him and others in mind."
If you are interested in supporting Roper and the Camels, please visit www.movember.com. Search Conn Coll Camels and you can donate to the team or individually. Donations can be made until December 8.