However, he said, the Cardinal women do have what he called a very good following at the college, and over the last eight years, have been in the top 10 for attendance nationally among both Division I and Division III women’s hockey teams.
“It’s a good feeling and a good atmosphere at our women’s games,” Delventhal said.
Former Cardinal Carly Lemieux said that when she played for the team in 2001, the devotion of their fans was evident.
And though the men’s team got more attention at SUNY Plattsburgh then and now, Lemieux said, she and her teammates formed personal relationships with their fans, many of whom would show their support even at away games.
“The core of fans that we had back when I played was unbelievable,” she said.
ROOTING FOR VICTORY
Following SUNY Plattsburgh’s women’s team, Jackie added, is what fostered an appreciation for hockey in her and her sons, who, for a long time, had never seen men play the sport.
“My boys, for a while, thought that only girls played hockey,” she said.
Now ages 11, 13 and 15, Jackie’s sons still attend women’s hockey games at SUNY Plattsburgh with their parents; though, out of her entire family, Jackie noted, “I’m probably the most devout fan.”
Lemieux also continues to follow the team and has great faith in the abilities of its members, as well as head coach Kevin Houle.
“Coach Houle is unbelievable,” she said. “He’s a wonderful man.
“I’m excited to see them do as wonderful as I know they can.”
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Veteran Press-Republican Sports Writer Courtney Lewis is in Superior, Wis., to cover the Plattsburgh State women's hockey team as they compete in the NCAA Division II Tournament. Follow her on Twitter starting at 4:30 p.m. @SportsCourt. And look for coverage at www.pressrepublican.com and in the print edition.