KNOXVILLE — A team of Johnson graduates took on current students in a game of floor hockey in the Old Gym Wednesday evening as part of a seven-year annual Homecoming tradition. Dressed in white, the alumni team reeled in a 3-1 victory over the students, who wore blue, increasing their all-time record to 4-2-1.
Play started out slow but competitive with the game remaining scoreless until Jason Schimke found the back of the net for the alumni with 6:48 left in the second period.
“It was a garbage goal,” Schimke said. “I got a nice rebound and just put it away.”
Schimke, a 2009 graduate, said he enjoyed getting the chance to participate.
“It’s just a good time to get out and enjoy each other, have a good time, fellowship, get some good exercise and burn off some steam,” Schimke said.
The alumni put two more points on the board early in the third period with goals from Nathan Worley and Miles Duff before sophomore Michael Alexander set up junior Jason Resciniti to score the lone goal for the students with just under six minutes left in the game.
Resciniti, who has played intramural floor hockey at Johnson for three years, echoed Schimke’s sentiments in regards to the yearly match-up.
“It’s not so much about a win or a loss,” Resciniti said. “It’s really a good time to just come together with the alumni. These are a lot of guys that we see once a year just for this game.”
The two sides will resume their friendly rivalry next year during Homecoming.