During Ithaca College move-in weekend 14 years ago, a football friendship was forged when two sets of cars carrying two first-year linemen pulled up to the back of the dorm at the same time. From those cars emerged two new roommates and one forever family, and this weekend, the Cortaca Jug once again gave them another chance for an outdoor family reunion.
They were among the many thousands Saturday who came from far and wide to the first Cortaca Jug to be held at IC’s campus since 2017. Pitting No. 14 Ithaca against No. 15 Cortland, it was the 64th Cortaca Jug.
Chris Strand ’13 was not content to watch it online. He left Indianapolis at 5 a.m. Friday and drove 10 hours to the Ithaca College bookstore where he loaded up on gear for himself and his wife, a 2012 alumna. Then he did exactly what he did all four years at Ithaca College: he stayed with his roommate Matt Hartz ’13.