Well, it’s finally here. Almost. The men’s hockey team hosts #18 Cornell on Saturday evening at the Blue Cross Arena in what we hope will be a raucous atmosphere. If you have not bought a ticket yet, what are you waiting for? We need to pack the BCA and support the Tigers in a big way.
Fans and students can come out to the Clark Gym on Friday evening for a pep rally to honor the hockey team at 6:30 p.m. There will be plenty of fun to be had.
It’s been a hectic last few days here with all of the fall sports getting close to the end of their respective regular seasons and with hockey in full swing.
The Tigers have played the Big Red very close in its previous two meetings. Former Tigers netminder Jocelyn Guimond played one of the finest games I have ever seen in a 3-1 loss at Cornell in January 2006. In fact, RIT hit the post with about eight minutes left, down a goal. Last season, RIT hung tough with the Big Red, but could not grind out the win, losing 5-3.
Senior Adrienne Gagnier is making her second straight run at a spot in the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships for the women’s cross country squad. She ran her way to Empire 8 honors for the fourth straight season.
Men’s soccer (8-6-2, 2-3-1 Empire 8) faces a must-win game on Saturday, as they host Nazareth in the season finale for both squads. RIT, currently tied for fifth in the Empire 8 standings, must defeat the Golden Flyers and have either St. John Fisher or Ithaca lose its conference games on Saturday as well. Ithaca hosts Elmira at 12 p.m., while St. John Fisher hosts Alfred at 7 p.m. The top four teams make the Empire 8 Tournament, which will be played next weekend. The Tigers can win on Saturday and temporarily have a spot in the tournament, but if Ithaca and St. John Fisher win, the Tigers are out. A Tiger win and tie by either team puts RIT in. The Tigers hold the tiebreaker over St. John Fisher, but Ithaca holds the tiebreaker over RIT.
Women’s soccer (8-5-2, 3-2-1 Empire 8), who enjoyed a great week, is in a similar predicament. RIT travels to Nazareth today to play the Golden Flyers at 3:30 p.m. and then to Elmira to play the Soaring Eagles on Saturday at 1 p.m., needing a pair of wins to clinch a playoff berth. The top four teams make the Empire 8 Tournament, which will be played next weekend. One win may not be enough, as the standings show fifth-place Tigers trail Utica by three points and Nazareth by two for the final two spots. A win over Nazareth would help the Tigers cause greatly.
The Tigers earned the second seed in the Empire 8 Tournament. The tournament takes place on Saturday, November 3 and will be hosted by Stevens. RIT will face #3 Nazareth College in one semifinal. The Tigers are 2-1 versus the Golden Flyers this season.
Senior Shea Haney became the 12th Tiger to go over 1,000 career kills
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