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Wide World of Tiger Sports – December 18 Miscellaneous

With a lull in home athletic events at RIT until January 4, and any Tiger squads in action until December 29, it is a time to catch up and enjoy some rest and relaxation in the athletic department.

The second annual Student-Athlete Advisory Committee formal, held last Saturday at the SAU was a resounding success. We exceeded last year’s total of $4,500 raised for charity. Unofficially, word is that just over $5,000 was raised to benefit Camp Good Days and Special Times.

The men’s hockey squad will travel to Minnesota to compete in the Dodge Holiday Classic. On December 29 the Tigers will face #12 Minnesota. RIT will face either Air Force or #14 Boston College on December 30. It will be the first trip to University of Minnesota for the Tigers.

When RIT faced American International on December 7-8, neither crowd in West Springfield exceeded 200 fans. The Minnesota contest will more than likely be the largest crowd RIT players have seen. Through nine home dates this season, the Golden Gophers are averaging 9,830 fans. The largest crowd RIT had played in front of was 8,314 at the Omaha Civic Auditorium at University of Nebraska-Omaha on Dec. 12, 1998.

RIT’s men’s basketball team (5-5, 1-3 Empire 8) went 1-2 last week against University of Rochester, the top-ranked team in all of Division III, D’Youville in the opening round of the 23rd Harold J. Brodie Tournament Friday. SUNY Oswego dropped RIT in the Brodie championship.

Senior Kenny Gethers and junior Mark Carson were named to the All-Tournament Team. Carson was also the RIT Male Athlete of the Week.

Women’s hockey remained #5 in the nation, . In an eight game stretch the Tigers (8-3) will have faced #6 Elmira College (went 1-1), lost two to Division I Robert Morris by a goal. After the Holidays the Tigers will play #2 Middlebury and #4 Amherst College then #1 and defending national champion Plattsburgh on January 19 and 20. It is unquestionably the toughest eight-game stretch the Tigers have ever seen and quite possibly the toughest road any Division III team will endure this season.

The wrestling team fell to Ithaca on Thursday. Sophomore Mike McInally is ranked sixth in the latest Brute/Adidas NCAA III rankings at 125 lbs. He is now 15-2 this season. Senior Nate Bachmann is 19-3 at 157 lbs.

The RIT women’s basketball team is 5-3 after winning a pair of games over the weekend. RIT dispatched Cazenovia on Friday and then had 14 of its 15 players score in a 30-point win over Hilbert.

Freshman Danielle Weekes earned Rochester Area Colleges Athletics Female Athlete of the Week honors.

RIT finishes its 2007 schedule with a road contest at Clarkson on Sunday, December 30.


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