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Wide World of Tiger Sports – January 22 Sports

Kudos to everyone involved with the behind the scenes work involved with making attendance at both men’s hockey games and the men’s and women’s basketball contests on Saturday a great success.

I echo what my colleague Paul Stella wrote on Monday about the school spirit at other non-hockey athletic events at RIT. It would be great if we received school spirit from our students even remotely like this for all athletic events.

The men’s hockey squad (12-8-3, 10-5-3 AHA) made their move to the top of the Atlantic Hockey standings after a weekend sweep of Sacred Heart at the Ritter Arena. On Friday, Matt Smith passed a milestone, helping lead the Tigers to a 4-2 win on Friday. The following night, Brennan Sarazin’s game-winning goal lifted the Tigers to a 4-2 win.

Sarazin was named the RIT Male Athlete of the Week, while Simon Lambert was the Atlantic Hockey Player of the Week and Andrew Favot was the conference’s Rookie of the Week.

This weekend, the Tigers travel to the University of Connecticut to play the Huskies. RIT leads the all-time series 6-3-0. The two teams split the season series last season at Ritter Arena, with Connecticut winning 4-3 and RIT winning 4-2 the next night.

RIT’s home attendance has been excellent this season. Friday and Saturday’s sellouts were the second and third of the season for RIT, and the average attendance is 1,817 through 10 home games. If you take away the four home games played while the students were on break, the average attendance would be 2,067.

RIT’s women’s hockey team (10-5-0, 6-2-0 ECAC West), now #5 in the nation, had a landmark win on Saturday, defeating #1 SUNY Plattsburgh, 5-2 on the road. Amanda Klassen, who was RIT’s Female Athlete of the Week, scored a hat-trick in the win. Klassen now has nine goals in her last eight games. The win was RIT’s first over a #1 team and first over SUNY Plattsburgh.

The Tigers host Division I Sacred Heart on Friday and Saturday at the Ritter Arena. It will be their first home game since December 1.

RIT’s men’s basketball team (9-7, 3-4 Empire 8) won a tough game over Elmira on Friday, but lost a heartbreaker to Ithaca on Saturday.

The crowd on Saturday for both the men and women’s contests were easily the biggest crowd I have ever seen at a Tiger basketball game and from many accounts, quite possibly the largest crowd to ever see RIT hoops.

Both the men and women are back in action on Tuesday at Nazareth in big games for both squads.

Quinn Donahoe of the men’s swimming and diving team broke the 3-meter diving record for the second straight week. He was named the Empire 8 Athlete of the Week for the second straight time.

LaKeisha Perez was named the Empire 8 Female Track and Field Athlete of the Week for the second straight time.


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