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Wide World of Tiger Sports – January 29 Sports

It was a fairly quiet weekend on campus this past weekend, with just swimming and women’s hockey hosting events. That didn’t mean the rest of the department was quiet. With the New York Giants in the Super Bowl, our office was flooded with media requests.

Why you ask? The answer is that Tom Coughlin, current Giants head coach, was the RIT head football coach from 1970-1973. Coughlin was 16-15-2 from 1970-73. In 1970, the Tigers went 4-3 and were 5-2-1 the following season. He finished his reign as Tiger head coach with a 4-5 mark in 1972 and a 3-5-1 record in 1973. Coughlin left RIT to become the offensive backfield coach at his alma mater, Syracuse, in 1974.

Everyone, from our local media, to the New York Post, have asked about Coughlin’s first head coaching gig at RIT. Mike Vaccaro from the New York Post does an excellent story on Coughlin’s beginnings. It looks like RIT has a significant rooting interest for Super Bowl XLII.

The men’s hockey squad (12-9-4, 10-6-4 AHA) had a less than stellar weekend, scoring just one goal against Connecticut in a loss and tie. Fortunately for RIT, the rest of the conference’s upper echelon struggled, as the Tigers expanded their lead to three points in the Atlantic Hockey standings. It was a case of running into a hot goaltender, as Connecticut’s Beau Erickson stopped 70-of-71 Tiger shots on the weekend.

This weekend, the Tigers host American International. RIT leads the all-time series 9-1-1. RIT is 1-1 against the Yellowjackets this season. AIC defeated the Tigers, 4-1 on Dec. 7, while the Tigers rebounded for a 5-0 victory the next night. The last time the two teams met at the Ritter Arena, RIT recorded 8-3 and 8-0 wins over AIC on Oct. 20 and Oct. 21, 2006.

Hopefully, we can keep the sellout streak going.

RIT’s women’s hockey team (12-5-0, 6-2-0 ECAC West), fifth in the nation, took two games from Division I Sacred Heart, scoring four first period goals en route to a 6-2 win on Friday and recording a 3-1 win on Saturday.

This weekend, the women face Utica in what will prove to be a tough series. Utica just defeated #7 Elmira on Sunday and are just outside the national rankings. If RIT can get through this weekend unscathed, they have a good chance to win their final six regular season games, as the combined record of their opponents is 13-34-6.

RIT’s men’s basketball team (9-8, 3-5 Empire 8) suffered a tough loss at Nazareth on Tuesday. The schedule does not get any easier, with road games at Ithaca on Tuesday and Stevens on Super Bowl Sunday.

Kristen Curtze of the women’s swimming and diving was named the RIT and Empire 8 Athlete of the Week. The women defeated William Smith on Tuesday, but fell to LeMoyne on Saturday.

The men’s swimming and diving team used its depth to defeat LeMoyne on Saturday.

Both swimming and diving squads compete in their final home meets on Saturday against the University of Rochester at 1 p.m.

Track and field competed at St. Lawrence on Saturday. The men placed fourth, while the women were fifth.

Wrestling was at the Thiel Tomcat Five on Saturday, with good results. Jason Wake was the RIT Male Athlete of the Week.


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