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Wide World of Tiger Sports – February 5 Sports

Congratulations to former RIT Head Coach Tom Coughlin on winning Super Bowl XLII with the New York Giants. The Democrat and Chronicle ran a great story on Coughlin’s influence on his former Tiger players on Sunday. In addition, former RIT players met at the Radisson on Sunday to watch their former coach make history.

The men’s hockey squad (13-10-4, 11-7-4 AHA) fired 83 shots on goal in two games, earning a split against American International. On Friday, the Tigers could not catch a break, hitting two goal posts en route to a 3-1 loss. On Saturday, sophomore Justin Hofstetter recorded the first <a href=”“>two-goal game of his collegiate career, lifting the Tigers to a 5-2 win.

This weekend, the Tigers play a home and home against Canisius. The Tigers host the Golden Griffins on Saturday and travel to Buffalo to play Canisius on Sunday. RIT and Canisius split a home-and-home series on Nov. 2 and Nov. 3. Ricky Walton’s penalty shot goal with 8:25 left in regulation broke a 3-3 tie and gave RIT a 4-3 win on Nov. 2. The following night, Canisius won 6-2. The Tigers lead the all-time series between the two clubs, 45-13-1. RIT is 5-3-0 against the Golden Griffins since moving to Division I in 2005.

RIT’s women’s hockey team (13-6-0, 7-3-0 ECAC West), fifth in the nation, earned a hard-fought split against #10 Utica over the weekend. The Tigers ran into penalty trouble, fell behind and had a furious rally come up just short on Saturday. The next day, RIT stayed out of the penalty box and rebounded with a 3-1 win.

The Tigers are at last-place Chatham this weekend. The combined record of RIT’s next two opponents is 4-31-3 this season.

RIT’s men’s basketball team (10-9, 4-6 Empire 8) had a 1-1 week, winning at Ithaca, but losing at Stevens. The Tigers are unfortunately in a position where they have to go at least 5-1 if not 6-0 over their last six conference games to qualify for the Empire 8 Tournament.

Freshman Brianna O’Dell scored 38 points in two games last week, but it wasn’t enough, as the women’s basketball squad lost to Ithaca and Stevens.

Caitlyn Burr of the women’s swimming and diving squad was named the RIT Female Athlete of the Week. The women defeated SUNY Brockport on Wednesday, but fell to Rochester on Saturday.

The men’s swimming and diving team used its depth to defeat SUNY Brockport on Wednesday and Rochester on Saturday.

Both swimming and diving squads compete in their final home meets on Saturday against Nazareth at 1 p.m.

Track and field hosts the 2008 Empire 8 Indoor Track and Field Championship on Sunday at the Gordon Field House. Information for the event can be found here.

Wrestling enjoyed a great performance at the 2008 John Summa Invitational hosted by Baldwin-Wallace on Saturday. Junior Luke Baum was named the Most Outstanding Wrestler of the Tournament. He was also named the RIT and RACA Male Athlete of the Week.


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