We went from no sun, no warm weather and no spring in sight to no rain, no sweatshirts, shorts, t-shirts and flip-flops in a span of what seems like 10 days. With that, a few short weeks (or games for some teams) remain in the 2007-08 RIT Athletics season.
The men’s lacrosse program (9-6, 6-2 Empire 8), riding a four-game winning streak, travels to Stevens to play the #2 Ducks in the Empire 8 Championship semifinal on Friday at 4 p.m. The Tigers, fresh off a dominating performance at rival Nazareth, are gunning for their second Empire 8 title in the last three years. Top-seeded Ithaca hosts #4 St. John Fisher in the other semifinal on Friday, with the championship game to played on Sunday at the site of the highest remaining seed. Seniors Dan Rago and Brad Conlon swept Empire 8 weekly honors for their performances against Naz and Utica.
Softball (16-18, 5-7 Empire 8), is off until Tuesday, when they travel to Keuka. The Tigers have an extremely small hope of qualifying for the Empire 8 Tournament after losing three of four games over the weekend to conference foes Nazareth and Alfred. Basically, they need Alfred to lose all four of its remaining conference games. Unfortunately for RIT, Alfred plays the bottom two teams in the conference. Emily McPherson keeps on raking, as she is hitting .540 (27-for-50) over the last 16 games. She was named the Empire 8 Player of the Week.
Baseball (12-11, 4-4 Empire 8) rediscovered its hitting stroke over the weekend, by pushing 53 runs across the plate in a four-game sweep of Utica. On Saturday, the Tigers picked up a marathon-like win. On Sunday, junior Matt Austin did something no other player in the history of RIT baseball has accomplished. Earlier in the week, the Tigers swept SUNY Oneonta, breaking a long losing streak. Now, the Tigers are enjoying a six-game winning streak and will look to push it to seven against Medaille on Wednesday and travel to Stevens to play the Ducks in back-to-back doubleheaders on Saturday and Sunday. Geoff Dornes was named the Empire 8 Player of the Week.
Women’s lacrosse (6-7, 3-5 Empire 8) wraps up the regular season by honoring its four seniors before Thursday’s contest against SUNY Brockport. The Tigers played valiantly on Tuesday at SUNY Fredonia, but were nipped at the end. Sophomore Eileen Hennigan became just the third member of the RIT women’s lacrosse program to net 40 goals in a season. Senior Amanda Crozier moved into second place in all-time scoring at RIT, with 138 points.
Men’s Tennis (8-4, 5-3 Empire 8) is riding a five-match winning streak and hosts the Empire 8 Tournament this weekend. The Tigers play Stevens in one semifinal on Saturday at 12 p.m. Complete tournament information can be found here. John Traver was the Empire 8 Player of the Week.
Outdoor track and field enjoyed a solid weekend at the 2008 Empire 8 Championships on Saturday. The men placed second, with several all-conference honors doled out. The women were also second. Sophomore Jamie Morey was named the Empire 8 Field Athlete of the Meet and earned a weekly honor after sweeping all three throwing events she entered.
With the NFL Draft just days away, I think it is safe to say that the draft system is flawed and needs a change. When it is formally announced that Jake Long, the offensive lineman from Michigan that the Miami Dolphins will have selected #1 overall, is already the highest-paid offensive lineman in the game, something is not right. Especially when nearly half of the first round selections will turn out to be busts. It’s great for the athletes, bad for the teams drafting and most of all, bad for the fans.
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