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Wide World of Tiger Sports – May 8 Sports

How time flies. A few months ago, we were digging out of 18 inches of snow during a weekend snowstorm. Now several local colleges are graduating, and the Lilac Festival is mere hours away. The spring season is rapidly winding down, as just one RIT team could be active by Sunday evening.

Men’s lacrosse
(10-7) was awarded the #2 seed in the 2008 ECAC Upstate Championship and will play #3 St. John Fisher on Thursday at 4 p.m. on the campus field. Top-seed Union will host #4 Nazareth on Thursday, also at 4 p.m. The championship game will be on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 11 at 12 p.m. at the site of the highest remaining seed. Five Tigers were named to the Inaugural Graph-Tex Division III New York State All-Region Team on Tuesday.

Six RIT Softball Players were named to the 2008 All-Empire 8 team on Tuesday. Emily McPherson was honored as the conference’s Rookie of the Year

Baseball (22-12, 11-5 Empire 8) is on an amazing roll, having won 16 of their last 17 games to earn the top seed in the 2008 ECAC Upstate Tournament at SUNY Oneonta this weekend. RIT swept four games from conference foe St. John Fisher last weekend, using dramatics on Saturday and offense on Sunday. The two teams may meet again for the fifth straight time on Friday.

The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle featured the baseball team in Wednesday’s college notebook. Geoff Dornes was named the Empire 8 Player of the Week, while Mike Marsillo was named the conference’s Pitcher of the Week.

Outdoor track and field competed at the NYSCTC Championships at the University of Rochester on Saturday. Both the men and women enjoyed good performances. The Tigers compete at Roberts Wesleyan on Thursday and the New York City Challenge on Saturday. Mike Hardbarger of the men’s squad was named the RIT and RACA Male Athlete of the Week, along with the Empire 8 Track Athlete of the Week. Adrienne Gagnier of the women’s team was the RIT Female Athlete of the Week.

I think this year’s NHL conference finals are hard to stomach if you are a Sabres fan. Obviously the Flyers being there, with ex-Sabres Marty Biron and Daniel Briere is hard to handle. That being said, the Penguins should dispatch the Flyers in five games to advance to their first Stanley Cup Final since the days of Super Mario. In the west, Dallas is on quite a roll right now and I wouldn’t be surprised if they won, but I think Detroit is just too tough. I was sold after watching the Wings absolutely destroy Colorado on the road in games three and four of the conference semifinals last week. Detroit will win the series in seven games.


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