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Wide World of Tiger Sports – October 15 Sports

Check out Thursday’s Democrat and Chronicle for a nice preview of this weekend’s games and a gigantic full-page “Meet the Tigers” page.

The men’s hockey team opened up its fourth season of Division I play with strong performances at Bowling Green and Western Michigan over the weekend. The Tigers squandered an early lead in the loss to Bowling Green on Friday, but rebounded with a big win at Western Michigan on Saturday. The game on Saturday was quite possibly the best officiated college hockey game I have seen. Penalties were called consistently on both sides and it made for a very good early season contest.

Freshman Tyler Brenner was named the Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Week, while Jared DeMichiel was named the RIT Male Athlete of the Week.

This weekend, the Tigers open their home schedule against Clarkson on Friday at the Ritter and St. Lawrence on Saturday at Blue Cross Arena in downtown Rochester. The Clarkson game is already sold out. Who knows, maybe there are some tickets on stub-hub or ebay now if people need them. Ideally, we surpass last season’s attendance of 5,142 fans against Cornell at the Blue Cross Arena on Saturday against St. Lawrence.

The men’s soccer team (5-7-0, 2-1-0 E8) enjoyed an eight day break before defeating Daemen on Monday. The Tigers face a crucial weekend in the Empire 8, as they host nationally-ranked http://www.stevensducks.com/sports/msoccer/ on Saturday and Utica on Sunday.

Women’s Soccer (6-5-2, 2-1-1 E8) got back in the win column after defeating Oswego on Tuesday. The Tigers face a stiff challenge on Saturday with a tough contest at Stevens.

RIT’s women’s tennis squad completed its dual meet season (9-4, 7-1 E8) with a strong showing in the Empire 8 Championship, finishing as the runner-up behind Ithaca. Sara Paduano was named the RIT Female Athlete of the Week. The Empire 8 announced its 2008 awards on Wednesday and the Tigers were well represented, with five athletes earning honors, including Amanda Berg, who was the Player of the Year in a landslide vote.

Volleyball (13-19, 2-2 E8) fell to SUNY Brockport on Tuesday, as seniors Nichole Boxler, Kate Gleason and Heidi Little were honored. Junior Vic Petko became just the 12th player in the history of the volleyball program to record 1,000 career kills.

Both the men and women cross country teams are back in action after a week off when they compete at the SUNY Albany Invitational on Saturday.


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