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Wide World of Tiger Sports – November 12 Sports

This weekend, the men’s hockey team (3-5-1, 2-1-1 AHA) host Army in a two-game series at Ritter Arena. Last time out on Friday, special teams did the Tigers in, as Niagara scored four power-play goals and a shorthanded goal in handing RIT a 6-2 loss.

Being at that game, there were a few calls at end of the first period that were among the most egregious and incorrect that I have ever seen. Of course, the calls were on RIT and swung the momentum clearly in Niagara’s favor. That being said, RIT did have 13 power-plays, including a full two minutes of 5-on-3 time in the second period and did not take advantage.

Women’s Soccer (9-7-2) fell to Nazareth in the Empire 8 Tournament on Saturday. Fortunately, you will have another chance or two to see the Tigers in action, as they were selected to host the 2008 ECAC Upstate Championship at RIT Field on Saturday and Sunday.

In addition, six Tigers earned 2008 All-Empire 8 honors on Tuesday.

(18-23) had its season ended by #25 Stevens in the Empire 8 Semifinals on Saturday. RIT played well, but could not get over the hump and pull off a huge upset. Junior middle hitter Vic Petko the season with a team-high 545 kills (sixth-best in one season at RIT) and 144 blocks. Senior setter Nichole Boxler finished the season with 1,281 assists and compiled 4,258 for her career, fourth-best all-time at RIT.

RIT’s women’s hockey squad moved up to #5 in the national rankings after sweeping Neumann in a pair of penalty-filled games over the weekend. On Friday, the Tiger power-play reigned supreme in a 6-1 win. The following day, RIT needed to kill off 18 Neumann power-plays (no misprint there) and scored two shorthanded goals in an 8-2 win. This weekend, RIT goes south down I-390 to play former perennial men’s rival and now budding women’s rival and top-ranked Elmira. Should be an interesting two games.

Both the men’s and women’s cross country teams are at the NCAA Atlantic Regional meets, which will be held in Canton, N.Y. Last weekend, the men placed sixth at the NYSCTC Championship, while the women were fifth.

The men’s and women’s swimming and diving squads picked up resounding wins over St. Lawrence on Saturday afternoon. Steve Rois of the men’s squad was named the RIT Male Athlete of the Week, while Caitlyn Burr of the women’s squad (who is undefeated in single events) earned RIT Female Athlete and Empire 8 Women’s Swimmer of the Week honors. It his her second straight Empire 8 weekly nod. The Tigers are off for the next four weeks until they host the Don Richards Invitational from Dec. 5-7.

Wrestling opened its 2008-09 season last weekend with a 12th place finish at the Ithaca Invitational. Senior Luke Baum tied a school record with his 109th career victory. RIT opens its dual meet season at SUNY Oswego on Saturday.

Finally, congratulations to the eight new members of the RIT Athletics Hall of Fame, who were inducted last Saturday at the Student Athletic Union.


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