With the Spring sports season rapidly winding down, individual and team records are falling at nearly as great a pace as the temperature did from Monday to Tuesday afternoon. Nearly every team has had a noteworthy accomplishment, as the postseason begins for every squad this weekend.
Women’s lacrosse enters the 2009 Empire 8 Tournament already having set a school record with 12 victories. The Tigers have also set numerous team records this season, including most goals scored (189) and points (261). Senior goalkeeper Kelsey Evans was named the Empire 8 Goalkeeper of the Year for the third straight season this morning. She is second nationally with a .584 save percentage, 10th with 184 saves and 13th with an 8.43 goals against average. She will go over the 800-career save plateau on Saturday, and holds every career record at RIT.
The Tigers are the No. 2 seed in the 2009 Empire 8 Tournament and will play No. 3 Nazareth in the second semifinal on Saturday at Stevens starting at 2 p.m. No. 1 Stevens and No. 4 Fisher will play in the first semifinal at 12 p.m., with the two winners meeting on Sunday. RIT defeated Nazareth, 17-5 on April 4. It was RIT’s first ever win over Nazareth. Now, RIT has a chance to beat the Golden Flyers twice in one season.
Softball is the No. 4 seed in the Empire 8 Tournament will play at top-seed Ithaca in the double elimination format starting on Friday at 12 p.m. On Monday, sophomore shortstop Emily McPherson set the single-season home run record at RIT by hitting two in game one against Morrisville. McPherson now has eight homers in 34 games, breaking the old record of seven, set by Michelle Halleran in 2001. McPherson, the 2008 Empire 8 Rookie of the Year, is hitting .493 (34-for-69) with 26 runs scored, eight homers, seven doubles and 21 RBI, while slugging .971 in her last 21 games.
The Tigers have also set team marks with 17 home runs and 12 sacrifice flies.
Senior infielder Jeremy Tosh of the baseball team broke a 29-year old team record by driving in his 95th career run on Saturday at St. John Fisher, breaking the previous record of 94 held by RIT Hall of Famer Jeff Hall. Tosh became the first member of the RIT baseball program to record 100 RBI yesterday at Medaille. He also has done this in just three seasons, as Tosh was a pitcher only during his freshman season in 2005. Tosh also broke the single-season record for RBI yesterday, plating his 41st run of the year. Junior Geoff Dornes, the two-time defending Empire 8 Player of the Year, is three hits away from becoming the all-time hits leader at RIT. He has 156 hits in three seasons. If Dornes stays healthy and produces the way he has over the last three seasons, he will re-write the RIT baseball record book by this time in 2010. Sophomore Justin Smith tied the single season record for stolen bases, swiping his 23rd bag of the season. He shares the record with 2008 graduate Matt George.
The Tigers also host Rochester at RIT Field on Saturday at 11 a.m., during Imagine RIT. Come on out and check the Tigers out as they take on the powerful Yellowjackets. In addition, men’s tennis will be in the Empire 8 Tournament at RIT Courts (adjacent to U-Lot) against Stevens at 10 a.m. Saturday.
Track and field has a handful of athletes that have a chance to compete in the NCAA Championships, which will take place from May 21-23 at Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio.
Crew is at the New York State Championships, which will be held in Whitney Point, N.Y. on Saturday and Sunday. The women’s varsity four and novice eight are both seeded first in their respective races.
Men’s lacrosse missed the Empire 8 Tournament for the first time since the league moved to a tournament format in 2004. Amazingly enough, the Tigers defeated the top-two seeds in the tournament, Ithaca and Stevens this season. RIT cemented its fourth straight 10-win season with a victory in the regular season finale at Elmira on Tuesday. It is the first time RIT has enjoyed four straight 10-win seasons since recording eight straight, from 1982-1989.
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