Hello, I am Joe Venniro, Associate Director of Sports Information and I will be blogging about what to watch for in RIT athletics for the upcoming weeks and filling in the blanks on what you may have missed from the week before.
First off, the men’s hockey season is officially in full swing and the buzz on Monday morning was the disputed Colgate goal that tied the game at 5. Apparently, the puck never crossed the line. I was not in attendance, but my colleague, Steve Jaynes, Sports Information Director, was. He was at the other end of the rink and could not tell from his vantage point.
Regardless of the final outcome, the Tigers looked extremely sharp offensively, outshooting Colgate 42-34 and lighting the lamp five times on a team that plays in a very defensive-minded conference. If this is a preview of what the 2007-08 season is going to be like, then the horn at the Ritter Arena will be heard frequently.
Friday night’s contest is the third meeting between RIT and Bowling Green and second since the Tigers jumped to Division I in 2005. The first meeting did not go RIT’s way, but the men played one of their best games of that inaugural season that afternoon.
Head Coach Wayne Wilson and Associate Head Coach Brian Hills are Bowling Green alumni, both having enjoyed stellar careers playing for the Brown and Orange (sound familiar?). Hills was a 1983 Hobey Baker Award finalist and left Bowling Green as the school’s all-time leading scorer. Wilson was a captain on the 1984 team that won the NCAA Division I Championship.
We are just 11 short days away from the big game against Cornell at Blue Cross Arena. Hopefully, we can fill the place and give the Tigers a huge home-ice advantage. If you have not had a chance to buy tickets, here is more information on how and where to purchase them.
This is a huge weekend upcoming for the men’s soccer team, with home conference matches against Ithaca and Elmira that could decide who goes to the Empire 8 Tournament. The top four teams make the tournament. Ithaca is traditionally one of the strongest teams in the conference, so this will be quite a challenge. Saturday’s game begins a stretch of four games in eight days.
Jessica Schaffer of the volleyball team broke the 1,000 kill barrier, becoming just the 11th woman in the history of the program to do so. She is on the cusp of becoming just the fourth Tiger to have 500 kills and 500 digs (Christina Anabel – 2004, Tracy Wilt – 1998 and Krissy Caton – 1998). Nichole Boxler earned a Tiger weekly honor.
Congrats to the Colorado Rockies for getting to the World Series. If the Cleveland Indians get in, will the TV rating for the World Series be the lowest of all time? It will be good baseball, but will America watch if it isn’t Yankees, Red Sox or Mets? Will people stay up to watch the games that go past midnight?