Congratulations to the RIT women’s volleyball team, who made the 2007 NCAA Tournament as an at-large team for the first time since 1999. RIT is 31-10 and will play Heidelberg College in the first round of the tournament at 6 p.m. Thursday at Wittenberg University in Ohio. It is a three-day, single-elimination tournament that will determine the final eight teams that will advance next weekend to Bloomington, Ill.
The men’s hockey team (2-3-0, 1-1-0 AHA) opened up Atlantic Hockey play with a home-and-home series with Canisius. As usual, a great crowd showed up to back the Tigers at the Ritter Arena on Friday night. Ricky Walton scored the game-winner for the Tigers in the third period on a penalty shot.
Saturday night however, was the exact opposite. For as good as the Tigers were last Saturday against Cornell, they were equally as bad on Saturday against Canisius at the Buffalo State Sports Arena. It was just one of those games were nothing went right and every defensive mistake seemed to turn into a goal for Canisius.
Thankfully for the Tigers, Saturday’s contest was just one of 35 regular season games this season. The Tigers will have to get that out of their system quickly because they have a two-game series against Air Force, the defending Atlantic Hockey champions at the Ritter on Friday and Saturday. These will be the final home contests before exam week and break, so let’s see another excellent crowd.
Goaltender Louis Menard has yet to lose an Atlantic Hockey Association contest game. He is 12-0 in conference games dating back to last season.
The women’s soccer team (9-6-2) made the postseason for the seventh consecutive season, as they will host Vassar in an ECAC Upstate Championship first round contest on Wednesday at 2 p.m. RIT is 1-2 all-time against Vassar and the two teams last played in 2004.
Cross country is in action on Saturday at the NCAA Regional Qualifier at Van Cortlandt Park in New York City. The men had a tremendous finish at the state tournament this past Saturday. A similar finish would give them a great shot at earning its second straight team berth in the NCAA Championships. The women, who were ninth last week at the State Championships, will look to qualify a few individual runners to the NCAA’s.
Wrestling began its season with a solid showing at the Ithaca Invitational. A few wrestlers picked up right where they left off a year ago. The grapplers host SUNY Oswego at Clark Gym on Saturday at 1 p.m.
Women’s hockey opened its 2007-08 season with a pair of wins over SUNY Oswego. the women received excellent contributions from its returning veterans and very talented newcomers. RIT won 4-1 on Saturday and 7-0 on Sunday. The women, ranked sixth in the nation, travel to Buffalo State this weekend to play the Bengals.
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