Happy 2008 to all, as the Wide World of Tiger Sports is back after a great holiday season. The winter sports kick into high gear, while the spring athletes will be in the spotlight before you know it.
The men’s hockey squad (7-7-3, 5-4-3 AHA) ended 2007 with a bang, as they made school history, defeating their second ranked team of the season, upending #12 Minnesota in the first round of the Dodge Holiday Classic behind two goals from Matt Smith on Saturday. Unfortunately for RIT, they ran into a buzzsaw in #14 Boston College on Sunday. RIT trailed 1-0 after two periods and had a couple of great chances to tie the game, but the Golden Eagles scored five goals in the final 17 minutes to pull away. It was RIT’s first meeting against both Minnesota and Boston College.
When RIT faced American International on December 7-8, neither crowd in West Springfield exceeded 200 fans. The Minnesota contest was the largest crowd RIT players have seen, as 10,048 were in attendance to see the historic RIT win. The largest crowd RIT had played in front of previously was 8,314 at the Omaha Civic Auditorium at University of Nebraska-Omaha on Dec. 12, 1998.
This weekend, the Tigers return to Atlantic Hockey play, as they play Holy Cross on Friday and Saturday. It is a big weekend for both teams as they jockey for position in the conference standings. RIT is fourth, while Holy Cross is seventh. However, just two points separates the teams.
RIT’s men’s basketball team (5-5, 1-3 Empire 8) is back in action on Friday as they host Empire 8 newcomer Stevens Institute of Technology. Stevens is another tough opponent for RIT, as the Ducks are undefeated and ranked #16 in the nation.
Stevens is also the alma mater of Dr. Destler.
Women’s hockey remained #5 in the nation, . In an eight game stretch the Tigers (8-3) will have faced #6 Elmira College (went 1-1), lost two to Division I Robert Morris by a goal. The Tigers will play #2 Middlebury and #4 Amherst College on Saturday and Sunday and then #1 and defending national champion Plattsburgh on January 19 and 20. It is unquestionably the toughest eight-game stretch the Tigers have ever seen and quite possibly the toughest road any Division III team will endure this season.
The wrestling team is back in action on Saturday, as they travel to the New York/Pennsylvania dual meet at Lycoming College at 1 and 3 p.m. Sophomore Mike McInally is ranked sixth in the latest Brute/Adidas NCAA III rankings at 125 lbs. He is now 15-2 this season. Senior Nate Bachmann is 19-3 at 157 lbs.
The RIT women’s basketball team contined its strong play and improved to 6-3 after defeating Clarkson on Sunday even though the injury bug hit hard. RIT was without three of its top players due to various injuries.
The Tigers host Stevens in its lone contest of the week on Friday evening. The Ducks are undefeated in conference play so far this season.
Here’s to a great New Year.
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