Wide World of Tiger Sports – January 15 Sports

With the temperatures getting back down to what we are accumstomed to, the action inside RIT athletics is heating up.

The men’s hockey squad (10-8-3, 8-5-3 AHA) kept pace in the Atlantic Hockey standings. with a split at picturesque Air Force. The Tigers hit three posts in a scoreless first period and allowed two goals in the first 40 seconds of the second period in Friday’s loss. On Saturday, the Tigers overcame several obstacles to post a huge, 4-3 overtime win.

It is another big weekend for the Tigers as they make their way up the conference standings. Second-place RIT hosts second-place Sacred Heart on Friday and Saturday at Ritter Arena. Both teams are tied in the conference standings with 19 points and could move into first place by the end of play Saturday.

If it seems like a while since the Tigers last played at home, you are correct. Friday’s game will mark the end of a 10-game, 54-day stretch in which the squad played on the road. RIT went 6-3-1 during that span and moved from fourth to second in the conference standings.

RIT won both meetings between the two clubs at Sacred Heart last season. RIT shutout the Pioneers 4-0 on January 12, 2007 and recorded a 6-3 victory the next night. The Pioneers defeated RIT 8-5 in the only other meeting between the two teams on November 27, 2005.

RIT’s men’s basketball team (8-6, 2-3 Empire 8) went 2-1 at the 2008 J.P. Morgan Chase Scholarship Tournament, securing a fifth-place finish. RIT opened the week with a close loss against Nazareth, but came back with wins over Roberts Wesleyan and St. John Fisher to close out the tournament. Saturday’s win over Fisher was the first for the Tigers against the Cardinals since the 2003-04 season.

RIT is back in action this weekend, as they host Elmira and Ithaca in a pair of crucial Empire 8 matchups. RIT needs two wins to move up in the conference standings.

Women’s hockey is ranked #6 in the nation. The Tigers (9-4) complete their brutally tough eight-game stretch that had them face #5 Elmira College (went 1-1), Division I Robert Morris (two, one goal losses), #3 Middlebury (3-0 loss) and #7 Amherst College (3-1 win) and finish with #1 and defending national champion Plattsburgh on Friday and Saturday. 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 traveled to the Bud Whitehill dual meet at Lycoming College. The Tigers lost all four dual meets, but had some good individual performances.

The RIT women’s basketball team (7-6, 2-3 Empire 8) went 1-2 at the 2008 J.P. Morgan Chase Scholarship Tournament, securing a sixth-place finish. RIT opened the week with a loss against Roberts Wesleyan, but came back with a win over SUNY Geneseo before losing to SUNY Brockport to close out the tournament.

RIT is back in action this weekend, as they host Elmira and Ithaca in a pair of crucial Empire 8 matchups. RIT needs two wins to move up in the conference standings.

Men’s and women’s swimming and diving is back in action on Saturday, as they host SUNY Geneseo. The men earned an easy victory over Utica, as Quinn Donahoe broke the 3-meter diving record for what seems like the tenth time in four years. He was named the RIT and Empire 8 Athlete of the Week. The women pulled out a win over the Pioneers. Ellen McCooe was the RIT Female Athlete of the Week.

Men’s and women’s indoor track and Field hosts the RIT Invitational on Saturday. Both the men and women had good showings at the Syracuse Invitational last Saturday. LaKeisha Perez was named the Empire 8 Female Track and Field Athlete of the Week.

 

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