It would not be an RIT spring break if we didn’t get pounded with some kind of winter storm. Of course, action in the athletics world is at its peak, with postseason for winter sports in full swing and the spring sports officially underway.
The men’s hockey team (17-11-6, 15-8-5 Atlantic Hockey Association) will play in its first postseason contests as a Division I this weekend in a best-of-three series against Holy Cross. RIT is the #2 seed in the Atlantic Hockey Tournament, while Holy Cross is #9. Information for this weekend series can be found here. Come and support the squad, as two wins this weekend lifts the Tigers to the Blue Cross Arena next weekend.
RIT comes into the weekend on a roll, riding a five-game unbeaten streak (3-0-2). Last weekend, RIT knocked off Bentley by identical 5-2 scores to close out the regular season. On Friday, an unlikely trio led the way, while Anton Kharin scored twice on Saturday.
Simon Lambert earned Atlantic Hockey Player of the Month for the second straight month and third time this season.
RIT’s women’s hockey team (19-6-0), ranked #5 nationally, has a shot to make its second straight NCAA Tournament with a good showing at the ECAC West Tournament in Plattsburgh this weekend. All four teams in the tournament are nationally-ranked, which shows how strong the top of the ECAC West is.
Three RIT wrestlers will compete at the NCAA Championships this weekend. It is the first time RIT has had three wrestlers compete at the tournament since the Reagan Administration.
Four men’s hoopsters earned All-Empire 8 honors.
The RIT women’s basketball squad (12-12) wraps up its season this week as they compete at the ECAC Upstate Championships. It is the second straight postseason berth for the squad. Three Tigers earned All-Empire 8 accolades.
Mike Hardbarger of the track and field squad broke a school record for the third straight week and was named Empire 8 Athlete of the Week, while the Tigers had a good showing at the New York State Championship.
Senior Quinn Donahoe picked up his second straight Empire 8 Diver of the Year honor, while Jeff Kaemmerlen had a tremendous weekend at the New York State Championships. Seven athletes earned All-Empire 8 honors.
The RIT men’s lacrosse team opened its 2008 season with a win over Gordon on a typical early March day in Western New York. RIT, ranked #15 in the current USILA.com poll, faces its first tough test on Wednesday, at #10 Roanoke.
While lacrosse is still thawing out from last weekend’s game, both the baseball and softball teams start their 2008 seasons down south. Baseball is in Myrtle Beach, while softball competes in Orlando.
Something tells me neither team is sympathetic for the rest of us who had to scrape a 1/3 of an inch of ice off our cars this morning.