Unfortunately, the men’s hockey game against Air Force at the Blue Cross Arena did not go the way we all wanted it to. In the end, a great crowd (although 3,933 seemed about 700 low) cheered on the Tigers, but Air Force was the better team. The Falcons proved it the next night as well, defeating an upstart Mercyhurst team (playing its third game in three days), 5-4 in double overtime on Sunday evening (in front of a much smaller crowd).
In all, RIT had a successful season, finishing 19-12-6, and 16-7-6 over the last 29 games. A week ago, the Atlantic Hockey Association gave out their yearly awards, with RIT receiving fair representation.
Later in the day on Thursday, a big announcment will be made regarding a Tiger player and a prestigious award. Check www.ritathletics.com for the details.
This weekend, divers Quinn Donahoe and Matt Joseph set their sights on All-American berths and a possible national chamnpionship at the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships.
The weather in the Northeast is not doing any favors for any of our spring teams. Baseball and softball have home games scheduled for next week that most likely will not be played due to the deluge of rain, snow and cold. In fact, I don’t see either team hitting the field outside until the first week of April.
Men’s lacrosse (3-3) fell to #3 Cortland on Wednesday, but had two straight wins over Oswego and Hartwick before that. The Tigers are extremely young offensively. Sean Gillies was the RIT Male Athlete of the Week.
Women’s lacrosse (2-1) had a solid week, falling to a tough Geneseo squad last Tuesday, before defeating Allegheny two days later. Junior goalkeeper Kelsey Evans was the RIT Female Athlete of the Week and Empire 8 Goalkeeper of the Week for her strong play.
Now, as we all know, the next two days will be littered with sick and vacation days taken by millions of U.S. workers because of the NCAA Tournament. Sports bars and pizza shops enjoy excellent business during the next three weekends. Of course, everyone has an opinion on who will win. For recreational purposes only, my final four is Carolina, Kansas, UCLA and Stanford, with Carolina to defeat UCLA in the final. Real gutsy, I know. It’s inevitable, some mid-major will catch fire and destroy everyone’s picks. It seems like nobody has the guts, including myself, to pick one this year.
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