Despite the men’s hockey season ending 10 days ago, accolades and announcements keep pouring in.
Last Thursday, Simon Lambert was announced as one of the 10 finalists for the 2008 Hobey Baker Award, college hockey’s most prestigious award. He is the first RIT player and only Atlantic Hockey standout to be a finalist for the award this year. To vote for Simon, click here.
Matt Smith signed a professional contract with the South Carolina Stingrays of the East Coast Hockey League. Last night, he scored his first professional goal and added an assist in a 5-2 win. South Carolina is affiliated with the Washington Capitals. Lambert, is also very close to signing a professional contract and should within days. Both players have already graduated and leave in excellent academic standing.
Divers Quinn Donahoe and Matt Joseph earned dual All-American honors at the 2008 NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships last weekend. Both were RIT Athletes of the Week, while Joseph was the RACA Male Athlete of the Week.
Baseball and softball have home contests scheduled this weekend, but unless we either get three consecutive dry, 55-60 degree days or a dome built, there is no chance of the games being played this weekend.
Men’s lacrosse (3-4) begins a five-game stretch of consecutive Empire 8 contests, with Elmira at home today and #3 Ithaca on the road Saturday. Although the Tigers are not off to start we have been accustomed to seeing in past years, a good beginning to the Empire 8 schedule and maka a huge difference.
Women’s lacrosse (2-1) is back in action this weekend after a 16-day hiatus, with tough home conference games against Nazareth and St. John Fisher. It will be a good measuring stick to see how the women stack up with the conference’s elite teams.
Men’s Tennis (1-1) will play perhaps its earliest ever match on Sunday, as they host Stevens at 8 a.m. (no church?) at the Gordon Field House. Once again, we can thank the weather for that. With it being too cold to play outside, the match had to be moved to the Field House. unfortunately, the Field House is tied up after noon, so in order to get the match in, 8 a.m. was the only option.
Outdoor track and field opens the season with the Battleground Relays hosted by Mary Washington College on Friday and Saturday.
After a winter sports season that lasted about six months, its weird to think that unless a team catches lightning in a bottle and makes a deep run towards an NCAA title, our spring season will be finished two months from now.
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