Although the men’s hockey team lost both of its games last weekend, the Tigers played hard and well enough to win both games. The atmosphere on Friday was nothing short of electric. I came from the press box back down to the main lobby at Ritter Arena at 5:30 and there was a guy standing against the Aux Gym glass with a sign saying “Need 2 Tickets.” I bet we could have sold 3,500 tickets for Friday’s game, no problem, if we had the capacity.
How was the TV coverage on Friday? I still have not had a chance to catch a replay from TWCS-26.
On Friday, the Tigers fed off the crowd’s intensity, going up 2-0 after the first, but could not hold on, losing to Clarkson, 6-4. On Saturday, in a completely pro-RIT crowd (I don’t remember seeing more than a dozen St. Lawrence fans), the Tigers fell behind, but staged a furious third period rally that fell short.
This weekend, the Tigers open their conference schedule at Sacred Heart in what should be two excellent games. If the Tigers put forth the effort they played with last weekend in conference play, then it will be a phenomenal year.
The men’s soccer team (5-8-1, 2-2-1 E8) is essentially in playoff mode, tied for the fourth and final playoff spot in the Empire 8 with St. John Fisher and Nazareth and closing its conference schedule with the same two teams this Saturday and the following Saturday. Two wins and they are in. RIT played #10 Stevens to a scoreless draw last Saturday, before falling to Utica, 1-0 on Sunday. Alan Smith was named the RIT Male Athlete of the Week.
Women’s Soccer (7-5-2, 3-1-1 E8) moved closer to clinching a berth in the Empire 8 Tournament after a big 1-0 win at Stevens on Saturday. The Tigers handed Stevens its second straight home loss after the Ducks had not lost in 44-straight. RIT could practically clinch a spot with a win over Alfred on Wednesday. Ashley Conti was named the Empire 8 Defensive Player of the Week.
Volleyball (13-19, 2-2 E8), off for 10 days, gets back into the mix with a crucial conference weekend at Ithaca. The Tigers play Elmira in a crucial conference match on Friday at 4 p.m (see live stats here). that could decide both teams’ destiny in conference play. RIT has made the conference tournament every time since it was implemented in 2002.
Both the men and women cross country teams compete at the Saratoga Invitational, which also serves as the Empire 8 Championships. The men are shooting for their fifth straight Empire 8 Crown, while the women will try to knock off Ithaca, who are seeking their sixth straight crown.
RIT’s women’s hockey team hosts Burlington in an exhibition contest at Ritter Arena on Saturday at 7 p.m. The Tigers kick off their regular season on Halloween against Division I Robert Morris.
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