The leaves are falling, snow is on the horizon, so it is officially hockey season. The Tigers had a rough weekend, rallying to tie Sacred Heart 3-3 on Friday and losing to the Pioneers, 4-2 on Saturday. Tiger goaltender Louis Menard had two assists on Friday, becoming the first RIT goaltender to do that since RIT moved to Division I in 2005.
This weekend, the Tigers host Holy Cross in a pair of Atlantic Hockey Conference games. Last time Holy Cross was here, both teams put on a great show in the 2008 Atlantic Hockey Quarterfinals. On Friday, there will be a Halloween Costume contest as well.
Women’s Soccer (8-5-2, 4-1-1 E8) moved closer to clinching a berth in the Empire 8 Tournament after a 6-1 win over Alfred on Wednesday. Senior Emily Traversi scored a hat-trick for RIT, as she was the first Tiger to do that in five years. Traversi was named the RIT and RACA Female Athlete of the Week. RIT could finish as high as second in the conference standings if they beat both Nazareth and Elmira this week. A win or two ties would clinch the #3 seed for RIT.
Volleyball (16-20, 5-3 E8) won three of four matches in Empire 8 play last weekend to gain a spot in the conference tournament in two weeks. On Friday, rallied from two certain defeats to defeat Elmira and Hartwick. On Saturday, RIT fell to Nazareth, but defeated Alfred. Vic Petko was named the Empire 8 Player of the Week. RIT is now the only team in the Empire 8 to make the conference tournament since it was implemented in 2002.
RIT’s women’s hockey scored three goals in the first 3:44 in a 5-2 exhibition win over Burlington. The Tigers kick off their regular season on Friday afternoon against Division I Robert Morris. RIT is ranked seventh in the season-opening USCHO.com poll. Interesting that Elmira is #2 nationally, when the Soaring Eagles were picked to finish third in the ECAC West conference behind RIT.
Both the men and women’s cross country teams finished second in the Empire 8 Championships on Saturday. The women had three runners earn All-Empire 8 honors, while the men did as well. Senior Mike Brindak of the men’s sqaud was named the RIT Male Athlete of the Week.
The men and women’s swimming and diving squads kicked off the seasons with two totally different results last week. The women ambushed Alfred, while the men were soundly defeated. Last night, the roles were reversed. The men soundly defeated SUNY Oswego, but the women lost to the Lakers.
The men’s soccer team (5-9-1, 2-3-1 E8) was eliminated from Empire 8 playoff contention after a 1-0 loss at St. John Fisher on Saturday. The Tigers close their season against Keuka on Wednesday and Nazareth on Saturday.
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