First off, congratulations to Barack Obama on becoming our country’s 44th President. Secondly, I am so thrilled that all elections have been completed, because if I had one more local politician’s TV ad slandering their opponent shoved down my throat, I think I would have stopped watching television, period. Is there anything more annoying than that?
Hopefully, the men’s hockey team is back on track after two resounding wins over Holy Cross on Friday and Saturday. RIT won 5-1 on Friday behind three power-play goals and strong play by goaltender Louis Menard, who was named the Atlantic Hockey Goaltender of the Week on Monday.
This weekend, the Tigers travel to Niagara to play the Purple Eagles in a single, non-conference contest at 7:05 p.m. Niagara leads the all-time series, 4-3-3. Niagara is 2-0-1 against RIT since 2005. Last season, the two teams skated to a 3-3 draw at Ritter Arena. Niagara defeated RIT 3-2 on Nov. 19, 2005 at Dwyer Arena, and 5-3 at RIT on Jan. 6, 2007.
Women’s Soccer (9-6-2, 5-2-1 E8) secured the #3 seed in the Empire 8 Tournament after a 3-0 win over Elmira on Saturday. RIT plays #2 Nazareth in the Empire 8 semifinal at Ithaca on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. The two teams met just a week ago, with Nazareth pulling out a 2-0 win at RIT Field.
Volleyball (18-22, 5-3 E8) plays at Stevens on Saturday at 12 p.m. in the Empire 8 semifinal. RIT, the only team in the Empire 8 to make the conference tournament since it was implemented in 2002, will have its hands full with the Ducks, who went undefeated in conference play and are nationally-ranked with a 30-4 record.
RIT’s women’s hockey squad moved up to #6 in the national rankings after a tremendous 2-1, season opening win over Division I Robert Morris on Friday. Senior goaltender Sandra Grant was named the RIT Female Athlete of the Week after stopping 29-of-30 shots in the win. The Tigers open up conference play this weekend by hosting Neumann on Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 3 p.m.
The men and women’s swimming and diving squads host St. Lawrence in a single meet on Saturday at 1 p.m. Last week, the men won both of their meets against SUNY Oswego and SUNY Fredonia, while the women dropped both meets. Steve Rois of the men’s squad was named the Empire 8 Men’s Swimmer of the Week, while Caitlyn Burr of the women’s squad earned Empire 8 Women’s Swimmer of the Week honors.
The men’s soccer team (7-9-1, 3-3-1 E8) ended its 2008 season with big wins over Keuka on the frozen tundra known as the Turf Field on Wednesday and Nazareth on Saturday. The Tigers eliminated Nazareth from the Empire 8 playoff race, much like the Golden Flyers did to RIT last season. Bret Dietz was named the RIT Male Athlete of the Week and Empire 8 Men’s Soccer Player of the Week after scoring all three RIT goals.
Wrestling kicks off its 2008-09 season on Saturday and Sunday at the Ithaca Invitational.
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