It’s the Thanksgiving edition of the Wide World of Tiger Sports blog. It will be a very quiet weekend on campus with nary a home event and single road events for men’s hockey, women’s basketball and men’s basketball. Hope everyone enjoys the holiday, watches a lot of blowout football (Tennesee at Detroit, ugh!, Seattle at Dallas, yikes!), eat a lot of turkey, stuffing and all of the fixins, then wake up at 4 a.m. on Friday to brave the elements and shop (easily one of the most annoying parts of our society).
Last weekend, the men’s hockey team (5-7-1, 4-3-1 AHA) continued its trend of losing on Friday and winning on Saturday to split a pair of conference games at Connecticut. On Friday, RIT fell by a 2-1 score. On Saturday, the Tigers used a strong third period rally and won 5-4.
This weekend, the Tigers travel to UMass-Lowell to play against the Beacons, who are coached by former Tiger legend Blaise MacDonald. It is the first meeting between the two schools since the 1983 NCAA semifinals, which RIT won 4-1 en route to their first National Championship. Ironically enough, MacDonald was a standout defenseman on that RIT squad.
The men’s basketball team had an up and down weekend at the Rose Ciy Classic hosted by Drew University. On Friday, RIT struggled in a loss to St. Joseph’s, but rebounded to upend Thomas College behind career games from Mark Carson and Scott Young. Carson was named to the All-Tournament team and was named the RIT Male Athlete of the Week. RIT opens up conference play at Alfred on Monday, Dec. 1.
Congratulations to first-year Head Coach Amy Reed, who won her first collegiate contest, as the women’s basketball team defeated Morrisville on Sunday. Reed’s five freshmen combined to score 45 of RIT’s 61 points. Freshman Sharon Dennis was named the RIT Female Athlete of the Week and Empire 8 Rookie of the Week. RIT plays at Hilbert on Sunday at 2 p.m.
RIT’s women’s hockey squad stayed at #5 in the national rankings after two wins at SUNY Potsdam. The Tigers earned their first shutout of the season on Friday, then coasted to a 4-1 victory on Saturday. Freshmen scored eight of the 10 goals over the weekend. First-year standouts Ali Hills and Megan Kobar garnered ECAC West weekly honors.
Junior grappler Mike McInally was named the Empire Conference Wrestler of the Week after he placed first at 125 lbs. at the Red Dragon Invitational hosted by Oneonta State on Saturday. RIT placed eighth overall out of 11 teams.