It’s nice to see the campus bustling with action after a two-week siesta. I was able to spend some time relaxing in the Hudson Valley for the holiday (although I was up at 5:30 on Black Friday, shopping on the computer and then down to the Nyack mall with my future in-laws). I laugh at all of the people that woke up and ran outside to get all of the Walmart specials, when I could have bought most of the same specials on the computer in my bed without braving the crazy shoppers.
Otherwise, the vacation is over for RIT athletics, with every team in action this weekend. I travel to Air Force with hockey this weekend to see some good action and some excellent scenery, courtesy of the majestic Rocky Mountains. In addition, the campus of Air Force is among one of the most visually stunning I have ever seen.
Last weekend, the men’s hockey team (5-8-1, 4-3-1 AHA) fell to #17 UMass-Lowell in a non-conference contest. Matt Crowell scored twice and added an assist for the Tigers, earning RIT Male Athlete of the Week honors.
This weekend, the Tigers travel to Air Force to play the Falcons, ranked #10 in the nation. Air Force finally lost its first game of the season on Saturday, after winning 13 straight to start the year. The Falcons are enjoying a dream season, leading the nation in several categories. It will be a major challenge for RIT, no question. The two teams have developed quite a strong rivalry, with this weekend’s games being the 14th and 15th against each other in the last four seasons. Air Force is 6-5-2 against RIT since 2005.
The men’s basketball team battled to beat Alfred on Monday night in the Empire 8 opener. The Tigers will endure two tough contests this week, as they travel to Rochester to play the Yellowjackets tonight and go down the road to play Nazareth on Saturday. Both teams made the 2008 NCAA Division III Basketball Tournament.
RIT’s women’s basketball team enjoyed a big win over Hilbert on Sunday to move to 2-2. Freshman Sharon Dennis was named the Empire 8 Rookie of the Week for the second straight week. Kelly Votolato was named the RIT Female Athlete of the Week. RIT hosts Rochester on Wednesday at 7 p.m. The Yellowjackets come in undefated and ranked fourth nationally. On Saturday, the Tigers open Empire 8 play at Nazareth.
RIT’s women’s hockey squad stayed at #5 in the national rankings for the third straight week. RIT is back in action on Wednesday with a home contest against Hamilton and then travel to Oswego to play the Lakers in a pair of ECAC West contests on Friday and Saturday.
The Tiger wrestling squad hosts the 14-team RIT Invitational on Saturday, starting at 9:30 a.m. Hopefully a few of the Tiger grapplers can earn some top finishes.
RIT’s men’s and women’s swimming and diving also hosts the Don Richards Invitational this weekend at the Judson Pool. Teams included are RIT, Alfred, Hartwick, Ithaca and Nazareth. The three-day tournament begins on Friday at 6 p.m., continues on Saturday at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. then concludes on Sunday at 10 a.m.
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