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Tiger men's teams push through to spring 1999 national semi-finals

LaCrosse
The similarities between this year's men's hockey and lacrosse teams were eerie. Bothfeatured the most prolific offenses in the nation and defenses that were second to none. Both pulled off big upsets and advanced to the semi-finals of the national tournament, and, to take these comparisons one step further, both lost in semi-final match-ups against Middlebury College.

The lacrosse team wrapped up the best season in the program's history (13-3) with a tough 15-14 loss to the Panthers. It was the most wins any RIT lacrosse team ever posted in the NCAA Tournament. Head coach Guy Van Arsdale recorded his 100th career win in the first round of the NCAA Tournament against area rival Nazareth College. His career record of 101-50 is the best in the program's history. Senior Ben Hunt also established a record for most points in a career with 274.

The men's hockey team finished the season 27-3-2 after losing to Middlebury and Norwich University in the Frozen Four of the NCAA Tournament this March. The Tigers advanced to the semi-finals after trouncing Amherst College in the regional playoff. The Tigers also won the ECAC West Tournament en route to the second seed in the NCAA playoff.

RIT was ranked as one of the top two teams in the nation the entire year. Forward Pat Staerker and defenseman Jerry Galway were named first-team All-Americans and head coach Eric Hoffberg was named the ECAC West Coach of the Year. One week after the Tigers completed a spectacular season, Hoffberg resigned after 10 memorable seasons. Under his tutelage, the Tigers played in five NCAA Tournaments, including two Frozen Four appearances. He finished with a 188-82-22 overall record. Wayne Wilson, a 13-year assistant coach at Division I Bowling Green State University, is now RIT head coach.