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The University Magazine

RIT players shine with spring season highlights

Tiger Profiles

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Emily Traversi, women's soccer.
Class year: 2009
Major: Civil engineering technology
Hometown: Acton, Mass.

What's the hardest part about the athletics season? Remembering to focus on class and homework instead of just focusing on whatever big game is coming up.

Hardest part of being out of season: Motivating yourself even when there is no instant gratification. You are preparing for something that could be as much as nine months away. It is also easy to fall into the trap of saying "at least I'm doing more than that person" when really you know you could do better, go harder, etc.

Favorite athletic moment at RIT: My favorite athletic moment for our team was our first ever RIT win against the University of Rochester because we all played really hard throughout the whole game and it paid off.

If the RIT men played the RIT women, who would win and what would the score be?: RIT women's soccer would dominate men's soccer by a score of 6-1.

Alan Smith, men's soccer.
Class year: 2009
Major: Electrical engineering
Hometown: Lancaster, Pa.

What's the hardest part about the athletics season? Without a doubt the toughest part about being in season is balancing your schedule. Classes alone are very demanding, so dedicating a portion of every day to soccer makes it even more difficult. Soccer and class definitely require time management.

Hardest part of being out of season: Not being able to practice as a team with your coach. Because of NCAA restrictions on Division 3 athletes, we aren't allowed to practice with our coaching staff.

Favorite athletic moment at RIT: During my first season here, we were playing Alfred in the semifinals of the Empire 8 and the game went to penalty kicks. I made two consecutive saves to clinch a win and to make it to the championship.

If the RIT men played the RIT women, who would win and what would the score be?: I think it's a little unfair because of the diffences phsyically, but if I had to put a number on it I'd say 10-0 (Men). I think we'd need a way to judge us technically without us playing head to head.

RIT athletics enjoyed a highly successful spring season, as several student-athletes garnered conference, regional and national accolades while a host of individual and team records were broken. Senior Stephen Burns became RIT’s first national champion in any sport since 1999, winning the javelin throw at the NCAA Outdoor Division III Track and Field Championships.

The RIT baseball team won 16 of 17 games late in the season to earn the top-seed in the ECAC Upstate Tournament. Sophomore Geoff Dornes earned Empire 8 Player of the Year honors for the second straight year. Senior catcher Ryan Tryt earned CO-SIDA ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American honors. Head coach Rob Grow ’88 (business administration) shared Empire 8 Coach of the Year honors.

Senior LaKeisha Perez of the women’s track and field squad completed a stellar career and was Senior Female Athlete of the Year.

The men’s lacrosse team played in the ECAC Upstate championship for the fourth time in the last five years. Seniors Andy Ruocco and Jacob Tuller earned All-Empire 8 first-team honors.

In women’s lacrosse, Sophomore Kelsey Evans was honored as the Empire 8 conference Goalkeeper of the Year for the second straight season and sophomore Eileen Hennigan scored 43 goals.

Emily McPherson was named the Empire 8 Softball Rookie of the Year, as the Tigers won 16 games.

Four RIT men’s tennis players earned All-Empire 8 honors, as the team finished the season with an 8-5 record and competed in the Empire 8 tournament.

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Joe Venniro