With the weather outside being frightful, winter is
a great time to catch up on some sports action in a
nice toasty arena. Here is what Tiger fans can look
forward to this winter sports season.
With a four-game winning streak already under its belts, the men’s
hockey team is looking to maintain an intimidating presence in the
Atlantic Hockey Conference. The team has defeated such hefty opponents
as St. Lawrence, Army and Holy Cross. In their last five seasons, the men’s
hockey team has won the Atlantic Hockey Association Regular Season
Championship four times, with their last win occurring last year in the
2010-11 season. For the second straight season the Tigers advanced to
the AHA Championship, finishing the year with a 19-11-8 record.
With the addition of several sought-after freshmen and the return of
such offensive powerhouses as fourth year Marketing major Cameron
Burt and third year Criminal Justice major Bryan Potts, the Tigers are
already one of the highest scoring teams in the conference, second only
Fourth year Business Management major and goalkeeper Shane
Madolora has already made over 100 saves in his first five starts, with
first year Psychology major Jordan Ruby just under that mark in his first
The Tigers return to Ritter Arena December 9 at 7:05 p.m. to face
currently eighth—ranked American International University.
Allowing only three goals in their last five games, the women’s hockey
team has won their first eight matches. The team began last year’s
championship season in a manner similar to this year with 13 straight
victories to start the season — a women’s hockey record.
Outscoring their opponents 150-26 in 29 games last season, the team
won its first ECAC West Conference and competed in the NCAA
Division III Women’s Ice Hockey National Championship. In this, the
team’s fifth year as a program, the women promise to bring bigger scores
and accolades to an already impressive legacy.
After helping lead the team in her rookie season, second year Packaging
Science major Kourtney Kunichika and second year University Studies
major Kolbee McCrea are again proving a persistent offensive force,
quickly becoming team leaders in both goals and assists.
With a balanced trio of third year Diagnostic Medical Sonography
major Carley King, second year Business Administration major Laura
Chamberlain and first year Business Management major Ali Binnington
in goal, the girls have combined for 122 saves in the Tigers’ first eight wins.
The team will be back in conference action at Ritter Arena December
2 at 7 p.m. versus last-place Chatham.
Opening with two wins in a pair of non-conference road games, the
men’s basketball team has already jumped to 2-0 for the season. The
team will be going right into tournament play, only beginning their foray
into the Liberty League at the second half of the season with 16 straight
games against their new opponents, opening with last season’s third place
finisher and Liberty League champion, respectively. After finishing 11-14
last season (8-8 in Empire 8), a Liberty League preseason poll projects
the Tigers to finish fifth this season.
After losing star shooter Anthony Terry, fourth year Electrical
Engineering major Justin Heisig and fourth year Mechanical Engineering
major Brendan Harder will shoulder much of the offense. Heisig, who
was one of last season’s leaders in field goals, rebounds and steals, has
already contributed over 30 points to his team’s success.
The men’s basketball team will return to Clark Gym January 3 at 7
p.m. in a non-conference game against the University of Rochester. The
team’s first Liberty League home game will be held on January 13 at 8
p.m. against St. Lawrence.
After starting the year strong with a 15-point win in their first match of
the Dickinson Tournament, the women’s basketball team lost their next
two games by similar deficits in non-conference play. After finishing last
year 6-19, the team was picked to finish seventh in the Liberty League
Returning last year’s three top scorers, including Liberty League Co-
Performer of the Week for November 20 and second year Business
Management major Courtney Tennant, the team is looking to its many
veteran players to help the team face its new opponents. With many
players stepping up and some just getting revved up, the team stands to
do well this season.
The women’s basketball team will return to RIT December 13 at 7 p.m. to face the University of Rochester.
INDOOR TRACK & FIELD
After losing several prominent athletes to
graduation, the men and women’s indoor track
and field team still have many team leaders who
promise to continue the team’s success. Last
season the men’s team finished third out of ten
teams at the 2011 New York State Collegiate
Track Conference Championships while the
women finished fifth out of ten.
Third year Illustration major Cameron Lee
had consistently strong times to end last year’s
indoor season, helping lead his team to a
second place finish in the 4 x 400 meter relay as
part of the ECAC Division III Indoor Track and
Field Championships. Fourth year Computer
Science major Kate Dubuisson was another top
performer, earning second in the mile run in
the Empire 8 Championship.
The team will be facing all new opponents
this season, including St. Lawrence University
and Renesselaer Polytechnic Institute. The
team will compete in the RIT Invitational at
the Gordon Field House January 14 at 10 a.m.,
the first of two invitationals to be hosted by RIT
SWIMMING AND DIVING
The women’s swimming and diving team
has gotten off to a shaky start, losing their first
three matches of the season. But where the
women’s team has struggled, the men’s team
has done the opposite, winning their first three.
Last season’s Empire 8 Championship saw the
women finish 12th out of 14 teams while the
men place seventh of 13.
First year Engineering Exploration major
Samantha Huselstein is already working to help
strengthen the team, consistently winning the
one-meter and three-meter diving events for
the women. On the men’s side, two individuals
have already won Liberty League Swimmer
of the Week honors: Second year Biomedical
Engineering major Kevin Hom and second year
Mechanical Engineering Technology major
The Tigers will be competing in the Liberty
League Championships December 2 — 4 at
RPI, and will be returning to RIT’s Judson Pool
January 21 to face LeMoyne College at 1 p.m.
Already two matches and two tournaments
in, the men’s wrestling team is off to a strong
start. The team has won both of their individual
matches against SUNY Oneonta and SUNY
Oswego, and has taken a second place finish
out of 11 teams, just behind Cortland. Last
season saw the team finish eighth of nine teams
in the Empire 8 Championships.
With the loss of standout star Mike McInally,
the team has seen many wrestlers step up to
propel the team forward. Many upperclassmen
continue to impress, including third year
Software Engineering major Nick Fuschino,
third year Industrial Engineering major Tyler
Brent, each with three pins, as well as fourth
year Criminal Justice major Sean Sercu.
First year Criminal Justice major Tory Cain is
progressing toward a similar rampage, already
pinning four victims and taking eight matches.
The team will be hosting the RIT
Invitational at the Gordon Field House
December 3 at 9:30 a.m.