Although the Eagles won, 3-1, it couldn’t spoil the mixture of good feeling, friendship, and scrappiness. All eight women started the game; Samantha Hlavac, Hannah Wadsworth (Brighton), Pamela Chan, Margaret Lee, Christina Feller, Annie McEachron, Kerri Eden, and Shayna Levy.
In the shootout, Emily Thiel (Seattle, WA/Roosevelt), Rebecca Hext (Ottawa, ON/Longfields Davidson Heights) and Lauren Chester (Rochester, NY/Greece Olympia) each converted for RIT, while Sam Robinson, Brady Lynch and Ally Christman each scored for the Bombers. De Luca stepped up and buried her shot, and Salls came up with the big stop on Ithaca’s try.
It was Senior Day on the River Campus with the Yellowjackets honoring their nine seniors in pre-game ceremonies: Lasha Alkhazishvili, Nik Angyal, Ryan Aspenleiter (Pittsford Mendon), Patrice Douge, Milan Fatschel, Alec Hay, Bryce Ikeda, and Lucas Loescher. They also honored senior student manager Sarely Licona.
Brockport honored its 24 senior members in a ceremony prior to the game, celebrating the careers of Christian Hollister, Eric Yaeger, Rashad Baker, Cedric Campbell II, Jake O’Connell (Spencerport), Eamon Gillespie, CJ Bergmann, Matt Arita, Dylan Royce, Casey Goldberg (Brighton), Matt Szymanski, Tim Terry, Darnell Phillips, Tyler Laird, Caleb Ferdilus, Jacob Walker, Mike Ambrosio, Justice Honsinger, Austin Dean, Josh Kuliszekski, John Demy, Yunis Ashkar (Greece Athena), Terry McDonald and John Tucci.
On the ground, Malachi Duvall (Webster Schroeder) led the charge with 44 yards while Cleveland had three rushes for 17 yards and a touchdown.
Following the game Jeff Hibbard, Matthew Stefaniw (Eastridge) and Quintin Volpe were selected as SUNYAC all-tournament team, while Brockport goalkeeper Tautis Poniskaitis was voted tournament MVP.
Senior forward Erik Brown (Keene, Ontario/Kemptville 73’s) became RIT’s all-time leading goal scorer at the Division I level, as the men’s hockey team (3-3-1, 1-2-1 AHA) skated to a 2-2 tie at league foe Mercyhurst University (2-5-2, 1-2-1 AHA) from the Mercyhurst Ice Center Saturday evening…
Matthew Kaiser (Pittsford Sutherland) was able to get a shot off for the Cardinals that sailed just high of the net in the closing minutes of the first half, but Stevens added a second score to head into the halftime up two goals over Fisher.
Nazareth had two other scoring chances later in the half, each on direct kicks. Adams drilled a right-footed shot over the crossbar in the 34th minute. Then, with time winding down, Sam Smyth (Rush-Henrietta) blasted a shot that was punched aside by Alfred keeper Joe Gonzalez.
Jake Hamacher (Corona, CA/Dubuque Fighting Saints), Abbott Girduckis (Belleville, Ontario/Wellington Dukes) and Jordan Peacock (Burlington, Ontario/Burlington Cougars) scored for the Tigers. Goaltender Logan Drackett (Calgary, Alberta/Calgary Canucks) made 15 saves on 19 shots…