Fall Sports Flourish Amid Division II Preparations
The 2011 fall sports season has been a success for Raider Athletics on and off the playing field. In September, the Athletic Department announced that the College would be joining the NCAA Division II East Coast Conference (ECC) starting July 1, 2012. The ECC is a strong DII conference with most of its members located in and around the New York City/Long Island region. The Athletic Department anticipates the new conference will provide worthwhile competition and will generate new rivalries.
There has been a lot of construction and many upgrades to the athletic facilities on campus this summer and fall. The Soccer Stadium is undergoing a complete renovation. Locker room, varsity weight room, training room, concessions stand, and public restrooms are being constructed inside the stadium. The completion date is set for March 2012. On North Campus, two full-sized natural grass practice fields are nearing completion (set for use this coming summer). These fields will be used by the soccer and lacrosse teams in both the spring and fall.
The Men’s and Women’s Soccer teams made history in November after both teams qualified for the NAIA National Championships. Both teams traveled to Columbia, Ky., where the Raiders played Lindsey Wilson College. The Women’s team had never qualified for the NAIA National Championships, while the Men’s team hasn’t been to the NAIA’s in more than a decade. Even though the Raiders lost both games to Lindsey Wilson, the teams were able to end the 2011 season on a high note.
Men’s Soccer advanced to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) National Championships by winning the American Mideast Conference tournament for the first time since 1999. The Raiders defeated Houghton College, 3-2 in the semi-final and Point Park University, 1-0 in the final.
On the Women’s side, the team advanced to the American Mideast Conference AMC championship game after defeating Daemen College, 2-1 in the semi-finals. In the finals, the Raiders defeated Houghton College in penalty kicks after playing to a 1-1 draw.
The Women’s Cross Country team won the American Mideast Conference (AMC) championship this year and represented the conference at the NAIA Women’s Cross Country National Championships in Vancouver, Wash., on November 19. The Raiders finished the year ranked #9 in the nation after finishing the NAIA Championship with a 9 place finish.
Volleyball had a successful season, advancing to the semi-finals of both the AMC and NCCAA East Regional tournaments. The team’s biggest win came against LeMoyne College (NCAA DII), a team the Raiders had not defeated in four years.
Men’s Tennis won the prestigious Flower City Tournament in September for the first time. The tournament hosts the best teams in the Rochester area and is often described as the tennis version of the Wendy’s College Classic.Please support the Raider Club. Membership levels begin at $25. See our website for more details!
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