RIT Tigers women's ice hockey

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RIT Tigers
Current season
RIT Tigers athletic logo
University Rochester Institute of Technology
Conference CHA
Head coach Scott McDonald
11th year, 201–125–26
Arena Gene Polisseni Center
Capacity: 4,300
Location Henrietta, New York
Student section RIT Corner Crew
Colors Orange and Brown[1]
NCAA Tournament Champions
Division III: 2012
NCAA Tournament Frozen Four
Division III: 2011, 2012
NCAA Tournament Appearances
Division III: 2007, 2011, 2012
Division I: 2015
Conference Tournament Champions
ECAC West: 2011, 2012
CHA: 2014, 2015
Conference Regular Season Champions
ECAC West: 2011, 2012
Current uniform

The RIT Tigers women's ice hockey team is one of two hockey teams representing Rochester Institute of Technology in suburban Rochester, New York. The team moved to NCAA Division I women's ice hockey as a member of College Hockey America, after many years at Division III as part of the ECAC West conference. The Bruce B. Bates Women's Hockey Coach is former Niagara University player Scott McDonald.


RIT added women's varsity hockey for the 1975–1976 season. After many years in the ECAC East, RIT moved to the ECAC West league for the 2007–08 season. The team made three NCAA tournament appearances at the Division III level, in 2007, 2011, and 2012, with a record of 5–2 in tournament games. They lost their lone game in the 2007 campaign to Amherst College. In their 2011 campaign, the lady Tigers lost at home, in the Frozen Four final, to Norwich University. In 2012, the Tigers won their first national championship, also on home ice, and also against Norwich University. It was the third-ever national championship for RIT's athletic program and first in women's sports.

On March 20, 2012, RIT announced that the women's team would move up to Division I for the 2012–13 season, as the men's team did six years prior. The Tigers have been admitted to the College Hockey America conference.[2]

After a successful first season at the division I level going 16–16–5, even after losing their first DI game 6–2 to the Mercyhurst Lakers, the tigers advanced to the CHA semifinals where they fell to the Syracuse Orange 2–1 in overtime. The next season was yet another season to remember. The tigers participated in the Frozen Frontier. A 10-day hockey festival at Rochester's Frontier Field. The Tigers fell to Clarkson University 6–2. The Tigers went on to win 11 out of their last 18 to win the CHA championship 2–1 in double overtime against the team that defeated them in their first ever division I game, the Mercyhurst Lakers.

In 2014–15, their first season at the 4,300-seat Gene Polisseni Center, the Tigers went 15–19–5 and finished in last place in the CHA. But they won every game in the 2015 CHA Tournament, beating Robert Morris, Mercyhurst, and then Syracuse, 2–1 in double overtime, to capture their second straight CHA championship. The trophy this year came with the CHA's first-ever automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, where the Tigers fell 2–6 to the eventual champions, #2 Minnesota.

Year by year[edit]

Won Championship Lost Championship Conference Champions League Leader
Year Coach W L T Conference Conf.
Finish Conference Playoffs NCAA Tournament
2016–17 Scott McDonald 7 27 2 CHA 4 14 2 6th CHA Won First Round vs. Penn State (2–1)
Lost Semifinals vs. Syracuse (0-4)
Did Not Qualify
2015–16 Scott McDonald 8 27 1 CHA 4 15 1 6th CHA Lost First Round vs. Penn State (0-2, 2–3) Did Not Qualify
2014–15 Scott McDonald 15 19 5 CHA 5 12 3 6th CHA Won First Round vs. Robert Morris (3–1, 1–0)
Won Semifinals vs. Mercyhurst (4–1)
Won Championship vs. Syracuse (2–1 2OT)
Lost in First Round vs. Minnesota (2–6)
2013–14 Scott McDonald 20 15 3 CHA 11 7 2 3rd CHA Won First Round vs. Penn State (3–2 OT, 2–0)
Won Semifinals vs. Robert Morris (4–1)
Won Championship vs. Mercyhurst (2–1 2OT)
Ineligible (transition year)
2012–13 Scott McDonald 16 16 5 CHA 7 8 5 3rd CHA Won First Round vs. Penn State (1–0, 3–2 OT)
Lost Semifinals vs. Syracuse (1–2 OT)
Ineligible (transition year)
2011–12 Scott McDonald 28 1 1 D-III ECAC West 16 1 1 1st ECAC West Won in Semifinal vs. Potsdam (6–1)
Won Championship vs. Plattsburgh (5–1)
Won in First Round vs. Concordia (Minn.) (5–2)
Won in Frozen Four vs. Plattsburgh (2–1 OT)
Won Championship vs. Norwich (4–1)
2010–11 Scott McDonald 26 2 2 D-III ECAC West 15 1 2 1st ECAC West Won in Semifinal vs. Utica (2–0)
Won Championship vs. Plattsburgh (2–1)
Won in First Round vs. Adrian (10–1)
Won in Frozen Four vs. Middlebury (5–2)
Lost in Championship vs. Norwich (2–5)
2009–10 Scott McDonald 19 5 3 D-III ECAC West 13 3 2 3rd ECAC West Won in First Round vs. Potsdam (5–0)
Lost in Semifinals vs. Elmira (1–2 OT)
Did not qualify

Award winners[edit]


Laura Hurd Award winners[edit]

ECAC West[edit]

Tournament MVP[edit]

  • 2011: Kourtney Kunichika '14
  • 2012: Kim Schlattman '13

College Hockey America[edit]

  • Mackenzie Stone – RIT, 2016–17 CHA Best Defensive Forward[3]
  • Caitlin Wallace – RIT, 2016–17 CHA Individual Sportsmanship[4]
  • Lindsay Grigg – RIT, 2014–15 CHA Best Defensive Forward[5]
  • Taylor Thurston – RIT, 2014–15 CHA Individual Sportsmanship[6]

Weekly Honors[edit]

  • Cassie Clayton, CHA Player of the Week (Week of March 9, 2015)[7]
  • Ali Binnington, CHA Goaltender of the Week (Week of March 9, 2015)

All-Star Honors[edit]

  • Terra Lanteigne – RIT, 2016–17 CHA All-Rookie Team[8]
  • Reagan Rust: 2015–16 CHA CHA All-Rookie Team[9]
  • Christa Vulglar: 2014–15 CHA CHA All-Rookie Team[10]

Tournament All-Stars[edit]

  • Ali Binnington, 2015 CHA Tournament MVP
  • Cassie Clayton, 2015 CHA All-Tournament Team
  • Lindsay Grigg, 2015 CHA All-Tournament Team
  • Morgan Scoyne, 2015 CHA All-Tournament Team

Player histories[edit]

Sarah Dagg was recognized as the 2011 ECAC West Player of the Year after contributing to the Tigers program-record 26 wins. In addition, she helped the Tigers to their first conference regular season and post-season championships. Her points total for the season was 18 goals and 24 assists in 30 games.

In her senior season, Dagg advanced to the 2011 NCAA Division III Championship game. In her four seasons at RIT, the Tigers accumulated a won-loss record of 85–17–7, while finishing as the Tigers all-time leading scorer. Her career totals stand at 63 goals and 91 assists, while competing in 109 games. She is the Tigers all-time assists leader while recording three consecutive forty point seasons. In addition, she is second all-time at RIT with 20 power-play goals, while she stands tied at first place in shorthanded goals with nine.

CWHL Draft picks[edit]

Player Draft year Selection Team
Sarah Dagg 2011 CWHL Draft 16 Burlington Barracudas
Katie Stack 2011 CWHL Draft 23 Toronto Furies
Erin Zach 2016 CWHL Draft 32 Toronto Furies
Jetta Rackleff 2016 CWHL Draft 52 Brampton Thunder

Professional signings[edit]

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