Several Rider teams will play on campus this weekend despite the closures due to Hurricane Sandy. Rider field hockey will host the NEC Championship semifinals on Friday, Nov. 2, beginning at 11 a.m. and the final on Saturday, Nov. 3 at 3 p.m. Men’s basketball will play the University of Scranton in Alumni Gym on Saturday, Nov. 3, at 4 p.m.
All team practices were canceled on Oct. 29 because of Hurricane Sandy, according to Don Harnum, director of Athletics. It is uncertain whether practices will be held the following days. Harnum said he will wait and see what the storm brings before making and further decisions.
The consensus from many of the teams is that canceling practices will not have much of an effect.
Field hockey Head Coach Lori Hussong said that the team typically takes Mondays off from practice after a game. Having Tuesday off too would not affect the team much either, she said. The team will practice Wednesday and Thursday as of right now, but the team will have a short rest.
“The team is still on campus, so the down time should be fun for them,” Hussong said. “This little break will allow them to enjoy winning their Championship and then we can get back to work on winning the Championship Tournament.”
The women’s basketball team looks forward to returning to practice as soon as possible, isn’t worried about the enforced break, according to senior forward Caitlin Bopp.
“I really don’t see this storm affecting the season coming up,” Bopp said. “It is a little difficult as of now with scheduling, but we are ready to go whenever we can get back in the gym, and we’re just ready to keep getting prepared for our next scrimmage.”
Men’s soccer Head Coach Charlie Inverso said that since the Broncs’ upcoming opponents are facing the same inclement weather, the cancelation of practices isn’t a problem.
“It should not affect us too much because our opponent, Loyola, is under the same restrictions,” Inverso said.
The men’s basketball team was able to hold its own practice without the coaches before the hurricane arrived, according to Head Coach Kevin Baggett.
“They were able to practice all our plays, get some shots up and scrimmage amongst themselves,” Bagget said. “Not sure how long Mother Nature will continue this storm. We were suppose to scrimmage [on Oct. 30] against a Canadian team but I’m not sure if that will happen. Players have to understand how to adjust so this is the first lesson in an early season.”