"Dave Rothenberg Day" set for April 21; NYIT alum and ESPN co-hosts DiPietro, Canty to attend men's lax game

"Dave Rothenberg Day" set for April 21; NYIT alum and ESPN co-hosts DiPietro, Canty to attend men's lax game

OLD WESTBURY, N.Y. — Former New York Islanders goaltender Rick DiPietro was playfully teasing ESPN radio co-host Dave Rothenberg on the air about the caliber of athletics at NYIT late last year. And Rothenberg, who earned a communications degree at the Old Westbury campus in 1997, proudly came to the defense of his alma mater.

"He was making fun of the athletics and New York Tech, and I was like, 'They have good athletics,'" Rothenberg recalled.

Now, Rothenberg will get to show off the caliber of the athletics program to DiPietro firsthand.

NYIT Athletics has declared April 21 "Dave Rothenberg Day." And Rothenberg, DiPietro and ex-Giant Chris Canty, who co-host the 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. slot on ESPN New York 98.7, plan to attend the men's lacrosse game against LIU Post that day at 4 p.m. as part of the celebration. The radio hosts will preside over a ceremonial faceoff among other activities.

NYIT men's lacrosse is the four-time Division II national champion. The Bears, ranked eighth in the USILA coaches poll, opened their 2018 season with a convincing 16-9 win against 11th-ranked Mercyhurst last Saturday.

Next up is a meeting in Old Westbury with No. 1 Merrimack on Sunday at noon.

Rothenberg was active with the Campus Slate newspaper and Long Island News Tonight television show during his time on campus in the 1990s.

Now, in addition to hosting the midday radio show on ESPN in New York, Rothenberg also hosts "The "Fantasy Focus" on ESPN national radio on Sunday mornings during the NFL season, along with Eric Karabell and Bobby Carpenter.

"I'm looking forward to meeting people and seeing the sports programs, shaking hands and introducing myself, and getting back to New York Tech Athletics," Rothenberg said. "It sounds like it's doing really well.

"You know, I grew up in Roslyn — Glen Cove Road, behind the shopping center there, up by the LIE, where Kitchen Cabaret is. Right behind there is where I grew up. I used to commute to school. It was a great experience, and we did great things there, so I have a lot of pride. I'm just excited to get back and see how the program is running and meet people."