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The Bearcat Beat: Men’s soccer captures 2018 CUNYAC Championship

The Baruch Bearcats men’s and women’s cross-country teams competed in the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III Cross Country Championships in Milton, New York on Nov. 3.

The women finished in eighth place with CUNY Athletic Conference champion Wendy Gonzalez, who placed 22nd overall with a time of 29:27.7. The men were not able to place, but they were led by Victor Carrano, who placed 26th with a time of 32:37.4.

The CUNYAC Tournament for women’s volleyball began for the Bearcats on Oct. 30. Baruch’s very own Athletic Recreation Center has been the home to the CUNYAC Championship Tournament.

The women’s volleyball team began their playoffs matched against the College of Staten Island Dolphins.

The Bearcats controlled the entire match as they cruised to a 3-0 sweep with scores of 25-15, 25-22 and 25-19. Anita Sengara and Katherine Chen both had outstanding games to lead the team to their dominant victory. Sengara finished with 20 kills, and Chen finished with 28 assists, four aces and three blocks.

With the victory over CSI, Baruch was locked in as the No. 4 seed in the tournament.

The next matchup was up against the top-seeded and defending CUNYAC Champions, the Hunter College Hawks. The matchup took place after a match between the No. 2 Brooklyn College Bulldogs and the No. 3 John Jay College Bloodhounds, in which John Jay was able to come out with the 3-1 victory.

In the semifinal matchup between the Bearcats and the Hawks, Hunter was able to edge out over Baruch to move on to the CUNYAC finals. Hunter won by a 3-0 sweep with scores of 25-12, 25-14 and 25-21, in which they tallied 35 total kills in their dominating match. Baruch was led once again by Sengara, who was named to the CUNYAC All-Tournament Team. Hunter went on to win the CUNYAC Tournament once again.

The Baruch College men’s soccer team is now the CUNYAC Champion after their victory over the College of Staten Island Dolphins.

Their run began after they were given a bye round in the quarterfinal, after finishing in second place in the CUNYAC standings during the regular season.

They immediately moved on to the semifinal round, in which they faced off against the Lehman College Lightning Bugs.

This matchup was scoreless and very competitive into the 70th minute when Alexey Arefev scored off of a penalty kick. This broke the tie, giving the Bearcats the 1-0 lead,  and it was soon extended to 2-0 when Natari Mohammed assisted Shaiem Allah Morad on the next goal.

In the championship match against CSI, it was even more competitive than the last. It was the matchup between the two top CUNYAC teams.

The scoring opened up in the 29th minute with a goal by Staten Island’s Bryant Navarro off a deflection. Navarro then followed up his first goal with another in the 58th minute, and it was looking like the top-seed Dolphins had the championship locked up.

However, Baruch’s Ricardo Llanos cut the lead in half with a goal in the 64th minute with an assist by Javier Crespo.

With just under five minutes remaining in the game, Llanos again put the ball in the back of the net with the assist coming from Mohammed. With a 2-2 tie, the game went into overtime.

Neither team was able to score in overtime, which forced the game to be decided by penalty kicks. Both teams traded makes on their first three attempts, but CSI followed with a miss. Mohammed then came up clutch for his team as he was able to give the Bearcats a 4-3 lead. Freshman goalie Kellen Sela forced a miss on the next penalty kick in order to clinch the CUNYAC Championship for the Bearcats. Llanos was named the tournament MVP.

The Bearcats will now prepare for their first-round matchup in the NCAA DIII Men’s Soccer Tournament, where they will face off against the Messiah College Falcons on Nov. 10.

Baruch’s swimming teams and basketball teams will begin their upcoming season very shortly. Swimming will open against the Adelphi University Panthers and Queens College Knights. Basketball begins with the women facing the Drew University Rangers and the men facing the Kean University Cougars.

November 12, 2018

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