Bearcat Recap: Men’s soccer wins CUNYAC championship


Courtesy of Denis Gostev

Edgar Llivisupa, Sports Editor

The men’s soccer team won the CUNY Athletic Conference Men’s Soccer Championship after beating the Lehman College Lighting 3-1 at Brooklyn College on Nov. 8.

Goalkeeper Kellen Sala was selected Most Valuable Player after making six saves including a blocked shot in penalties.

Baruch failed to score first in penalties while Lehman failed its final three attempts. The game went into penalties after neither team scored in overtime.

Baruch scored first in the 23rd minute with a goal by midfielder Luis Munoz, with midfielder Bambaren Bianco assisting. It was his first goal of the season.

Lehman midfielder Eduardo Victorio scored the equalizer in the 86th minute after a pass from midfielder Mubarak Ouro following a free kick.

With its title win, the team automatically qualifies for the 2021 NCAA Division III Men’s Soccer Championship. Its first-round opponent will be the No. 1 Washington and Lee University Generals (14-1-2) on Nov. 12 at Watt Field in Lexington, V.A.

The Generals will appear in their sixth consecutive tournament as an at-large bid. The team lost by a 3-2 marginto Randolph College in overtime in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference semifinals.

Tufts University is the defending champion after the 2020 tournament was canceled due to COVID-19.

The men’s and women’s cross-country teams ended their season at the Eastern College Athletic Conference Championship in Milton, N.Y.

The men finished sixth place in the 8K. It’s the team’s best finish at the competition in history. Daniel Sedgh, 30:49.3, was the fastest Bearcat and 24th overall. Right behind was Riley Walz, 31:07.2. The third best runner, and 40th overall, was Samuel Grimmke with a time of 32:36.9.

Vassar College won the men’s championship. SUNY Maritime finished second and Pratt Institute third.

Paden Spencer, Pratt Institute, 27:39.7, was the race’s winner.

The women finished 10th place in the 6K. Amy Francisco, 38:54.4, was the fastest Bearcat and 61st overall. Three runners followed, Amy Zeng with a time of 39:49:4, Estalla Gualpa with a time of 40:27:1 and Guadalupe Valle coming in at 43:13:4.

St. Joseph’s won the women’s championship while Vassar College finished second and Fairleigh Dickinson University third.

Bridget Lapham from Fairleigh Dickinson University finished with a time of 26:26:6, making her the race winner.

The men’s and women’s swimming and diving meet against York College on Nov. 9 was postponed.