The Bearcat Beat: Basketball teams kick off highly anticipated 2018 seasons
Both the Baruch College men’s and women’s swimming teams started their new seasons against William Patterson University on Oct. 23 in the Athletic Recreation Center at Baruch. The women went on to win 107-98 and the men 106-99.
The next match for the women came against Adelphi University and Queens College on Nov. 8, during which they were defeated by Queens 49-46 and by Adelphi 67-28. The men also had a meet against Adelphi, but they were able to come out victorious with a score of 115-93.
Nov. 10 was a packed day for Baruch athletics as the basketball teams opened their seasons and the soccer and cross-country teams had their NCAA matchups.
The cross-country teams competed in the NCAA Division III Championships at Gloucester County Dream Park in Logan Township, New Jersey. Both the men’s and women’s teams placed 42nd.
The men’s soccer team had its matchup in the 2018 NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship Tournament, where the Bearcats faced the Messiah College Falcons, the No. 1 Division III soccer team in the nation.
It was not a good day for Baruch as the team was defeated 5-0 by the undefeated Falcons. The Bearcats finished with an amazing season, as they had a few players named all-stars.
Freshman Javier Crespo was named to the 2018 CUNYAC/USS Men’s Soccer All-Stars First Team, with his teammates Cormac Foley, Jacob Gorodetsky and Stanley Goldberg named to the Second Team. Baruch also had senior Bakary Kida named to the All-Sportsmanship Team.
The women’s basketball team opened up its season at home against Drew University, where the Bearcats were defeated by the Drew Rangers 74-43. Sophomore Melinda Spahiu led the team with 17 points. The team’s next game against Yeshiva University turned out much better for the Bearcats. They were led once against by Spahiu with 26 points and 12 rebounds, but she had much help from graduate transfer Samantha Genco, who scored 23 points in her second game as a Bearcat. With this great production, Baruch defeated Yeshiva 74-66.
The men’s basketball team faced off against Kean University in its first game of the year, which was a great one for the Bearcats. Baruch had a very efficient game, shooting 54 percent from the field and 44 percent from the three-point line. Seniors William Sixsmith and Andre Harris lit up the court, as Sixsmith finished with six 3-pointers and a total of 21 points while Harris finished with a 16-point and 11-rebound double-double. Baruch controlled from start to finish in its 82-63 home victory.