The Bearcat Beat: soccer, volleyball earn semifinal playoff wins
Baruch College's men's soccer team has completed its regular season, earning an overall record of 8-5-3 and a record of 5-1-2 in conference games, placing the team second in the CUNY Athletic Conference.
This season was a successful one, considering the program was taken over by Dima Kamenshchik, who was an associate head coach for 13 years before taking over. Baruch has not won the CUNYAC championship since 2014, and the team has not placed higher than fourth place in the standings or made it past the semifinal game in the past three years.
However, this year is looking more on the up for the Bearcats, with their second-place finish and their quarterfinal round bye. Their semifinal match against Lehman College was originally scheduled for Oct. 27, but due to weather conditions, the game was postponed to Oct. 30. The Bearcats defeated Lehman College 2-0 to secure a CUNYAC championship game berth.
The women’s volleyball team has also concluded its regular season after it traveled to SUNY Oneonta to participate in the college’s Dig Pink Invitational. The Lady Bearcats had a rough weekend, as they lost all three games. Their regular season record finished at 11-18, with a CUNYAC record of 5-3, which tied them for third in the standings.
Prior to its trip to Oneonta, the volleyball team matched in its final CUNYAC game of the season with the College of Staten Island. The Bearcats swept the CSI Dolphins 3-0 in what was their most important game of the season. The win guaranteed that Baruch would host its quarterfinal match at home in the ARC Arena.
This quarterfinal match took place on Oct. 30 at 6 p.m. against CSI. Baruch won the matchup 3-0 and moved on to the semifinal round.
Baruch’s men’s and women’s cross-country teams competed the last weekend of October at Van Cortlandt Park in the CUNYAC finals, where the men’s team finished third out of eight schools and the women finished fourth out of ninth.
The men were led by freshman Noah Bloomberg and sophomore Victor Carrano, who finished ninth and 11th in the race, respectively. The women were led once again by Wendy Gonzalez, who placed first in the race and was named CUNYAC Senior College Most Valuable Runner.
After the meet, both teams honored their graduating racers who have dedicated their hard work and time to perform their best each and every year.
Both teams’ next races took place during the ECAC Regional Finals on Nov. 3 in Milton, NY.