Weekend Wrap-up: Oct. 18-19

By Michael Thompson, Contributing Writer

Cross Country

The NYU men’s and women’s cross country teams competed at the Connecticut Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 18. The men’s team finished first out of 18 teams, beating a field of teams that including United States Coast Guard Academy, Connecticut College and Brandeis University. One standout was reigning Eastern College Athletic Conference Metro Runner of the Week Sebastian Oja, who finished first with a time of 25:42. Freshman Max Mudd finished in 13th with a time of 26:21, while seniors Dharan Kadiyala and Johnny Lake finished 14th and 16th with times of 26:23 and 26:26, respectively.

The women’s team finished fourth in their 19-team field, ahead of rival Brandeis University in the 6K race and just two points behind third place Stevens Institute of Technology. Senior Sarah Czuprynski led the way for the Violets, finishing 11th with a time of 22:52. Junior Lily Corsaro and freshman Maggie Lalowski finished in the top 25, with respective times of 23:05 and 23:21.

Both teams will return to action when they compete in the UAA Championship at Washington University in St. Louis on Nov. 1.

Women’s Volleyball

After getting off to a good start, the women’s volleyball team finished a disappointing 1-3 at the UAA Round Robin #2, which was hosted by the University of Chicago this weekend. The Violets easily defeated the University of Rochester in a straight set victory. Senior Katie Robinson led the way with a match-high 13 kills, while sophomore MaTia Hughes led the team in digs with 17. Juniors Ashley Toth and Emily Moore contributed to the team effort with 14 and 12 assists, respectively. However, the ladies were defeated in their second match in straight sets by Emory University. Even in defeat, sophomore Josie Luck played well with five kills and nine digs. In all, six different Violets had at least three kills against Emory. The next day did not turn out any better. The Lady Violets dropped both matches of the day, losing to Carnegie Mellon University in straight sets before dropping their final match against Case Western Reserve University 1-3. The team is now 17-11 on the season.

Men’s Soccer

The men’s soccer team suffered a tough 2-1 defeat against Carnegie Mellon University on Sunday, dropping to 11-3 on the eason. After Carnegie Mellon’s Connor Webb scored in the seventh minute to put the Tartans up 1-0, the Violets’ sophomore Reece Barton tied the game in the 55th minute with his third goal this season. However, the Violets were struck with a bit of bad luck in the 62nd minute. After keeper Lucas Doucette blocked Webb’s penalty kick, it ricocheted right back to Webb, who scored on the second chance and gave Carnegie Mellon the lead for good. NYU will look the regroup against the College of Mount Saint Vincent on Oct. 28 at 7 p.m.

Women’s Soccer

Carnegie Mellon University also proved to be kryptonite for the women’s soccer team on Sunday. The fifth-ranked Tartans beat the 23rd-ranked Violets 1-0. Although the Violets were outshot 15-4 in the match, the score remained 0-0 until the 68th minute. A header off of a corner kick proved to be the difference, and Carnegie Mellon improved its record to 11-1, while the Lady Violets’ record fell to 9-4-1. The team will  play at St Joseph’s College Long Island on Oct. 21.

A version of this article appeared in the Monday, Oct. 20 print edition. Email Michael Thompson at [email protected]