Weekend Wrap Up: Oct. 31-Nov. 2


Kyle Luther, Staff Writer


Starting off the 2014-15 season, the NYU men’s wrestling team placed seventh at the Monarch Invitational on Saturday in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Of the 12 wrestlers that competed for NYU, sophomore Matthew Coppola had the best finish, placing third in the 149-pound bracket. Coppola took third place, totaling five wins on the day. The Violets ended the tournament with a total of 54.5 points, while Roger Williams University won with 140 points.


The NYU men’s soccer team fell 2-0 to Washington University in St. Louis on Sunday. This is the second loss in a row for the Violets and the third time this season they have been shut out. The team’s record now stands at 11-5. While both teams took 10 shots, the Bears were able to put four shots on goal while the Violets could not put one on target.

Also facing off against Washington University in St. Louis on Sunday, the NYU women’s soccer team defeated the Bears 4-2. Although the Bears outshot the Violets 19-12, the Violets were able to capitalize on their chances. Senior forward Cami Crawford had the best game of the season, leading the team to victory with four goals.

Women’s Volleyball

The NYU women’s volleyball team finished the New York State Region Challenge on Saturday with a 1-3 record. The Violets split their matches on Friday, winning their first in straight-sets against Rowan University, but were then defeated in straight-sets by Nazareth College. The team had a tough Saturday, dropping the first game in five-sets against Clarkson University. They followed that up with another five-set defeat against the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Swimming and Diving

The NYU men’s swimming and diving team defeated Vassar College 204-62 in a dual meet on Saturday at the Palladium Athletic Center. The standout performance came from senior Austin Blease, who won both the one-meter competition with a score of 330.45 and the three-meter competition with a score of 313.36. Blease earned NCAA qualifying scores in both competitions for the second time this season. Senior Brian Blum also achieved a NCAA qualifying score in the one-meter competition of 281.18.

The NYU women’s swimming and diving team continued its streak at the third meet of the season, winning against Vassar College 199-87. Sophomore Ashlie Pankonin won the one-meter competition with a NCAA-qualifying score of 261.46. Freshman Austin Campitelli also recorded her first collegiate win in the three-meter competition with a score of 256.35.

Cross Country

The NYU men’s cross country team finished fourth at the UAA Championship on Saturday at Forest Park in St. Louis. The Violets are currently ranked 28th in the nation by United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. Three NYU runners finished in the top 20 and totaled 102 points. Senior Johnny Lake did best for the Violets, finishing the 8K course with a time of 25:25:95. The  other top-20 finishers for NYU were sophomore Herbert Gates, who finished 13th with a time of 25:44:01, and senior Sebastian Oja, who finished 18th with a time of 25:52:77.

Also at Forest Park, the NYU women’s cross country team came in sixth at the UAA Championship on Nov. 1 in St. Louis. The Violets, currently ranked 25th by the USTFCCCA, had two top-20 finishers and racked up 134 points. Senior Sarah Czuprynski finished the 6K course with a time of 22:17:70. The other top-20 finisher was junior Lily Corsaro, who finished with a time of 22:55:93.

A version of this article appeared in the Monday, Nov. 3 print edition. Email Kyle Luther at [email protected].