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Women’s Golf Wins UAA Championship in Dramatic Fashion

Here’s your sports weekly update for March 5 to 11.
Sam Klein
First-year John Gassler pitches in a game against SUNY Canton on March 11. (Photo by Sam Klein)

Men’s Track and Field

Competing at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships, SPS senior Malcolm Montilus placed sixth in the 400-meter race, earning him his first-ever All-American honor. Montilus ran the 400 in 48.49 seconds. After missing All-American honors by one spot last year, Montilus finished his indoor track and field career by earning the prestigious honor.

As a team, NYU men’s track and field tied for 51st out of 116 teams.

Women’s Track and Field

CAS junior Evelyn Nkanga represented NYU at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships in Boston this past weekend. As NYU’s only qualifier for the event, Nkanga finished ninth in the triple jump, one place away from earning All-American honors.

Although Nkanga missed All-American honors by six centimeters, she successfully qualified for NCAA Indoor Championships every year and looks to put up a fight in outdoor track and field this spring.

Men’s Volleyball

The NYU men’s volleyball team hosted second-ranked Springfield College in Brooklyn this past Saturday. After losing the first two sets 25-16 and 25-15, the Violets stormed back, capturing sets three and four 25-19, 25-23 respectively. In the final set, after a 12-12 tie, the Springfield College Pride squeezed out a 16-14 victory to win the match.

CAS junior Evan Lindley led the team with 13 kills and 10 digs. CAS junior Matin Bikdeli dished out 42 assists, Tandon junior Neil Ferraro tallied five blocks and Stern junior Alex Li finished with 10 kills, nine digs and two aces. The men’s volleyball team returns to action March 13 when they take on Hunter College.


The NYU baseball team improved to 4-0 after sweeping SUNY Canton this past weekend. The Violets hosted SUNY Canton at MCU Park in Brooklyn, winning 8-0, 13-3 and 6-3. In their 6-3 victory, Tandon senior Tim Salvadore pitched 4.2 innings, allowing no hits and one earned run. In the bottom of the third inning, the Violets broke the scoreless game with four runs, as Stern senior Ryan McLaughlin and LS first-year Zane Baker each added an RBI.

SUNY Canton cut the deficit to 6-3, but CAS senior Will Jauss and SPS sophomore Joe Prisco pitched perfect eighth and ninth innings respectively, with Prisco earning his first career save. The Violets return to action March 11, when they will host Farmingdale State College at MCU Park.

Women’s Tennis

The NYU women’s tennis team defeated Wellesley College 8-1 this past Saturday at the Stadium Tennis Center in the Bronx. The Violets improved to 4-0 and handed Wellesley its first loss of the season.

The team started doubles play strong with three wins; Stern sophomore Anna Buraya and Stern senior Fleura Shiyanova won the first match 8-2, Liberal Studies sophomore Kate Shaffer and Stern junior Rupa Ganesh won the second match 8-4 and Stern senior Vanessa Scott and Stern junior Judy Kam won the third match 8-5. The Violets continued to dominate in singles, and will return to action March 16 at the College of New Jersey.

Men’s Tennis

The NYU men’s tennis team lost to Haverford College 5-4 this past Saturday. Stern junior Vishal Walia and CAS senior Shrikar Kundur provided the Violets with their only doubles victory. In singles play, CAS senior Yanik Parsch won his match 6-2, 6-4. CAS junior Josh Piatos won his match 7-5, 6-2, and CAS sophomore Lucas Biondi won his match 6-2, 6-3.

The Violets now have a 2-2 record and will resume action March 16 at The College of New Jersey.

Men’s Golf

In its first competition of the spring season, the NYU men’s golf team competed in the UAA championships this past weekend in Palm Coast, Florida. The Violets defeated the University of Rochester in match play, finishing third out of four teams. Leading the way for the Violets, Tisch sophomore Robbie Keyes went 2-0 over the weekend. Stern first-year Joey Burlison clinched the third-place finish for the Violets by sinking a putt to give him par for the hole.

The Violets return to action next weekend when they will compete in the Jekyll Island Men’s Collegiate Invitational in Jekyll Island, Georgia.

Women’s Golf

The NYU women’s golf team won its fourth straight UAA Championship this past weekend in Palm Coast. Currently ranked seventh in the nation, the Violets recorded a score of 631, beating Washington University in St. Louis by one point and Carnegie Mellon by two points. SPS senior Patty Treevichaphan led the Violets, shooting a par-72, while Stern first-year Arshia Mahant shot a 77 on the second day, finishing tied for third place overall.

The Violets resume action next weekend when they will compete in the Jekyll Island Women’s Collegiate Invitational in Jekyll Island.

A version of this article appears in the Monday, March 11, 2019, print edition. Email Brendan Duggan at at [email protected].

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Brendan Duggan, Sports Editor
Brendan Duggan is a senior in CAS studying English and is captain of the NYU Men's Volleyball team. Growing up in Boston, the most successful sports city in the world, he has a passion for sports and Dunkin' Donuts. In his free time, Brendan enjoys hiking, traveling, and spending time with his family and chocolate lab. Follow him on Twitter @OfficialBDuggs.
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Sam Klein, Managing Editor
Sam Klein is a junior majoring in journalism and environmental science. He is interested in sustainable, large-scale farming and fishing as well as global economic development in the agricultural sector; he also supports eating insects. Outside of WSN he runs on NYU's cross-country and track teams. During his free time he enjoys photography, traveling, coffee and being outdoors. You can check out his work at or on instagram @samkleinphotography.

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