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NYU Track and Field Shine in New Jersey

Catch up on NYU Athletics games, matches and meets from the past week.
Sam Klein
First-year Owen Mountford competes in the shotput in a meet on March 24. Mountford won the discus at the TCNJ Invitational Saturday with a mark of 41.32m. (Photo by Sam Klein)

After defeating Hunter College twice this past Thursday, the NYU softball team lost four straight games to Brandeis University and are now 13-9 on the season.

In the first game against Hunter College, SPS senior Claire Stefanelli blasted a two-run home run to tie the game at 4-4. The two teams remained tied until the Violets scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth, as Stefanelli and CAS first-year Serena Ponciano each added an RBI. Meyers College of Nursing senior Scarlett Murphy entered in the fourth inning and pitched 3.2 scoreless innings to earn the fourth victory of the season, as the Violets secured the game 7-4.

In the second game against Hunter, the Violets dug themselves out of a 2-0 hole when Nursing first-year Sarah Mehrle hit a sacrifice fly to start the Violet comeback. In the fourth inning, SPS senior Ashley Mains added a two-run single to give the Violets a 5-2 lead. Stern first-year Maggie Swan pitched five innings to earn the win, improving to 4-2 on the season, as NYU added five more insurance runs to win the game 10-2.

The Violets return to action on Friday, April 12 when they travel to Atlanta, Georgia to take on Emory University in UAA conference play.

After defeating the City College of New York 17-4 last Sunday, the NYU baseball team lost four straight games to Case Western Reserve University at MCU Park this past weekend, and currently stands at 13-7 on the season.

On Saturday, the Violets dropped a pair of games to the Spartans when the two teams faced off as part of a doubleheader. Trailing 4-1 in the first game, Stern senior Ryan McLaughlin hit a two-run double to cut the deficit to 4-3. In the seventh inning, CAS senior Jack Elias added an RBI single to tie the game at 4-all, and in the next inning CAS first-year Zane Baker drove in a run to give the Violets a 5-4 lead. However, in the top of the ninth inning, the Spartans rallied for two runs to defeat NYU 6-5.

During the second game of the Sunday doubleheader, the Violets found themselves in another 4-1 hole after the second inning. SPS senior Nick Villanueva hit an RBI single to cut the deficit to 4-2, and in the eighth inning, SPS senior Colman Hendershot hit a solo home run, but the Violets fell to the Spartans 5-3.

The team returns to action on Friday, April 12, when it travels to St. Louis to take on Washington University in St. Louis in UAA conference play.

Men’s Volleyball
The NYU men’s volleyball team concluded its season by dropping two games to Vassar College and Lancaster Bible College this past week, ending its regular season at 12-10.

Against Vassar College, the Violets lost in five sets, 25-21, 23-25, 23-25, 25-18, 15-12. Stern junior Alex Li led the Violets with a season-high 23 kills, as CAS junior Matin Bikdeli dished out 48 assists. Tandon junior Neil Ferraro added nine kills and a team-high four blocks.

Traveling to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, the Violets lost to Lancaster Bible 25-23, 25-18, 25-20. Leading the Violets were Tandon junior Neil Ferraro and CAS junior Evan Lindley who finished with 11 and 10 kills, respectively. Stern first-year Ryan Whealen contributed with a match-best 28 assists.

The Violets resume action this Friday, as they take on MIT in the first round of the UVC conference tournament in Caldwell, New Jersey.

Men’s and Women’s Track and Field
The NYU men’s track and field team competed in two meets in New Jersey this past weekend — the TCNJ Invitational in Ewing and the Sam Howell Invitational in Princeton.

At the TCNJ Invitational, CAS first-year Owen Mountford won the discus with a mark of 41.32m. CAS junior Ben Karam placed second in the 1500m, and SPS senior Brandon Shirazi won the 3000m.

At Princeton, SPS senior Malcolm Montilus placed seventh in the 400m with a season-best time of 48.79. His brother, SPS junior Julian Montilus earned fifth place in the 400m hurdles with a time of 55.02.

The team returns to action on Saturday, April 13 when they travel to the Coach P Invitational at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

The women’s track and field team also competed at the TCNJ Invitational this past Saturday. CAS junior Evelyn Nkanga led the Violets by winning the triple jump with a season-best height of 11.55m. The Violets also secured a ninth-place finish in the 4x100m relay, as Stern sophomore Joanna Li, Tisch first-year Danielle Fuller, CAS first-year Anna Langlois and Gallatin first-year Grace Mautz combined for a season-best time of 53.67.

The team resumes action on Saturday, April 13 when they travel to the Coach P Invitational at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Men’s and Women’s Tennis
After defeating Vassar College 6-3, the men’s tennis team lost to Brandeis University 6-3 this past weekend, and is now 4-4 overall.

Against Vassar College, CAS senior Shrikar Kundur and Stern junior Vishal Walia won their doubles match 8-5. Walia also won his singles match 6-4, 6-1, and CAS senior Yanik Parsch won 6-3, 6-3 in singles. Against Brandeis University, Walia won his singles match 6-3, 6-3, and CAS sophomore Lucas Biondi won 6-3, 6-0. However, the Violets failed to win a doubles match and fell to Brandeis 6-3.

The Violets resume action on Thursday, April 11 when they host Yeshiva University in the Bronx.

The NYU women’s tennis team also lost to Brandeis University this past weekend, and now sits at 6-1 on the season. In singles play, Stern sophomore Anna Maria Buraya won her match 6-4, 7-5, CAS junior Coco Kulle won 6-2, 6-1, and Stern senior Vanessa Scott won 6-2, 6-0. However, the Violets could not win a doubles match and lost to Brandeis 7-2.

The Violets return to action on Saturday, April 13 when they host William Smith College in the Bronx.

A version of this article appeared in the Monday, April 8, 2019, print edition. Email Brendan Duggan 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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