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Women’s Cross Country Team Has Five Top 10 Finishers

A recap of everything NYU athletics from August 30 to September 2.
Sam Klein
First-year Siena Moran has been the top NYU finisher at all three meets this fall, leading the Violets to a ninth-place regional ranking. (Staff Photo by Sam Klein)

Men’s Soccer
The men’s soccer team started off this season on a low point, but has been making improvements in its two games so far. In their first game of the year, the Violets lost at Ithaca College on Aug. 30, 4-0. 

The men showed improvement in their second match, despite similar results as they fell 2-1 to Hobart College in extra time the next day. The Statesmen opened the scoring in Geneva, NY, in the 47th minute when senior Binjo Emmanuel scored on a penalty.

 NYU then tied the game up in the 50th minute when Stern sophomore Oliver Kleban scored the Violets’ first goal of the season, unassisted. This score held until the 106th minute when Hobart senior Nate Cary scored the game-winner. Despite the second straight loss, NYU showed clear improvement, outshooting Hobart in the losing effort. 

Men’s soccer is now 0-2 on the season and returns to the pitch on Sunday, Sept. 7, at Rutgers University-Newark at 2:30 p.m.

Women’s Soccer
The women’s side of NYU soccer is off to a hot start through their first two games this year, beating Rutgers University-Newark 2-0 and Vassar College 3-1. 

The first of the two impressive wins came on Aug. 30, when the Violets dominated Rutgers University-Newark on shots, out-shooting them 18-4 overall and 13-2 in terms of shots on target. NYU only scored once, however, when Liberal Studies senior Julia Raith was assisted by Liberal Studies first-year Gabriella Funk in the 58th minute. The other score came earlier, from a Rutgers own goal in the 10th minute. These two goals and Stern junior and goalkeeper Meghan Marhan’s ninth career shutout sealed the win for the Violets.

Two days later, on Sept. 1, the Violets took down Vassar College 3-1. It was a back and forth game as NYU scored first in the 48th minute with a goal by CAS senior Isabella De Almagro. Then in the 63rd minute, Vassar tied the game at one with a goal from sophomore Gabi Tulk. From there, NYU scored two more goals in the latter part of the second half with goals from CAS senior Alex Benedict and CAS junior Sam March. 

You can see the team in their next competition against St. John Fisher College at the Stevens Engineering Cup in Hoboken at 2 p.m. on September 7. 

Men’s Cross Country
Both of NYU’s cross country teams participated in the Ramapo College Season Opener at Deer Path Park in Flemington, New Jersey, on Aug. 30. The men had a successful meet, with strong performances from five first-years who all placed in the top 20 of the 5k race. Liberal Studies first-year Josh Holtzman finished the race in 16:40, good for third in the 121-person race.  Liberal Studies first-years Alex Evans and Liam de Beaufort placed seventh and 10th with times of 16:56 and 17:13 respectively. CAS first-year Aidan Katson and Tandon first-year Mubeen Zainul also finished in the top 20. 

NYU ended the meet with 49 points. Ramapo College placed first among the nine teams with 23 points. The Violets’ next meet will be the Ron Stontisch Invitational in Poughkeepsie, New York, on Sept. 7.

Women’s Cross Country
The women’s side of the Ramapo College Season Opener saw NYU take home a lot of hardware. Five of the top 10 finishers in the 5k race represented NYU, and the Violets went on to win the meet. 

Steinhardt first-year Siena Moran won the 85-person race with a time of 20:09. CAS first-year Leah Haley finished in 20:32, good for third place. Stern first-year Julia Mao, CAS sophomore Gabrielle Stankosh and CAS junior Anna Kaufman rounded out the top 10 at seventh, ninth and 10th place. College of Nursing first-year Lindsey Nelson and CAS first-year Milly Ames also finished in the top 15, at 12th and 13th place.

Between these and other strong finishes, NYU won the meet with 30 points 22 less than second place Stevens Institute of Technology. They look to keep up this momentum at their next meet — the Ron Stontisch Invitational in Poughkeepsie, New York, on Sept. 7.  

Women’s Volleyball
The women’s volleyball team has started their season going undefeated in their first three games. The Violets swept Buffalo State, Wheaton College (MA) and Pratt Institute this weekend at NYU’s Brooklyn Athletic Facility. 

The first of these sweeps on Aug. 30th saw NYU grind down Buffalo State, winning 25-19, 25-13 and 25-11. NYU out-blocked Buffalo State 13-0 while using 13 of its 18 players. Team leaders included CAS sophomore Gretchen Kincade with 8 kills, CAS junior Jacqueline Kupeli with 15 digs and Stern first-year Nicole Dao with 21 assists. 

On Saturday, the Violets swept both teams in their double-header, beating Wheaton College (MA) 25-17, 25-21 and 25-17 and Pratt Institute 25-18, 25-21 and 25-19. In the second match Kincade again led the team in kills with 10, while CAS sophomore Veronica Johnson led the team with 15 assists, and Kuleli again tallied the most digs with 18. In the final match of the weekend, the Violets kept Pratt winless, with a more balanced lineup. No player for NYU marked more than five kills, but six had more than four. Kupeli again led the team with eight digs, and Dao had the most assists with 11. 

The Violets return to the court on Tuesday, Sept. 3, at 7 p.m. when they take on Arcadia University in Glenside, Pennsylvania.

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Benjamin Michael Davis
Benjamin Michael Davis, Deputy Sports Editor
WSN’s most bitter midwesterner is a sophomore in CAS studying Politics who has embraced a lifestyle and schedule founded upon his love of chaos. You can often find him out until 6 or 7 a.m. and awake again by 9 or 10. Why does he average less than four hours of sleep each night? How does he spend these hours awake? Typically by wandering the streets, working on essays he should’ve started weeks ago or loudly questioning why people don’t believe in such obvious inevitabilities as climate change or the Twins winning the next three World Series.
Sam Klein
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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