Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Seasons Begin
By Owen Russell
After having their first meet of the year postponed, the Women’s Cross Country program opened the season at SUNY New Paltz on Sept. 17. The New Paltz invitational included four teams, New Paltz, Pace, Mount St. Mary’s, and Brooklyn College. The Bulldogs finished with a score of 104, putting them in last place. The New Paltz Eagles won the race with five of the top six finishers, giving them a final score of 16. Junior Malak Abuhashish scored the Bulldogs’ fastest time, completing the 6K race in 32:36. Brooklyn will compete again on Oct. 2 at the NJIT Highlander Challenge, in Newark, NJ.
Much like the women’s team, the Men’s Cross Country program opened their season at the New Paltz Invitational. The Bulldogs finished third behind New Paltz (1st) and Vassar (2nd). With 92 points, Brooklyn beat out Pace (98 points) to avoid finishing last. Senior Shane Kimball was the team’s star, running 8K in 30:02, and finishing tenth overall. The impressive performance earned Kimball the honor of being named CUNYAC Runner of the Week. The men’s team races next Oct. 2, as they travel with the Women’s team to NJIT.
Women’s Volleyball Success Continues
By Owen Russell
The Women’s Volleyball team started their week off strong. After winning three straight matches to close out the previous week, the Bulldogs won two straight. On Sept. 14, the team beat the visiting St. Joseph’s Eagles 3 sets to 1. Junior Setter Ezri Shor contributed 35 assists in the Bulldogs’ fourth win of the season.
Two days later, the Bulldogs beat the St. Joseph’s Bears from Brooklyn. The Bulldogs dropped the first two sets 25-22 and 25-23, respectively. Despite the tough start, the Bulldogs were able to rally and win three straight sets. Freshman Aleah Rafat totaled 20 kills to help the Bulldogs down the Bears.
After improving to 5-1 on the season, the Bulldogs stumbled a little. Brooklyn lost 2 matches on Sept. 18, after traveling out to Kean University. The day saw the Bulldogs get swept by both Penn State Behrend, and the host, Kean. Even though the Bulldogs lost their last two games, there is still plenty to celebrate. Ezri Shor becomes the second straight Bulldog to be named CUNYAC Player of the Week, and Aleah Rafat wins her second straight Rookie of the Week. As of press time, the Bulldogs next game will be Sept. 21 against St. Elizabeth.
Women’s Soccer Continues To Struggle
By Owen Russell
It was another tough week for the Women’s Soccer team. After allowing a combined 14 goals to their opponents in the previous week, the Bulldogs gave up 16 this week, losing both games.
The first loss came at home, when the Scarlet Knights from Rutgers Newark beat the Bulldogs 9-0. The Bulldogs were held scoreless. In fact, the Bulldogs were unable to fire a single shot against the stout Rutgers defense.
After the loss at home, the Bulldogs traveled to Bristol, PA to face Cairn University on Sept. 18. The defense was not much better this time around, allowing Cairn to score seven goals. If there is one silver lining to take from the loss, the Bulldogs scored their first goal of the season. Freshman Midfielder, Yagersys Laya, scored in the 87th minute of the game.
It has certainly been tough sledding for the Bulldogs up until now, but they look to turn their luck around on Sept. 22 against New Jersey City College.
Men’s Soccer Still In Search of First Win
By Elijah Hamilton
The Brooklyn College Men’s Soccer team continues to seek their first win of the season after going 0-3 this past week.
In their matchup on the road against Farmingdale State College, they were shut out, failing to register any points against the Rams. Framingdale knocked in two goals on their way to the win. The Bulldogs could not convert any of their nine shots.
Things did not get much better for the Bulldogs, as they would go on to lose their next two matchups against SUNY Purchase and Centenary University.
Against Purchase at home, the Bulldogs were able to keep the game close, keeping it tied 1-1 for most of the contest. Brooklyn freshman, Demyan Turiy, would score off the assist from Roko Rondovoni. However, SUNY UNYPurchase would score two goals to go up 3-1 in the second half of the contest.
In their matchup against the Centenary Cyclones, the Bulldogs suffered another 3-1 loss on the road. Their lone point would come from Bulldogs College Senior Midfielder Alex Sosa. Sosa converted off a penalty kick conversion, but it was not enough for the struggling Bulldogs.
The Brooklyn College Men’s Soccer team will face Albert Magnus College on Sept. 22.
Women’s Tennis Remains Winless Despite Strong Effort
By Elijah Hamilton
Last week, the Brooklyn College Women’s Tennis Team went 0-2 on the road, starting their season off with a record of 0-3.
Last Tuesday, Sept. 14, the Bulldogs were dominated 0-9 by SUNY Purchase. Neither the singles nor doubles competitors registered a win.
During last Saturday’s matchup against Kean University, the Bulldogs were slightly more competitive. That said, they still lost 9-1. The pair Veronika Tsiko and Monica Prado Capon earned the team’s only victory. Though it may not reflect in the box score, each matchup was rather competitive, making things tough for the Kean Panthers.
The Bulldogs will look to bounce back from a poor week when they face two of their CUNYAC division rivals in Baruch on Sept. 24 and Hunter on Sept. 29.