Baruch College Athletics Scores Successful Fall ’21 Return
January 11, 2022
The Baruch College Bearcats not only resumed athletic competitions this fall semester—following an 18-month hiatus due to Covid-19 restrictions—but came back strong, scoring impressive wins among all four sports during the season.
Women’s tennis and men‘s soccer each won the CUNY Athletic Conference (CUNYAC) Championships, while men’s cross country recorded their best-ever second place finish at the CUNYAC 8K Championships. Women’s volleyball made the semifinals of the CUNYAC Championships as well.
“We are so proud of our student-athletes, coaches, and staff for their resiliency returning to their respective teams for such a terrific season,” said Heather MacCulloch, director of athletics and recreation at Baruch College. “It was great to participate in athletic events again, and everybody displayed tremendous Bearcat spirit in practice and on the field of competition. We are excited about the winter athletics season and upcoming spring sports 2022 season!”
Go Bearcats! Season Recap
The women’s tennis team won their seventh all-time CUNYAC Championship after defeating Hunter College, 5-2, at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on Oct. 28. Freshman Ava Deguzman powered the Bearcats to victory (undefeated 13-0 record in singles/doubles) and was named the CUNYAC Finals Most Valuable Player on top of being named the CUNYAC Regular Season Player of the Year. The Bearcats will compete in the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament in May 2022.
The men’s soccer team defeated top-seed Lehman College in penalty kicks (3-1) on Nov. 6 to win their seventh all-time CUNYAC Championship title. Senior Cormac Foley led the Bearcats with nine total goals this season and finishes his playing career as a four-time CUNYAC All-Star. Junior goalkeeper Kellen Sela made a big save in the penalty kick session to help win the championship. For his efforts, he was voted the CUNYAC Championship MVP.
Men’s Cross Country:
Men’s cross country had their best season in program history finishing in second place at the 8K CUNYAC Championships. Freshman Daniel Sedgh finished fourth individually at the 8K race at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx. The Bearcats followed up that performance with a sixth-place finish at the regional ECAC Division III Championship, which was also their best place ever in that competition. Another freshman, Riley Walz, was also honored as the CUNYAC Rookie of the Year.
Women’s Cross Country:
The women’s cross country team came in fourth at the 6K CUNYAC Championship. Karina Chiqui led the Bearcats with a 12th place finish. Chiqui was not only a success story on the running course, but the Macaulay Honors College student was also named the CUNYAC Scholar-Athlete of the Month for October.
Rounding out fall sports was our exciting women’s volleyball team who overcame a slow start with a late-season six-match winning streak. They reached the semifinals of the CUNYAC Championship. Freshman Sarah Chung was a force to be reckon with on the volleyball court as she was named the CUNYAC Player of the Year in just her first season competing at the intercollegiate level.
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