posted 2012-12-19 15:19:08

Hunter Sports Roundup

A look at what’s happening in Hunter sports 

Christian Davies

Sports Editor

As the fall semester comes to a close, the winter sports teams at Hunter are just getting started. Over the past two weeks, the men’s and women’s basketball teams have had a tough time tangling with their first rounds of opponents, the wrestling team has started its season, the women’s swimming team is coming off its first win of the year, and the women of Hunter’s softball team, although out of season, are putting their collective cleats together to raise awareness for the victims of Hurricane Sandy. With two weeks to go in the fall semester, here’s a look at what’s happening around Hunter sports.

The men’s basketball team is off to a 2-4 start, with wins over Cazevonia College and Yeshiva University, and losses to Manhattanville College, Baruch College, Drew University, and a one-point heartbreaker to Vassar College.

In their outing against Yeshiva, where the Hawks walked away with a 74-66 victory, Eric Kippins led the way with 16 points, including 5-7 from the field and 6-6 in free throw attempts. Kippins was followed by Brian Kruger, who scored 14 points, Ben Mayell, with 13 points, and Taulant Ibraj, who added 12. The Hawks also got 8 points from both Matthew Hunter and Lester Anim. As a team, they shot over 47% from the field and a fantastic 81% from the free throw line.

After a close win over Cazenovia College in the opening round of the Vassar College Tip-Off Tournament, the Hawks went on to play Vassar in the finals. Both teams put on a great display, but ultimately it was Vassar that ended up on top, edging the Hawks 67-66. In their tough loss to Vassar, the Hawks were powered by Hunter’s 17 points and Robert Borusiewicz’s five blocks. Mayell also played a big part with three steals. The Hawks missed six free throws throughout the game.

Up next, the men’s basketball team will take on Lehman College on November 30th, Connecticut College on December 4th, and Medgar Evers College on December 7th.

In women’s round ball, the Lady Hawks have a 1-3 record, with one win over Lehman College, and losses to Bay Path College, the College of Old Westbury, and Baruch College. In their 57-41win over Lehman, Hunter was led by Kristen Sells’s 16 points, Dimitra Thomopoulous’s 11 points and Nicole Lenard’s 10. Lenard also added six assists, and Thomopoulous contributed on the defensive end with two blocked shots.

In their most recent game, a 66-44 loss to rival Baruch, the Hawks had a hard time finding the basket. They were led by Thomopoulous’s 13 points, and helped by forcing eleven turnovers in total, but were hurt by a poor shooting performance both in the field and at the free throw line; as a team, the women shot less than 32% from the field, and a damaging 13-24 from the free throw line. The ladies were also just 1-7 from the three-point line, and committed 32 turnovers on their way to defeat.

Looking forward, the women’s hoops teams will play Vassar College on November 30th, Mount Saint Mary’s on December 4th, and Megar Evers College on December 7th.

The wrestling team took 6th place at the annual Fall Brawl in Ursinus, Pennsylvania and 15th place at Cornell. In their most recent meet, at Cornell, the Hawks received impressive showings from freshman Jaydon Rice and senior Brady Kwong. Rice placed 7th in the 125 lb. weight class while Kwong finished 8th in the 149 lb. weight class. The wrestling team will get back into action on December 2nd, when they travel to Hackettstown, New Jersey for the Centenary Tournament.

The women’s swimming team is standing still at 1-3, with a win over Brooklyn College in their most recent meet, and losses to the College of Staten Island, St. Francis College, and Queens College respectively.

In more good news around the Hunter sports community, as our neighbors in and around the New York City area continue to recover from the effects of Hurricane Sandy, the Hunter women’s softball team has stepped up to the plate in a huge way; on November 13th, the softball team held a clothing drive to support hurricane victims in and around New York. Although the girls will not be back between the foul lines until early spring, they are making a huge difference right now in the Hunter sports community.