In the final game of the regular season, the Judges drew even with New York University. After two regulation periods and two overtime periods, the score was locked at 1-1 and the game finished in a tie. Before the game, the team honored its two seniors, forwards Samantha Schwartz ’18 and Haliana Burhans ’18, who played in their final regular season games as Brandeisians. This draw left the Judges with a final record of 11-3-3 including 2-3-2 in the University Athletic Association. This placed them fourth in the University Athletic Association, tied with the NYU Violets.
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The men’s soccer team finished its regular season on a high note this past Saturday, vanquishing their University Athletic Association foe, New York University, 1-0 at home.
The Brandeis swimming and diving teams combined to win four of five matchups this past Friday at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute invitational.
FOCUSED FOOTWORK: Midfielder Noah Gans ’21 dribbles past his New York University defender with ease on Saturday.
PURE STRENGTH: Forward Sasha Sunday ’19 loads up to launch the ball in the team’s regular season finale on Saturday.
ALL SET: Breakout sensation right side hitter Marissa Borgert ’21 prepares her set during a home match on Sept. 13.
Members of the Brandeis women’s volleyball team, head coach Alesia Vaccari, family, friends and fans of this squad have an awful lot to be proud of this season. As the sports editor of the Justice, I have been covering this team for over a year now and I am truly inspired by this team’s incredible transformation. In just one year, the Judges improved their numbers in every major team category per set: assists, digs, service aces, blocks, hitting percentage and kills. Last year’s team finished the regular season with a 7-21 record and ended the year on a 12-game losing streak. This season, the Judges finished with a winning record at 15-14, including an outstanding 9-2 mark at home.
The Houston Astros won the 2017 World Series. By emerging victorious in this out-of-control seven-game series, the Astros took home their first championship in their 56-year franchise history. That’s a big deal; congratulations to them. In the immediate wake of Hurricane Harvey’s devastation and after years of extreme losing, the Astros have a fascinating and inspirational story that deserves to be told. Look elsewhere for that column. This is about the losers.
The men’s soccer team had a challenging slate of games this past week, facing off against two formidable opponents in Washington University in St. Louis and the University of Chicago. The squad opened the week with a nail-biter, narrowly edging WashU in a riveting golden-goal victory in double-overtime. The team, however, could not keep its good fortunes going into its contest against University Athletic Association rival UChicago. In a tight match between the two postseason regulars, UChicago was able to pull out a victory over a Brandeis squad that continues to struggle against elite opponents.
The Brandeis University women’s soccer team lost two matches in an incredibly difficult week, during which the Judges faced reigning national champions No. 8 Washington University in St. Louis and No. 1 University of Chicago. This brings the Judges season record to 11-4-3 with one game remaining in the regular season.
This past weekend, the Brandeis men’s and women’s cross country teams travelled to Garrett Mountain in Woodland Park, New Jersey to participate in the 2017 University Athletic Association Championships, hosted by New York University. Both teams ran hard, but the competition was stiff and the teams both placed sixth out of eight teams competing. Defending champions Washington University in St. Louis came out on top for both men’s and women’s, beating their respective runner ups by large margins.
WITH THE MOVES: Midfielder Josh Ocel ’18 jinks past his Washington University in St. Louis defender in a home match this past Friday.
NEW TO THE BLOCK: Middle hitters Kirsten Frauens ’19 (left) and rookie Belle Scott ’21 (right) leap up for the block on Oct. 7.
PASSING ALONG: Defender Hannah Maatallah ’19 looks down the pitch for her teammates in a match at home on Oct. 7.
The women’s volleyball team extended its winning streak to four games with road wins over the long week. The Judges started off the week with a 3-1 win against Rivier University and then made their way to two 3-0 wins over Salem State University and Bridgewater State University this past weekend.
Going into this National Basketball Association season, there was much excitement and suspense. New acquisitions during the offseason had led to the creation of even more superteams, consolidating the NBA with even more elite teams. However, even though the buzz around the league was tangible, every basketball fan knew the ultimate truth; the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers would be meeting in the Finals come June. A little wrinkle in the plan has developed with both teams getting off to similarly sluggish starts, though.
The Judges took a leap forward in their pursuit of postseason play this past Wednesday, drop-kicking the Clark University Cougars 5-1 in their sole action of the week.
The No. 21 women’s soccer team bounced back from its second loss of the season in dominating fashion with a win over Westfield State University on Wednesday before tying Elms College Sunday afternoon. This brings the Judges’ record to 11-2-3 as they enter their final three matches of the season.
FULL SPEED: Midfielder Joshua Handler ’19 tries to blow past his opponent and seize possesion of the ball at home on Sept. 13.
MIGHTY MIDFIELDER: Midfielder Katie Hayes ’20 shakes off her defender and muscles the ball down the pitch last Wednesday.