An epic soccer match took place Sunday, November 14, 2010, at East River Park in NY, when Columbia’s Chemistry Department met NYU’s Chemistry Department for the New York City chemists soccer bragging rights.


Professor Marcus Weck (NYU) challenged then Chemistry Department Chair, Colin Nuckolls.   Professor Nuckolls accepted and, after several rounds of high-level negotiation, the matchup was arranged.



The result?  Columbia Chemistry 9, NYU Chemistry 3


Professor Jim Leighton led the offensive onslaught with 2 goals and a dynamic forward presence.  Andrew Crowther (Postdoc, Brus Group) and Alexandria Brucks (Grad Student, Snyder Group) also added 2 goals each.  Along the way Stephen Kanyiva (Postdoc, Snyder Group),Matteo Palma (Postdoc, Nuckolls), and Zhang Wang (Grad Student, Danishefsky Group) each kicked into the scoring column.   Sujun Wei and Alon Gorodetsky, the Postdoc goalkeeping tandem from the Nuckolls Group, kept NYU scoreless until late in the second half.


Professor Nuckolls and Bertrand Adanve (Grad Student, Snyder Group -- now in the Cornish Group) controlled the defense and the midfield, respectively.  Adding fine defense were Severin Schneebli (Grad student, Friesner Group), Michael Ewing (Nuckolls Group), and Ferenc Kontes (Grad Student, Snyder Group).  Running NYU ragged from the midfield were Jeff Meisner (Grad Student, Nuckolls Group), Dani Sedbrook (Grad Student, Nuckolls Group), Amy Scott (Postdoc, Turro/Nuckolls Groups), and Salima Bahri (undergrad, McDermott Group).