A total of 44 hits and 37 runs propelled Vassar to a pair of impressive wins over the Rochester Institute of Technology. The 14-0 and 23-2 victories proved the highlight of a month that saw the men split series against Skidmore and Union.
The women finished the 8th Annual Vassar College Invitational in fourth place. Senior Alex Bello (pictured) shot an 80 on day two to move up from seventh to third place in the individual standings. The women finished eighth at the Jack Leaman Championship in Massachusetts later in the month.
The men registered a 13-7 victory over SUNY Cobleskill before suffering losses to nationally ranked RIT and Union. On April 10, the women celebrated the second annual Friends of Jaclyn Day, an event founded by a local Hudson Valley family to connect pediatric brain tumor patients with college and high school athletic teams. On the field, the women defeated Rochester and Bard, but fell to RPI and Skidmore.
The women traveled to New Jersey to face off against 68 other colleges from around the country in the Knecht Cup. Three Vassar boats advanced to the grand finals, with the varsity women’s four and novice women’s eight taking third place in their events. The varsity women’s eight placed fourth in their grand final. One week later, the inaugural River Rivalry regatta was cancelled due to weather conditions that made the water unsafe for rowers. The Poughkeepsie event would have pitted Vassar against some 200 athletes from Hofstra, NYU, RPI, and SUNY Albany. The men also traveled to the Knecht Cup, and advanced several boats to the grand final round. Freshman Justin Nesheiwat (pictured) took home gold in the varsity single race.
The men ended their spring season with a trio of strong victories, toppling RPI 65-12, Merchant Marine 50-29, and SUNY Albany 68-14. The women posted an equally impressive record in April. After knocking off Boston College 56-0 and Yale 102-5 at the end of March, they toppled Dartmouth 46-17 and Boston University 72-5, advancing to the USA Rugby Division II National Playoffs in the process. There they defeated American International College 52-12, advancing to the national quarterfinals, where their winning ways were halted in a loss to Norwich.
The women defeated RPI 8-1, then toppled Smith, Bryn Mawr, Mount Holyoke, and nationally ranked Wellesley en route to their 10th Seven Sisters Championship. More recently, they defeated MIT 7-2 on Senior Day. The men defeated NYU 7-2, but lost to top-ranked Amherst. They got back on track, however, with wins over Stevens Tech and Rochester. Although Vassar lost a team competition against No. 3-ranked Williams, the day included a major highlight: brothers Ben and Andrew Guzick (pictured) defeated defending ITA National Small Colleges Doubles Champion and No. 1-ranked pair Richard Meyer and Bryan Chow of Williams.
Track and Field
After solid performances at the Sam Howell Invite and Ramapo Invitational, Vassar hosted its annual invitational, where the 4x800m men’s relay team won its race and qualified the men for the ECAC Championships in May, nearly breaking the school record. One week later, the men were again strong at the Liberty League Track and Field Championships, held at RPI. Junior Sam Wagner won the 800m event, while freshman Andrew Terenzi placed second. It marks the third straight year Vassar’s men have gone one–two in the event. The women also ran well at Sam Howell and Ramapo, before hosting the Vassar April Invitational. By the end of the weekend, they had qualified three relay teams for the ECAC Championships. In addition, junior Kelly Holmes won the 800m run, senior Katy Hwang won the triple jump, sophomore Aubree Piepmeier won the 3000m run, and freshman Ariel Bridges won the 200m dash, setting a new school record in the process. At the Liberty League Championships one week later, Vassar notched victories in the 800m run, 400m dash, and 4x400m relay.
The men defeated Mount St. Vincent on Senior Night but lost to Princeton in their final regular season match. They lost a three set decision against Nazareth in the quarterfinals of the United Volleyball Conference championship. In the wake of a strong season, the American Volleyball Coaches Association named junior Matt Elgin (pictured) to men’s Division III All-American second team.
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Compiled by Peter Bronski with Shane Donahue