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The Sports Page - May 2012 Roundup

Sam Wagner

Baseball

The men split their final doubleheader with a dominant 8–1 win and tight 12–13 loss against RPI at Prentiss Baseball Field. Six players earned Liberty League Baseball All-Conference awards at the end of season, including senior Scott Allen and junior Mike Perrone, both named First Team.

Lacrosse

Sophomore Max Herman, who led the men’s squad in goals with 27, was named to the All-Liberty League Second Team. Four players from the women’s squad earned Honorable Mention All-Liberty League honors at the close of the season.

Rugby

More than 40 alumnae/i from the men’s and women’s rugby teams returned to the Vassar Farm on Founder’s Day for the annual Vassar College Rugby Alumnae/i Game. On the women’s side, seniors and juniors from the current team joined with returning alumnae to form one team, while remaining members of the current squad formed the opposition. The Vassar College Alumnae prevailed with a 37–12 win. On the men’s side, the alumni were the first to score, but the current men’s squad soon regained the lead. As is tradition, at halftime, seniors from the current squad switched over to play with the alumni, but it wasn’t enough to secure victory. The Vassar College Men defeated the Vassar College Alumni 33–22.

Tennis

The men’s team earned its fifth consecutive bid to the 43-team NCAA Division III Tennis Championships. There it made program history with a victory over the College of New Jersey, advancing to the Round of 16 for the first time. The men then lost to defending champion Amherst. The dominant Guzick brothers (senior Ben and junior Andrew) earned All-Liberty League Singles and Doubles honors. Andrew was also named Liberty League Co-Player of the Year for the second time. Meanwhile, the women earned their 11th bid to the 49-team NCAA Division III Tennis Championships. They defeated Mary Washington to advance to the third round of the tournament for the first time since 2003. They then lost to No. 10, Johns Hopkins. Senior Jennifer Beckerman was named Liberty League Player of the Year, and also earned All-Liberty League Singles and Doubles honors. Freshman Ava Sadeghi was named Liberty League Rookie of the Year, and also earned All-Liberty League Singles honors.

Track

In early May, the college hosted the Matthew Vassar Twilight Meet. Junior Kelly Holmes won the 800-meter event, posting the sixth best time in the country this season. Sophomore Aubree Piepmeier set a new school record in the 5,000-meter event. Senior Erin Lefkowitz won the 1,500-meter event, while fellow senior Katy Hwang won the 100-meter and 400-meter hurdles. As a result of those and other strong performances, Vassar sent its deepest contingent of runners in program history to the ECAC Championships. There, Piepmeier won the 5,000-meter event. Holmes and Piepmeier both qualified for the NCAA Track and Field Championships. On the men’s side, senior Zach Williams won the 800-meter event at the Twilight Meet. The 1,500-meter event featured a Vassar one-two finish with freshmen Andrew Terenzi and Eliot Gerson, respectively. At the ECAC Championships, junior Sam Wagner placed third in the 800-meter event, qualifying for the NCAA Track and Field Championship alongside Piepmeier and Holmes from the women’s squad.

For more results, and the latest from Vassar Athletics, visit the website.

Compiled by Peter Bronski