Vassar improved its record to 7-1 on Dec. 30 with a 66-53 victory over Washington (Md.) College at the Montclair State University Holiday Tournament in Montclair, N.J. Junior guard Cydni Matsuoka, who was named to the all-tournament team, led the team with 19 points. Sophomore guard Nyah Berg scored 16. In the opening round, Vassar fell to Widener College 67-65. Matsuoka scored 23 points. On Dec. 8, the Brewers defeated Berkeley College 72-55. Berg had a career-high 16 points. On Dec. 3, Matsuoka was three-for-three from three-point distance in the first half as Vassar built a big early lead and cruised to a 64-47 victory over Drew. Matsuoka finished with a team-high 19 points. Berg had 9 points, and sophomore Michelle Foreman came off the bench to score 7. On Nov. 30, Matsuoka became the 10th player in Vassar history to score 1,000 points in a career, scoring 18 in a 76-47 victory over Hunter College. Berg and Caitlin Drakeley each finished with 10 points.
Vassar’s record fell to 4-5 as Mount Saint Mary College defeated the Brewers 61-44 on Dec. 12. Junior forward John Donnelly led Vassar with 19 points. On Dec. 10, sophomore guard Sam Rappaport sank all seven of his three-point shots to lead the Brewers to a 78-19 victory over Sarah Lawrence. Sophomore forward Alex Snyder had his sixth double-double of the season with 17 points and 10 rebounds. On Dec. 8, Hamilton connected on 10 shots from the three-point arc to defeat Vassar 69-54. Donnelly led Vassar scorers with 13 points. Sophomore guard Curtis Smith and senior guard Jon Herzog each finished with 10. On Dec. 4, the Brewers lost to Mount Saint Vincent 88-72 in overtime. Rappaport hit a three-point shot with 27 seconds left in the second half to send the game into overtime. Donnelly had 23 points, nine rebounds, and two assists to lead Vassar. On Dec. 2, five Brewers scored in double figures in an 88-77 win over City College of New York. Herzog was the top scorer with 17. Snyder had 16 points and 10 rebounds.
Vassar fencers won a total of 19 individual contests but fell to national powerhouses Princeton, Penn State, Harvard, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania in competition on Dec. 1 on the Vassar campus. Vassar’s five opponents were ranked in the top seven in the country. Senior captain Tavish Pegram was Vassar’s outstanding performer with an 8-5 record. Nicholas Mongillo, John Arden, Alex Vastola, and Matt Steinschneider also recorded wins for the Brewers.
Vassar competitors won 22 individual matches but fell to Penn State, Harvard, Pennsylvania, Princeton, Temple, and North Carolina in a meet on the Vassar campus on Dec. 1. Senior captains Katie LeClair (9-9) and Caitlin Clevenger (7-9) were Vassar’s top performers. Tracy Bratt, Rachel Messbauer, Megan Lewis, and Katharine Sweeney also added victories.
Senior Jake Harris and sophomore Ryan Kurtzman each played close matches, but Vassar fell 9-0 to New York University at the Columbia Round Robin in New York City on Dec. 8. Vassar lost a pair of matches on Dec. 2 at Wesleyan, losing 8-1 to Colgate and 9-0 to the hosts. Tim Velt scored Vassar’s only point with a default victory.
Andrea Fahmy and Devina Vaid won their matches in a 7-2 loss to Connecticut College on Dec. 8 in New Haven, Conn. Vassar’s Libby Pei won her No. 1 match against Wesleyan’s Grace Zimmerman 11-9 in an 8-1 loss to Wesleyan on Dec. 2. The Brewers defeated Smith 8-1 on the same day on the Wesleyan campus. Pei, Alexandra Bowditch, Sanam Khanna, and Jill Levine won close matches for the Brewers.
Men’s Swimming and Diving
Luc Amodio led Vassar to a seventh-place finish in the Liberty League Championships at Rochester Institute of Technology on Dec. 1. Senior captain Mathúe Duhaney injured his shoulder in the 100m backstroke and could not compete in the 400m freestyle relay. Amodio scored points for Vassar in the 100m and 200m breaststroke races.
Women’s Swimming and Diving
Senior diver Jane Cardona edged closer to a berth in the NCAA Regional Competition with a strong three-meter performance as Vassar finished sixth in the Liberty League Championships on the campus of Rochester Institute of Technology on Dec. 1. Senior Shannon Sara scored points in the 220m breaststroke, 100m breaststroke, and 200m individual medley. Robin Lam, Maryam Pourmaleki, and Zoe Fullerton all had season bests in the 100m butterfly.
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