Vassar improved its record to 14-4 overall and 6-3 in the Liberty League on Jan. 29 with a 71-46 victory over Bard at the Vassar Athletics and Fitness Center. The Brewers’ win was fueled by 15 points each from junior guard Cydni Matsuoka and sophomore forward Colleen O’Connell. On Jan. 26, William Smith used a balanced attack to defeat Vassar, 67-59, in a Liberty League contest on the Geneva campus. Vassar overcame an early deficit to tie the game at 48 with less than 10 minutes to go, but the Brewers never got closer than a two-point deficit. Freshman guard Caitlin Drakeley scored a basket and made a free throw to bring Vassar to 55-53, but William Smith never gave up the lead. O’Connell led Vassar with 16 points. The night before the loss to William Smith, Vassar defeated RIT, 70-51, on the Rochester campus as Drakeley and Matsuoka combined for 29 points. In a non-conference matchup on Jan. 22, Matsuoka scored a season-high 28 points to lead Vassar to a 77-64 victory over Farmingdale State on the Vassar campus. Matsuoka hit on 11 of 12 shots from the field. The previous weekend, Vassar split a pair of Liberty League games, losing to Skidmore, 69-54, on Jan. 18 and defeating Union, 65-58, the next day. In the Skidmore game, Matsuoka and O’Connell helped Vassar overcome an early 16-2 deficit to tie the game at 26. But, Skidmore pulled away in the second half. In the victory over Union, O’Connell hit back-to-back jumpers late in the second half and lead the Brewers to a comeback win. Matsuoka finished with 14 points, while O’Connell and freshman guard Alex Moon each had 11.
On Jan. 15, Vassar went on a 9-0 run late in the game to defeat RPI, 69-64, in a tight Liberty League battle. Matsuoka hit a three-pointer during the late rally. Junior forward Hannah Senftleber scored a career-high 28 points to lead the Brewers. On Jan. 11, St. Lawrence used a strong second-half run to defeat Vassar, 81-60. Vassar trailed by just 46-39 three minutes into the second half, but St. Lawrence scored the next 11 points to blow the game open. Matsuoka led Vassar with 20 points. On Jan. 10, Matsuoka and sophomore guard Nyah Berg led the Brewers on a 20-5 run late in the first half as Vassar cruised to a 63-35 victory over Clarkson on the Clarkson campus. Matsuoka finished with 20 points, while Berg had 12.
On Jan. 8, O’Connell scored a career-high 26 points to lead Vassar to a 79-53 victory over Bard in the team’s Liberty League opener. The game was tied at 28 at halftime, but Vassar went on a 14-0 run early in the second half to seal the victory. Drakeley had 10 points and keyed the defense with seven steals.
Vassar won its second Liberty League game of the year and improved its record to 6-12 overall with a 74-68 win over Bard on Jan. 29 at the Vassar Athletics and Fitness Center. Sophomore guard Andrew Adkins scored a career-high 20 points—including three-for-three from the three-point arc—to lead all scorers. On Jan. 25 and 26, Vassar fell to Liberty League opponents RIT and Hobart. In the game at RIT on Jan. 25, Vassar held a 45-35 lead before RIT rallied late in the game. Junior guard Sam Rappaport had 12 points. The following night at Hobart, freshman guard Erikson Wasyl led the Brewers with 16 points, but Vassar fell by a 76-59 score. Vassar dropped a pair of Liberty League games on Jan. 18 and 19, falling to Skidmore, 64-59, and to Union, 85-74. Vassar led the Skidmore game in the second half before the visitors went on a 22-11 run. Junior guard John Donnelly led Vassar with 15 points. In the Union game, Vassar trailed by just 63-62 with 7:55 to play but could not take the lead down the stretch. Donnelly had 15 points and Wasyl added 14.
On Jan. 15, RPI jumped out to a 14-0 lead and the Brewers never caught up in an 86-72 loss in Poughkeepsie. Donnelly scored a career-high 27 points, while Wasyl had 16.
On Jan. 12, the Brewers fought back from a big halftime deficit, but the rally fell short and the team fell to Clarkson, 75-67. Donnelly and sophomore guard Curtis Smith combined for 37 points. On Jan. 11, Adkins hit a jumper with 1.7 seconds to play to lift the Brewers to a 48-47 victory over St. Lawrence. The Brewers trailed 27-17 at halftime, but Smith led the comeback with 13 points. On Jan. 8, the team opened its Liberty League season with a 47-43 loss at Bard. Forward Alex Snyder tied the game at 43 with a pair of free throws, but Vassar was held scoreless the rest of the way. Junior forward Evan Carberry led the Brewers with 12 points. Snyder had 10 rebounds.
Donnelly was named to the Liberty League Honor Roll for his performances in games during the week of Jan. 15.
Women’s Swimming and Diving
On Jan. 26, senior co-captain Shannon Sara won the only individual event for Vassar—the 200m breaststroke—in a 147-76 loss at NYU. In the Seven Sisters Championship at Wellesley on Jan. 19 and 20, freshmen Millee Nelson, Marie Schmidt, and Anna Kuo and the 400-yard freestyle relay team of Sydnie Alquist, Lillana Frye, Liz Balter, and Sara led Vassar to a third-place finish. On Jan. 13, Schmidt won the 1,000m freestyle during Vassar’s 121-103 loss to Trinity in the Vassar pool. On Jan. 8, the 4x50m relay team of Schmidt, Kuo, Nelson, and Balter finished second as Vassar competed in the Boca Raton (Fla.) Invitational. The 200m freestyle relay team of Balter, Frye, Juliana Struva, and McKenzie Quinn finished third. Sara was named to the Liberty League Honor Roll for her performance in the Seven Sisters meet.
Men’s Swimming and Diving
On Jan. 26, sophomore Luc Amodio won two events, but Vassar fell to NYU, 149-65. Amodio won the 200m IM and 200m breaststroke. Senior Simon Whitelaw swept all the diving events, but Vassar lost to Montclair (N.J.) State University, 126-92, in a meet on Jan. 23 at the Vassar pool. Sophomore Rory Moon was second in each diving event. Amodio won the 100m backstroke, while sophomore Matt Weiss captured the 100m breaststroke. The 200m freestyle relay team of Amodio, Greg Cristina, Isaiah Hale, and Mathúe Duhaney also posted a victory. Duhaney and Cristina finished first and second, respectively, in the 50m freestyle, but Vassar fell to Trinity, 117-95, in Poughkeepsie on Jan. 13. Cristina finished second in the 100-yard freestyle, losing by one hundredth of a second. Whitelaw finished first in the one-meter and three-meter diving events. On Jan. 12, Vassar finished seventh in the Kumpf Invitational at RPI. Whitelaw finished ninth in the 1-meter event, and the 400m freestyle relay team of Cristina, Amodio, Chuck Herman, and Duhaney finished ninth.
Vassar defeated Tufts, 17-10, but fell to four other opponents in Northeast Conference matches at Brown University on Jan. 26. Matt Steinschneider had a 9-5 record for the day in foil, while John Arden and Zach Wilson were 8-7 and 7-8, respectively, in sabre. Vassar lost, 26-1, to Brown; 18-9 to Boston College; 18-9 to MIT; and 23-4 to Brandeis.
Vassar dropped five of six matches at the Northeast Conference at Brown University in Providence on Jan. 26. The Brewers defeated Smith, 19-8, but lost to Brown, Tufts, Boston College, MIT, and Brandeis. Megan Lewis, Rachel Messbauer, Tracy Bratt, and Jillian Josimovich led the Brewers to the victory over Brown. Co-captain Katie LeClair finished with a 14-4 record for the day, while co-captain Caitlin Clevenger was 9-6.
Vassar fell to Haverford, 9-0, while picking up a default win over Georgetown on Jan. 26 at Haverford, Pa. Senior Jake Harris lost a close match at No. 1.
Senior Libby Pei won both her matches as the Brewers defeated Haverford, 5-4, before losing to Georgetown, 8-1, on the Haverford, Pa., campus. Seniors Jill Levine and Avery Siciliano also turned in strong performances.
In a battle of nationally ranked teams, sixth-ranked Stevens Institute of Technology narrowly defeated 12th-ranked Vassar, 25-27, 25-12, 25-18, and 25-15, on the Stevens campus in Hoboken, N.J. Freshman Reno Kriz led the Brewers with 11 kills, and senior Matt Elgin had 10. Senior John Konow had 31 set assists, and senior libero Christian La Du had 11 digs.