Vassar defeated Lancaster Bible College, 25-21, 25-14, and 25-21, and lost to SUNY New Paltz on March 30 to conclude the Vassar Invitational tourney on the Poughkeepsie campus. In the victory over Lancaster, five Brewers notched at least five kills, led by senior outside hitter Charlie Caldwell, senior middle hitter Patrick Donohue, freshman outside hitter Erik Halberg, and junior outside hitter Joe Pyne. Pyne had a team-high six digs. New Paltz, ranked sixth in the nation, swept Vassar, 25-17, 25-23, and 25-19. On the first day of the tournament on March 29, the Brewers defeated NYU-Poly in straight sets before losing to top-ranked Nazareth in a tight match, 25-23, 20-25, 25-22, and 25-22. Senior middle hitter Dave de la Torre led the win over NYU with a career-high seven kills. Sophomore setter Colin White-Dzuro and freshman Reno Kriz also had outstanding matches. In the loss to Nazareth, Pyne had a 15-kill, 12-dig double.
The Brewers won three of four matches in a tournament in Kenosha, Wis., on March 16 and 17. Vassar defeated Fontbonne University in four sets, shut out Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE), lost to Carthage, and defeated Endicott College in four sets. Kriz, Pyne, and senior Matt Elgin led the Brewers to the victory over Fontbonne. Donohue had seven kills in the win over MSOE. Christian LaDu, John Konow, and Caldwell had strong games against Carthage, while Luke Sobieraj had career-high 11 kills in the win over Endicott. Vassar won nine of 10 sets in victories over Medaille College, Elmira College, and D’Youville College at the UVC Crossover Tournament on March 9 and 10 at SUNY New Paltz. In the closest match of the weekend, Kriz broke a 17-17 tie with a kill in the third set against Elmira, and the Brewers went on to win 25-15, 21-25, 25-21, and 25-19. Elgin and Pyne were the other top performers in the match. Pyne and Donohue led the team in the victory over D’Youville. In the match against Medaille, Elgin and Donohue led a late charge in the first set, as Vassar came from behind to win, 26-24. Pyne, Kriz, Caldwell, and Konow were the top performers in the next two sets. On March 6, the Brewers dropped a match to SUNY New Paltz in straight sets on the New Paltz campus. Caldwell and Sobieraj led the Brewers. Vassar almost defeated top-ranked NCAA Division III foe Springfield College on March 2, losing in five sets at the Springfield gym. Following the loss, the Brewers defeated Elms College in straight sets. Elgin had 14 kills in the Springfield match, and Pyne had 14 kills and 10 digs. Elgin, Pyne, and sophomore Colin Fearn-Johnson led the scoring in the Elms match.
Vassar lost its first game of the season on March 30 after five straight wins, falling to Liberty League rival RIT, 13-11, in a game on the Rochester campus. Vassar took an early 5-2 lead before RIT’s Shelby Vakiener, the 2012 Liberty League Player of the Year, scored twice to lead a comeback. Elizabeth Annis, Dara Davis, Katherine Stegmann, and Phoebe Tzannes all scored twice for the Brewers. The previous day, the Brewers opened their Liberty League schedule with a 13-4 victory over the University of Rochester. Davis scored four goals and Tzannes recorded three in the victory. Sophomore midfielder Sophia Rosetti scored a career-high five goals to lead Vassar to a 19-7 win over Mount Saint Mary on the Vassar campus on March 24. Freshman attacker Isabelle Goldstein had four goals and an assist. On March 23, Vassar scored 10 straight goals in the first half and cruised to a 15-4 victory over SUNY New Paltz at Dietz Stadium in Kingston, N.Y. Davis tied the game at 1-1 midway through the first half, and Vassar went ahead for good on a goal by Tzannes. Vassar wrapped up its Spring Break schedule in Florida on March 15 with a 19-8 win over Ohio Wesleyan in West Palm Beach. Davis scored four goals and an assist in the victory. Marissa Reilly scored three goals, and Davis, Michaela Garrison, and Rosetti each scored twice as Vassar opened its season with a 15-2 victory over Fitchburg State on March 12 in West Palm Beach, Fla. The Brewers led 9-2 at halftime and shut out Fitchburg in the second half.
Vassar fell to 3-6 on the season on March 30 with a 14-4 loss to Skidmore College on the Saratoga Springs campus. Goalie Andrew Nicol had 24 saves. RPI scored three goals in the final period, breaking open a close game and handing Vassar a 10-5 loss on March 23 in a Liberty League matchup in Poughkeepsie. Freshman Noah Parson led the Brewers with two goals and an assist. Parson scored five goals, but Vassar fell short, 14-9, in a game against Western Connecticut on March 14 on the Vassar campus. The Brewers took an early 5-2 lead, but Western Connecticut scored the next 10 goals to seal the victory. Montclair (N.J.) State University outshot Vassar, 58-27, and defeated the Brewers, 19-5, in a game on the Vassar campus on March 6. Nicol was credited with 18 saves. Junior Max Herman and Parson led the offense. Senior midfielder Ryan McCarthy scored the tying goal and Vassar scored six times in the third quarter in a 12-7 win over Manhattan on March 2 on the Vassar campus. Sophomore midfielder Sean Brazier scored two unassisted goals during the third-quarter explosion.
The Brewers finished March with a 6-5 record (2-2 in the Liberty League) after splitting a doubleheader with the University of Rochester on March 30. Vassar lost the opener, 2-0, and came back to win the second game, 3-2. Freshman Jonathan Hong pitched seven scoreless innings for Vassar in the second game. Freshman Nick Johnson had a two-run double. Vassar also split a doubleheader on March 29 with the University of Rochester, losing, 4-3, in 13 innings before coming back to win the second game, 2-0, at Prentiss Field. Parker Werline and Mike Perrone drove in runs for Vassar in the first game, while pitcher Zander Mrlik’s seven shutout innings paced the Brewers to the win in the nightcap. Dave Robbins and Brett Zaziski drove in the runs for Vassar. The Brewers dropped their home opener on March 27, losing to Mount Saint Mary, 7-3. Zaziski hit a bases-clearing double in the eighth inning to account for all of Vassar’s runs. But Mount Saint Mary added two runs in the top of the ninth to close out the scoring. Vassar ended its Spring Break tour in Florida with a 10-2 loss to Dartmouth in Winter Haven on March 19. Sean Morash knocked in both runs with a single. On March 18, the Brewers split a doubleheader with Oswego State, losing the opener, 4-1, and winning the nightcap, 7-2. Zaziski ignited a first-inning rally in the second game with an RBI single. Zaziski later singled and doubled and finished with four RBIs. Morash, Robbins, and Johnson paced the Brewers to a 10-0 victory over the University of the South in a game in Auburndale, Fla., on March 16. On March 15, Hong got his first victory of his collegiate career—6-3 over Medaille College in Winter Haven, Fla. Werline hit a two-run double in the first inning to trigger the victory. Junior Joe Lovizio pitched six scoreless innings in Vassar’s first game of the year—a 10-0 win over Cairn University on March 14 in Eagle Lake, Fla. The Brewers scored five runs in the first inning and five more in the ninth. Zaziski had two singles, a double, and two RBIs to lead Vassar’s attack.
Vassar’s record dropped to 5-3 with a 9-0 loss on March 30 to Skidmore, ranked 20th in the nation. Freshmen Winifred Yeates and Lauren Stauffer played the closest match of the day, losing, 9-8, in a tiebreaker in a doubles match. Vassar wrapped up its California trip with 8-1 wins over Caltech on March 14 and the University of La Verne on March 16. Samantha Schapiro had the most decisive match of the day against La Verne, defeating Jeanette Losaria, 6-3, 6-3. Yeates swept Caltech’s Stephanie Kwan, 6-0, 6-0. Sophomore Ava Sadeghi and Schapiro won their singles matches, but Vassar fell to Pomona-Pitzer College, 6-3, in a match in Claremont, Calif., on March 13. Vassar lost to Bowdoin, ranked 10th in the country, 9-0, in a match at California State, Northridge, on March 13. Freshman Kelsey Van Noy played the closest match, falling to Courtney Gallagher, 6-2, 7-5. Vassar opened its Spring Break tour with a 9-0 sweep of Occidental College on March 10 in Los Angeles. Senior captain Natalie Santiago won in straight sets, 6-0, 6-1, and the doubles team of Lindsay Kantor and Van Noy shut out their opponents, 8-0.
Vassar’s record fell to 5-9 on March 30 as 19th-ranked Amherst defeated the Brewers, 8-1, in a match on the Amherst campus. Senior Andrew Guzick and freshman Daniel Cooper won their doubles match. Vassar defeated the University of the South, 6-3, and lost to nationally-ranked Cal Lutheran, 6-3, on March 13 and 16, respectively. Freshman Christian Phelps was undefeated in singles. Five Vassar players won straight-set singles matches as the Brewers defeated California Institute of Technology, 8-1, in a match on March 12 on the Caltech campus in Pasadena, Calif. Phelps won his singles and doubles matches, but Vassar came up just short of an upset victory over Brandeis on March 2 in Waltham, Mass. The teams split the first eight matches before Brandeis won the final singles match in three sets. The previous evening, the Brewers were defeated by MIT, 8-0, on the MIT campus in Cambridge, Mass.
Vassar improved its record to 7-4-1 with a 30-19 win over Columbia on March 30. Vassar returned home from its Spring Break trip to Spain on March 23 and defeated Molloy College, 61-5, on the Poughkeepsie campus. Shanaye Williams, Dallas Robinson, and Hannah Bober each had three tries for Vassar. In Madrid, on March 16, the Brewers lost to Hortaleza, 22-20. Patty Walton, Nichelle Jackson, Robinson, and Meg Slattery all scored for the Brewers. Nicole Guerrero had two tries and four other players each had one in Vassar’s 39-0 drubbing of Quijote Rugby Club in a match in suburban Madrid on March 13. Slattery scored the first try of the game, scampering 30 yards for the score. Slattery also kicked two conversions in the match.
The Brewers’ record fell to 9-6 with a 42-22 loss at Columbia on March 30. Jerry Dieudonne, Jesse Myhill, Dan Flynn, and Nic Placeres each had a try. On March 23, the Brewers lost to Molloy, 43-20. Alan Kenney, Roman Kopit, Dieudonne, and Stoddard Meigs scored tries. On March 16, Alan Higgins scored three tries as Vassar defeated Hortaleza, 46-14, in Madrid, Spain. On March 13, a comeback attempt fell just short as the Brewers were defeated, 17-16, by Quijote Rugby Club of Madrid, Spain. Matt Brown and Alex Voynow had tries for Vassar. The team opened its spring season on March 2 with a 49-14 loss at Fordham. Akeel St. Vil and Karl Foley each scored tries for the Brewers.
Heather Ingraham posted an ECAC-qualifying 59.00 seconds in the 400-meter run, while Ariel Bridges fell just shy of a qualifying mark in the 200 meters as Vassar competed at the Monmouth University Invitational on March 30 in West Long Branch, N.J. Freshman Sarah King and sophomore Harper Cleves excelled in the 1500. Senior Kelly Holmes won the 800-meter run in 2:13.26 at the Coastal Carolina Shamrock Invitational in Myrtle Beach, S.C., on March 14. Holmes, Emily Crnic, Tiffany Marchell, and Ingraham won the 4x800-meter relay.
In his collegiate debut, freshman Cheikh Athj set a school record in the 400-meter hurdles on March 30 at the Monmouth University Invitational in West Long Branch, N.J. Athj’s time of 57.91 is just a second off the ECAC-qualifying time. Freshmen Ryan Tartre and Taylor Vann each broke the school record for the high jump with leaps of five feet, 10.75 inches. Sophomore Colin Hepburn ran a personal best, 16:12, in the 5K at the Coastal Carolina Shamrock Invitational in Myrtle Beach, S.C., on March 15. Freshman Cory Terwilliger ran personal bests in the 100- and 200-meter sprints.
Freshman Aimee Dubois shot an 81 at Barefoot Resort and Golf in Myrtle Beach on March 20 to lead Vassar to a first-place finish in the Myrtle Beach Shootout. Junior Paloma Jiminez and freshman Angela Mentel tied for sixth, and senior Nicole Bronson was eighth in the event as Vassar defeated Wellesley, McDaniel College, and William Smith.
Katie LeClair fought her way to the semifinals of the qualifying pool in foil competition on March 10 at the NCAA Northeast Regional at St. John’s University in Queens. LeClair finished 17th overall. Anna Stevens was 42nd in foil competition. In epee, Caitlin Clevenger was 32nd, Megan Lewis was 43rd, and Noelle Sawyer was 51st. Tracy Bratt finished 38th in sabre. Six Vassar fencers qualified for NCAA tournament play in qualifying matches on March 10 at St. John’s University. Vassar defeated the University of Massachusetts, Wellesley, Dartmouth, and Boston University and lost to Sacred Heart at the Northeast Conference Meet on March 3 in Boston. LeClair was 12-1 in foil, and Clevenger was 11-3 in epee. Katharine Sweeney, Rachel Messbauer, and Lewis also had winning records in the meet.
Alex Vastola and Matt Steinschneider finished 34th and 35th, respectively, in foil competition at the NCAA Northeast Regional tourney on March 10 at St. John’s University in Queens, N.Y. John Arden was 23rd and Zach Wilson finished 26th in sabre, and Tavish Pegram was 30th in epee. Vassar defeated three of four opponents on March 2 at the Northeast Conference Meet in Waltham, Mass. The Brewers defeated the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, and Boston University, while losing to Sacred Heart. Steinschneider, Arden, Wilson, and Pegram all excelled for the Brewers.