Senior tri-captain Andrew Guzick lost a tense, three-set match on May 23 in the opening round of the NCAA Division III singles championships in Kalamazoo, Mich. Washington University’s Adam Putterman defeated Guzick, 7-6, 6-7, 6-4. Head Coach John Cox was named Intercollegiate Tennis Association Coach of the Year for the Northeast Region. Cox led the team to the Liberty League Championship and the second round of the NCAA Division III team tournament. Guzick and freshman Daniel Cooper won their doubles match, but Vassar fell to ninth-ranked Johns Hopkins, 5-1, in the second round of the NCAA Division III playoffs on May 11 at Middlebury (Vt.) College. Vassar shut out Marywood University, 5-0, in the first round on May 10. Senior tri-captain Dan Freeman was perfect in his singles match, winning 6-0, 6-0.
In a battle of two teams ranked in the top 25 in the country in NCAA Division III, number 20 Skidmore defeated number 25 Vassar, 6-2, in the finals of the Liberty League Championships in Rochester, N.Y., on May 5. Vassar’s doubles teams, Ava Sadeghi and Samantha Schapiro and Lauren Stauffer and Winnie Yeates, won their matches, but the Brewers could not get a win in singles play. The Brewers had advanced to the finals by defeating Union, 5-0, on May 3 and St. Lawrence, 5-1, on May 4.
The men’s 4x400 relay team qualified for the ECAC Championships with a second-place finish in the Oneonta State Last Chance Meet on May 11. The team of Mathue Duhaney, Sam Wagner, Dylan Manning, and Abe Gatling had a time of 3:29.40, just 0.29 behind St. Lawrence. The 4x100 team of Duhaney, Cory Terwilliger, Elijah Mondesir, and Peter Winkeler also qualified for the ECACs. Duhaney set a school record in the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.97 at the Matthew Vassar Twilight Meet on May 3 on the Vassar campus. Duhaney finished second overall in both the 200 and the 100. Gatling finished third in the 200 with a personal best time of 23.04. Wagner, freshman Andres Orr, and sophomore Eliot Gerson excelled in the 800-meter run. Wagner’s time of 1:55.2 was good for third place. Gatling’s late surge enabled the 4x400 relay team to edge the Merchant Marine Academy for first place. Lisle Schaeffer and senior captain Roni Teich earned personal bests in the 5,000. Schaeffer was third overall with a time of 15:36.34, while Teich finished in 15:40.48, good for fifth.
Senior Kelly Holmes finished 10th in the preliminaries of the 800-meter run at the NCAA Division III Track and Field Championships on May 24 in La Crosse, Wisc. Her time of 2:11.88 was 0.31 seconds behind ninth-place finisher Jennifer Randall of Ithaca College. The top nine runners qualified for the finals.
At the Oneonta State Last Chance Meet on May 11, the 4x400 relay team of Holmes, Ariel Bridges, Emily Crnic, and Heather Ingraham posted the 28th best time in the nation—a 3:54.15. The time qualified the team for the ECAC Championship meet. Holmes won the 800-meter run with one of the best times registered by NCAA Division III runners this spring to lead Vassar to an impressive showing at the Matthew Vassar Twilight Meet on May 3. Holmes’ time of 2:11.62 was the eighth-best in the nation. In the same race, Payton Johnson set a personal best of 2:19.91—good enough to qualify for the ECAC Championships. Ingraham’s 57.82 in the 400 was a personal best and moved her to 32nd place in the national rankings. The 4x100 relay team of Ingraham, Mollie Schear, Bridges, and Nina Anderson set a school record with a time of 50.24. Maria Rose set a school record in the pole vault when she cleared a height of 2.7 meters.
Junior first baseman Brett Zaziski was named to the 2013 American Baseball Coaches Association All-Region First Team. Zaziski was one of only three players in the Liberty League to receive the honor. He batted .449 this season with 19 doubles, two triples, and 29 RBIs in 39 games. Top-seeded Union defeated Vassar, 6-1, in the semifinals of the Liberty League tournament on May 10 at Siena College in Loudonville, N.Y. The Brewers had advanced with an 8-6 win over St. Lawrence earlier in the day. In the first game of the double-elimination tournament, Union edged Vassar, 3-2, in extra innings on May 9. In the victory over St. Lawrence, Sean Morash had a home run and four RBIs. In the 3-2 loss to Union, freshman centerfielder Nick Johnson broke a 1-1 tie with an RBI single in the top of the 10th inning, but Union responded with two runs in the bottom of the inning to gain the victory. Joe Lovizio gave up only one run in eight innings on the mound, and Zaziski knocked in the other run for the Brewers. Vassar finished the season with a record of 18-20-1. The 18 wins were the second highest total in school history, and a school record six members of the team were selected for All-Liberty League honors. Pitcher Zander Mrlik, shortstop Mike Perrone, Zaziski, and designated hitter Brooks English were named to the first team. Relief pitcher Connor Cucalon was selected to the second team, and Johnson received an honorable mention.
Vassar split a pair of doubleheaders with Union on May 4. The Brewers qualified for the league playoffs with a 4-2 win in the second game of a doubleheader in Poughkeepsie on May 5. Sophomore Johnny Mrlik pitched eight strong innings to notch his second win of the season. Perrone, Johnson, and Jason Garfinkel each had two hits, and Zaziski had two RBIs. Union won the first game of the doubleheader, 4-3. One day earlier, in Schenectady, Vassar defeated Union in the first game of a doubleheader, 4-0, before dropping the nightcap, 7-2. Lovizio pitched his third shutout of the season. Garfinkel’s RBI single broke a scoreless tie in the fourth. On May 1, Zaziski’s RBI single ignited an eight-run rally in the first inning, and the Brewers went on to defeat Manhattanville College, 17-11, on the Manhattanville campus in Purchase, N.Y. Perrone and second baseman Dave Robbins each knocked in three runs in the non-league contest.
Making their first appearance in the Liberty League playoffs since 2007, Vassar was defeated by top-seeded RPI, 12-5, on May 3 on the RPI campus in Troy, N.Y. Junior midfielder Phoebe Tzannes scored three times for the Brewers, who finished the season with a 12-4 record. Coach Judy Finerghty was named Liberty League Coach of the Year, and defender Jacqueline Palma was named a First-Team League All-Star. Attack Dara Davis and Tzannes were selected to the second team, while midfielder Marissa Reilly and freshman attack Isabelle Goldstein received honorable mention.
The Varsity 4 reached the finals of the New York State Championships on May 4 in Whitney Point, N.Y., with a third-place finish in its heat. The boat finished 6th in the championship race. The Novice Men’s 8 finished third in the consolation finals, defeating Stony Brook and NYU. The Brewers’ two Lightweight 4 boats finished third and fourth in the finals. Vassar’s two Open 4s also qualified for the finals.
The Lightweight 4 finished first at the New York State Championships on May 4, defeating SUNY Geneseo, Ithaca College, and Friends of Albany in the finals. Vassar’s two Open 4 boats finished second and third behind St. Lawrence and ahead of West Point and Friends of Albany.