The team netted a 4-0 win over Western Connecticut State University, with senior Juliano Pereira and junior Tom Wiechert each scoring two goals. The win is the second for the Brewers this season.
The Brewers are the defending regular season Liberty League champions, with a 2012 record of 13-5-3 and 5-1-2 in Liberty League action, winning the regular season title and earning the honor of hosting the first round of the Liberty League playoffs.
This season includes the return of eight starters: Pereira, Evan Seltzer ’14, Ryan Grimme ’14, Adrien Demelier ’14, Wiechert, Justin Mitchell ’15, Zach Nasipak ’15, and Jordan Palmer ’16.
The team defeated Mount Saint Mary College, 4-1, with the help of junior forward Chloe Wheeler, who got her eighth career game-winning goal.
The team is beginning the season with a new assistant coach, Pamela Monnier, who will act as a dedicated goalkeeping coach. The Brewers also return 10 starters and bring in seven freshmen.
The Brewers began their season with wins over Misericordia University and Cedar Crest College in a non-conference tri-match.
This year’s squad features five seniors, including All-Liberty League performer Jessie Ditmore. The Brewers will do their best to claim their first Liberty League title since 2006 and seek a long-awaited return to the NCAA Tournament.
“With the strength of the returning group and the addition of a fine set of newcomers, we really feel like we need to challenge for the Liberty League title. After winning eight league matches last season, the loss in the semis was tough, but we are definitely back in a position to be in the top tier of the league,” said head coach Jonathan Penn.
Women’s Cross Country
The women’s cross country team got strong performances from a variety of runners, finishing third at the 2013 Marist Invitational.
Vassar took home third, with a score of 62, but was only seven points behind Division I Iona College for second place. Marist College placed first, with SUNY New Paltz coming in fourth. Ava Farrell ‘16 was in the top 10 and led the Brewers—a first in her Vassar career.
The Brewers will rely on senior Aubree Piepmeier to help provide speed and leadership to the young squad. In 2012, Piepmeier was All-Liberty League, took 10th place at the NCAA Atlantic Regionals, and qualified for the NCAA National Championships.
“Aubree is a two-time national qualifier. This is her third season as a captain, and she really has a great presence with the women,” said head coach James McCowan.
Men’s Cross Country
The men’s cross country team opened the 2013 season by placing third at the Marist Invitational. Marist College placed first, followed by Iona College. SUNY New Paltz came in fourth.
The Brewers were paced by sophomore Jonah Williams, who took home 15th place, and by junior Eliot Gerson, who came in 17th.
“It was a good meet to get the season started with,” McCowan said. “I think it lets people know where they are, from a fitness standpoint.”
The team earned its 18th consecutive Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-Academic Team Award.
The Brewers have received this award every year since its establishment by the ITA in 1995. The Vassar women had to have a team GPA of 3.2 or higher in order to make the cut. Two individual members—former captain Natalie Santiago ’13 and Lauren Stauffer ’16—received ITA Scholar-Athlete Awards, both having maintained a GPA of 3.5 or higher.
The Brewers—ranked #26 nationally for the 2012-13 season—begin their season at the Lindsay Morehouse Invitational on Sept. 14 at Williams College.
Than Ferris has been named interim head coach of the men’s tennis team for the fall 2013 season.
The No. 1 singles player at Marist College from 1995-99, Ferris comes to Vassar from Twilight Park in Haines Falls, N.Y., where he served as the head tennis professional. He has coached steadily since 2002 while also playing professionally.
Ferris will be joined by 2013 Vassar alum Nick Jasso, who will be acting as the assistant coach.
Women’s Field Hockey
The team began its regular season with a 7-1 win against Keystone College.
Coming off of a 7-3 non-conference record last year, the Brewers began a new chapter this season with head coach Michael Warari, who took the reins following the move of former head coach Cara Reese to Wheaton College.
The new coach comes to Vassar after stints at such field hockey hotbeds as Dickinson College and Messiah College. His way of doing things has already rubbed off on the players.
“Coach Warari has been an excellent new addition to our team, and he has really changed our mentality, forcing us to believe in the fact that we can win and we can improve every day,” said senior captain Anna Schroeder.
The team has eight of its top 10 scorers returning from last season, along with all three starting defenders and starting netminder Maggie Brelis ’14.
Local teaching professional and golf lecturer Ivar Zirnis was recently named the Vassar women’s golf coach. Zirnis replaces Rhett Myers, who held the position for the past four seasons.
Zirnis served as a Professional Golfers’ Association teaching professional for the past 23 years, holding the position of head teaching professional at McCann Memorial Golf Course from 1992-2006.
The Freedom Plains, N.Y., native currently teaches at Vassar Golf Course on campus, while also conducting individual lessons, clinics, and playing lessons at Overlook Golf Center. He oversees golf operations at Vassar Golf Course and was previously the assistant coach for the Vassar women’s team for four seasons.
In addition, Zirnis has been an adjunct lecturer of golf classes at Vassar and Dutchess Community College since 1996.