As members of the current varsity team cheered them on, alumni of Vassar baseball teams dating as far back as 1979 returned to the campus Oct. 5 and played a spirited nine innings at Prentiss Field.
The annual alumni game usually pits the alums against the current team, but because so many alums showed up this year, they chose up sides and played each other. “Call us the Tired vs. the Weary,” says Chris English ’82, of Milton, MA.
English’s son, Brooks English ’16, is the starting third baseman on the current varsity squad. He said watching his father and the other 21 alums battle each other for nearly two hours was “highly entertaining and, at times, hilarious.”
Varsity Coach Jon Martin, who organizes the game every year, says he was impressed by this year’s turnout. “It’s important to get the alumni involved in our program, and clearly there’s a lot of enthusiasm here today,” Martin says.
Another alum, Erik Leif ’85, of Manhattan, made some dazzling plays at shortstop but said he had modest goals for the day: “My number one priority? No torn ligaments.”
No one kept score, but everyone had a good time.
“To come back every year and be able to play a little ball and renew old friendships – it’s priceless,” English says.
Junior Zach Nasipak scored on a pass from Justin Mitchell ’15 midway through the second half as Vassar and Union College battled to a 2-2 draw on Oct. 30 on the Union campus in Schenectady, N.Y. Sophomore Gavin Jennings opened the scoring at 41:01, but Union scored back-to-back goals early in the second half to take the lead. The tie puts Vassar in strong contention for a Liberty League playoff berth.
Senior goalkeeper Ryan Grimme made a season-high 11 saves as Vassar and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute played a scoreless tie on Oct. 26 on the RPI campus in Troy, N.Y. Three of Grimme’s saves came in overtime.
Senior Rob Manukyan scored early in the first half to pace Vassar to a 2-0 victory over Liberty League rival Clarkson University on Oct. 19. Junior striker Tom Wiechert got an insurance goal late in the first half. On Oct. 18, the Brewers lost to 10th-ranked St. Lawrence University, 3-0, at Gordon Field. Senior Juliano Pereira scored the lone goal of the game midway through the second half as Vassar defeated Liberty League rival Rochester Institute of Technology, 1-0, on Oct. 5 in Rochester, N.Y. Pereira sent a free kick into the corner of the net for the unassisted goal. On Oct. 4, the Brewers and Hobart College battled to a 0-0 draw. Grimme had eight saves for the Brewers.
Sophomore Kamaria Coley scored three goals on three shots on Oct. 29 as Vassar defeated Liberty League rival Bard College, 5-1, on the Bard campus. The game was scoreless for more than 60 minutes before freshman Jordyn Matthews scored on a pass from junior Chloe Wheeler. Coley scored the first of her three goals 24 seconds later.
Freshman Emily Krebs scored late in the first half as Vassar defeated Liberty League opponent Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1-0, on Oct. 26 at Gordon Field. Krebs scored at 41:35 on a cross from freshman Kelsey Hamm.
Wheeler scored the lone Vassar goal in a 5-1 loss to William Paterson University on the winners’ field on Oct. 23. Wheeler scored the 11th game-winning goal of her career on Oct. 19 in a 2-0 victory over Clarkson University. Sophomore Lucy Brainerd scored an insurance goal just before the first half ended. One day earlier, the Brewers dropped a 1-0 decision to St. Lawrence University.
Wheeler scored both goals on Oct. 12 in Vassar’s 2-0 victory over Rutgers-Newark on the Newark campus. Wheeler scored at 36:15 of the first half after picking up a loose ball near the net. She scored again about two minutes into the second half on a pass from Coley.
Vassar battled to a 2-2 tie with nationally-ranked Rochester Institute of Technology on Oct. 5 in a game at Gordon Field. RIT held a 2-1 lead with less than 12 minutes remaining in regulation time when Krebs scored her first goal of the season on a pass from Brainerd. Wheeler scored on a pass from Becca Olson ‘16 earlier in the second half.
Freshman goalkeeper Stephanie Taplosky made several outstanding saves, but Vassar lost to Liberty League leader William Smith College, 1-0, in overtime, on Oct. 4.
Women’s Field Hockey
Sophomore Bianca Zarrella scored Vassar’s only goal in a 5-1 loss to SUNY New Paltz on Oct. 31 in a non-league match on the Vassar campus.
Senior Tina Caso scored both goals—including the game-winner in overtime—as Vassar defeated the University of Scranton, 2-1, on Oct. 29 at Weinberg Field.
Caso, Lauren Wiebe ‘16, and Liz Raskopf ‘14each scored a goal in a 3-1 win over Ramapo College on Oct. 26 in Mahwah, N.J.
Vassar finished the Liberty League regular season with a 1-0 loss to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1-0, on Oct. 23. The loss snapped a program-high five-game winning streak. Vassar earned a berth in the Liberty League playoffs with a 2-0 win over Union College on Oct. 19. Senior Capt. Catherine Fiore paced the defense for the Brewers. Wiebe scored the game-winner on a pass from senior Anna Schroeder.
Caso scored the game-winner as Vassar defeated St. Lawrence University, 3-1, on Oct. 12 at Weinberg Field.
On Oct. 11, the Brewers defeated nationally-ranked Skidmore College, 2-1, at Weinberg Field. Vassar trailed 1-0 at halftime and senior goalkeeper Maggie Brelis made three outstanding saves early in the second half. Zarrella tied the game, and with just over five minutes remaining, senior Dara Davis sent a crossing pass to Caso for the winning goal.
In the Oct. 12 game against rival St. Lawrence, Caso scored two goals breaking a 1-1 tie when she redirected a shot from Schroeder 43 minutes into the match. Zarrella got Vassar’s third goal to ice the game.
Vassar won a pair of shutouts on the road on Oct. 4 and 5, defeating Hartwick College, 3-0, then crushing Morrisville State College, 10-0. On Oct. 4, Vassar scored on two of its seven first-half shots in the victory over Hartwick College. Wiebe, Caso, and Raskopf scored for the Brewers. Wiebe had three goals in the win over Morrisville, and Davis had two.
SUNY New Paltz posted 12 service aces in a straight-set victory over Vassar on Oct. 30 at Kenyon Hall. The visitors won with scores of 25-18, 25-18, and 25-9. Vassar held a 15-13 lead in the first set before New Paltz scored 12 of the final 15 points. Freshman Gabby Miller led the Brewers with eight kills, three aces, and five digs.
Vassar lost in five sets to Coast Guard Academy after defeating host Connecticut College in a tri-meet on Oct. 26 in New London, Conn. In the win over Connecticut, Miller had 12 kills and five digs, while junior Taylor Mosley had 10 kills and seven digs. Junior Clara Cardillo had 10 kills in 16 tries and added two blocks. In the match against Coast Guard Academy, Vassar won the fourth set, 25-15, but lost the final set, 16-14. Mosley led the Brewers with 15 kills and 10 digs. Cardillo had 13 kills, and Marie Pitre ’15 had 10.
Vassar defeated both Skidmore College and Rochester Institute of Technology in four sets on Oct. 19, a day after losing to Union College in straight sets. The Brewers dropped the opening set to Skidmore, 25-21, then won the next three. Senior Jessie Ditmore had eight kills. Senior Rose Carman had 52 assists and a career-high 15 digs and four blocks. In their first match of the day, the Brewers lost the first set but won the next three, led by Cardillo, who had 14 kills in 25 attempts. Cardillo added five blocks. On Oct. 18, Vassar lost to Union College, 25-19, 25-8, 25-15.
On Oct. 16, the Brewers fell to a strong Stevens Institute of Technology team in four sets. Vassar narrowly lost the first set, 25-22, then won the second, 25-23. But Stevens came back to win the next two, 25-15 and 25-14, to win the match. Mosley had 15 kills, while Miller had 32 assists and 10 digs.
Mosley and Miller were named to the all-tournament team as Vassar won a pair of matches and finished third at the Seven Sisters Championship on Oct. 13 in South Hadley, Mass. Vassar defeated Bryn Mawr College in four sets and swept Mount Holyoke College in straight sets.
The Brewers swept Liberty League rival Bard College, 25-8, 25-4, 25-13, in a match on Oct. 8 at Kenyon Hall. Vassar hit .643 in the second set—a season high. Cardillo led the way with eight kills, while Ditmore had seven kills in nine attempts.
Vassar split four Liberty League matches on Oct. 4 and 5 at Bard College. On Oct. 5, the Brewers defeated St. Lawrence University in straight sets but fell to Union College, 3-1. Mosley had 19 kills in 31 attempts against St. Lawrence, while sophomore Chloe Hallum had 14 of the team’s 44 digs.
On Oct. 4, Vassar defeated Skidmore College in four sets but lost in straight sets to Liberty League leader Clarkson University. Mosley had 17 kills in the win over Skidmore, while Ditmore had eight and Pitre had six, plus four assisted rejections.
Vassar’s Lightweight 4—Nicholas Corrado ‘16, Matthew Higgins ‘16, Frank Hoffman ‘15, and coxswain Heloise Mercier ‘16—finished ninth and the Men’s 8 finished 31st at the Head of the Fish Regatta on Oct. 29 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. The Men’s Novice A boat was 13th, and the B boat was 16th.
Vassar’s men’s four placed 31st in their event at the Head of the Charles Regatta on Oct. 21 in Cambridge, Mass. Vassar rowers were Macrae Marran ‘15, Jay Mayur ‘15, Jacob Damsky ‘15, and Kevin Newhall ‘17. Coxswain was Ari Skoufos ‘16.
The Brewers defeated several notable teams, including Amherst College, Vanderbilt University, and Texas A&M University. Vassar’s men’s varsity 8 finished sixth, with a time of 18:12, at the Head of the West Point Regatta at the U.S. Military Academy on Oct. 5. The Vassar A and B men’s fours finished fifth and eighth, respectively.
The Collegiate 8 boat, coxswained by sophomore Chelsea Carter, finished 16th at the Head of the Fish Regatta in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., on Oct. 29. The varsity 4 B boat finished 20th, while the A squad was 24th. The women’s four—sophomores Kate Chatham, Lena Nitsan, Elena Riecke, Korina Tolbert, and Carter—finished 26th at the Head of the Charles Regatta in Cambridge, Mass., on Oct. 21. Vassar defeated several notable crews, including Marquette University and Texas A&M University.
The women’s 8 finished sixth, with a time of 19:59, on Oct. 5 at the Head of the West Point Regatta at the U.S. Military Academy. The women’s four finished eighth in a field of 12.
Men’s Cross Country
Vassar finished fourth in a field of 21 teams on Oct. 19 at the Connecticut College Invitational in Waterford, Conn. Freshman Alfredo Mazzuca finished 10th overall. Junior Eliot Gerson was 20th, and sophomore Jonah Williams was 22nd.
Mazzuca finished fifth overall at the Geneseo Invitational on Oct. 5, leading Vassar to a third-place finish in a field of 20 teams. Williams was 16th, and Gerson was 25th.
Women’s Cross Country
Three Vassar runners finished in the top 10 as Vassar won the Seven Sisters Championship on Oct. 19 in Southampton, Mass. Senior Aubree Piepmeier was second overall. Freshmen Kate Snider and Lucy Balcezak finished fourth and eighth, respectively.
Piepmeier posted a personal-best time of 22:17.1 to finish second overall on Oct. 12 at the Geneseo Invitational. Piepmeier led Vassar to a third-place finish in a field of 18 teams and solidified the Brewers’ No. 28 ranking in the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association poll. Balcezak, Snider, and freshman Jemma Howlett were 29th, 30th, and 31st, respectively.
Vassar swept its doubles matches and defeated Yeshiva University, 8-1, in the team’s final match of the fall season on Oct. 11 at Josselyn Courts. Sophomore Sha Huang and junior Will Zhu won the No. 1 doubles match, 8-4. Sophomores Christian Phelps and Evan Udine won their doubles match, and each posted a victory in singles.
Freshmen Nick Litsky, Juan Laso, Jim Lee, and Michael Kim all launched their Vassar careers with wins in an 8-1 victory over Liberty League rival Bard College on Oct. 5.
Freshmen Emily Hallewell and Shayna Becker won their brackets at the New York State Tennis Championships on Oct. 13 at Ithaca College. Sophomore Kelsey Van Noy and freshman Connie Yoo both advanced to the finals of their brackets. Van Noy and Lindsay Kantor ‘14 advanced to the finals in their doubles bracket before losing by a score of 9-7.
Sophomore Aimee Dubois shot a pair of 79s to finish fourth overall, leading Vassar to a fifth-place finish on Oct. 13 at the Ann S. Batchelder Invitational in Wellesley, Mass. Vassar finished 10th in a field of 15 teams on Oct. 4 and 5 at the Williams Fall Invitational in Williamstown, Mass. Dubois led Vassar with a two-day score of 176 (84-92).
Vassar avenged a 53-0 loss in September, defeating Marist College, 22-5, on Oct. 26 in the semifinals of the Tri-State Conference playoffs on the Marist campus. Vassar advanced to the semifinals with a 17-0 victory over Rutgers University earlier in the day. Margaret Kwateng ‘15 and Cierra Thomas ’17 scored tries for the Brewers.
Kwateng, Hannah Fink ‘15, and Dallas Robinson ’15 scored for the Brewers. Kwateng had two tries, and Robinson and sophomore Meg Slattery each had one as Vassar edged Rutgers, 24-22, on Oct. 19 on the Rutgers campus. The Brewers trailed 15-12 at halftime but rallied for the win behind Kwateng’s tries.
Vassar got off to a strong start but failed to hold the lead in the second half, losing, 20-5, to SUNY Albany on Oct. 12. Thomas had the lone try for the Brewers. Kwateng scored four tries, and Robinson and Thomas each had two as Vassar shut out SUNY New Paltz, 64-0, in a rainstorm at Vassar Farm on Oct. 6.
Senior Jerry Dieudonne scored three tries as Vassar defeated Sacred Heart University, 51-19, on Oct. 27 on the losers’ pitch.
Andrew Jdaydani ’14, Brian Heil ‘14, Karl Foley ‘14, and Erik Quinson ’15 each had two tries as Vassar rolled over SUNY New Paltz, 72-5, on Oct. 20 in Poughkeepsie.
Jesse Myhill ‘15, Geoff Matthes ‘15, and Dieudonne all scored tries as Vassar edged Molloy College, 32-29, on Oct. 13 on the Vassar campus. Vassar alumni defeated varsity, 22-19, in a spirited contest on the Vassar campus on Oct. 6. Four alums —Brett Anker ’12, Kevin Frodell ‘10, Dan Zabar ‘06, and Garrett Montgomery ‘11—scored tries. Seamus Taylor ‘17, Stoddard Meigs ‘16, and Ben Chipkin ‘15 scored for the varsity team.
Men’s Swimming and Diving
Vassar finished fourth in a field of six on Oct. 26 at the Union College Relays in Schenectady, N.Y. The Brewers’ 400-yard medley relay and 400-yard freestyle relay teams each finished third in the finals of their events. The medley team included Luc Amodio ‘15, Patrick Lai ‘17, Anthony Walker ‘17, and Vincent Palladino ‘17. Amodio, Walker, Isaiah Hale ‘16, and Chris Cerutti ‘17 swam on the freestyle team. Vassar’s lone diver, John Nguyen ‘14, finished fourth on the one-meter board. Relay teams in the 300 backstroke, 300 breaststroke, 600 medley, and 200 IM all took fourth place.
Women’s Swimming and Diving
The 3x100 backstroke relay team led Vassar to a fifth-place finish on Oct. 26 at the Union College Relays in Schenectady, N.Y. The team of Marie Schmidt ‘16, Anna Kuo ‘16, and Maryam Pourmaleki ‘16 swam the race in 3:18.59.
Men’s and Women’s Fencing
Alumnae/i of the Vassar fencing team won four of six events in competition against the current squads at the eighth annual Alumnae/i Match on Oct. 6 at Walker Field House. Andrew Fischl ’11 won the men’s sabre event, and Brian Rouse ’12 won the men’s épée. In the women’s competition, Veronica Weser ’12 won the épée event, and Tracy Bratt ’13 won the sabre competition. Ten former Vassar fencers returned for the event. Lara Beneshan ’91 and alumni coach Christina Massiala-Vaka presented the awards. Other alums in attendance were John Rothman ’10, Dr. Richard Markowitz ’89, Mike D’Urso ’11, Alex Vastola ’13, and Eric Lynch ’10.
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