Vassar jumped out to a 21-point lead at halftime and cruised to an 81-60 win at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute on Jan. 28. The win was the Brewers’ seventh Liberty League triumph in eight games and improved the team’s overall record to 14-3. Junior Allyson Pemberton connected on eight of 12 shots from the field and finished with a career-high 17 points. Junior guard Caitlin Drakeley led Vassar’s balanced scoring attack with 18 points. Senior point guard Cydni Matsuoka scored 17 points, senior forward Hannah Senftleber had 11, and junior guard Michelle Foreman came off the bench to score nine.
Senftleber and Matsuoka sparked a second-half comeback as Vassar defeated St. Lawrence University, 65-60, on Jan. 25 at the Athletics and Fitness Center. Twenty former Brewers attended the game during the team’s alumnae/i weekend. Vassar trailed 38-29 early in the second half, but the Brewers crept back into the game and finally tied it at 59 on a layup by junior guard Nyah Berg. Senftleber led all scorers with 26 points, and Matsuoka finished with 21. The 5-foot-5 preseason All-American also had a team-high 10 rebounds.
Matsuoka scored 18 points to lead the Brewers to a 67-50 win over Clarkson University on Jan. 24. The game was tied at 14 midway through the first half when Vassar went on a 13-2 run and led by at least seven points the rest of the way. Pemberton finished with 11 points, and Senftleber had 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Vassar shot 50.8 percent from the floor, and Matsuoka scored 22 points to lead the Brewers to a 79-61 victory over Bard College on Jan. 21 at the Athletics and Fitness Center. Matsuoka sank four three-pointers during a two-minute stretch midway through the second half as Vassar broke open a close game. Other scorers in double figures were Drakeley with 16, Senftleber with 15, and Pemberton with 13.
Matsuoka became Vassar’s all-time leading scorer as the Brewers defeated Liberty League rival Rochester Institute of Technology, 70-65, on Jan. 18 at the Athletics and Fitness Center. Matsuoka passed former teammate Brittany Parks ’12 with a three-point shot with 9:32 left in the game, eclipsing Parks’ school record of 1,582 points. Matsuoka finished with a game-high 25 points. Senftleber netted her 1,000th career point when she opened the game with two free throws. The game was tied at 65 when Drakeley nailed a three-pointer to put Vassar ahead for good with 30 seconds to play.
On Jan. 17, William Smith College defeated Vassar, 73-63, at the Athletics and Fitness Center. Vassar led 31-30 at halftime, but William Smith opened the second half with a 9-1 run and led by at least six points the rest of the way. Senftleber had 19 points to lead the Brewers in scoring.
Senftleber put Vassar ahead for good with about five minutes to play as the Brewers defeated Union College, 64-56, in a Liberty League game on Jan. 11 at Union. Matsuoka led a balanced scoring attack with 15 points. Drakeley had 12, and juniors Michaela Janowski and Pemberton each added 10. Senftleber had nine points and a game-high 15 rebounds.
Vassar opened its Liberty League season with a 58-50 win at Skidmore College on Jan. 10. Drakeley sparked a 12-4 run in the final six minutes to seal the victory. Senftleber led all scorers with 22 points. Matsuoka had 13 points and five assists.
Pemberton sank a 14-foot jump shot with less than a second remaining to lift Vassar to a 67-65 victory over Hartwick College on Jan. 7 at the Athletics and Fitness Center. The Brewers built a six-point lead early in the second half before Hartwick rallied to take a 49-48 lead with 10 minutes to play. Vassar retook the lead late in the game, but Hartwick tied it at 65 with eight seconds to go. Matsuoka drove the length of the floor before dishing to Pemberton for the winning basket. Matsuoka finished with 16 points to lead the Brewers, and she added 10 assists.
Junior forward Luka Ladan scored a career-high 26 points to lead Vassar to a 100-83 victory over Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute on Jan. 28 on the RPI campus. It was the first time the Brewers had reached triple digits in a game since November 2011. Sophomore guard Johnny Mrlik ignited the offense with nine early points as the Brewers jumped out to an 18-11 lead. Sophomore guard Erikson Wasyl sank four of five shots from the three-point arc and finished with 21 points. Mrlik scored 17 points, and junior forward Alex Snyder added 15, while freshman Otis Osman scored 10 points off the bench. Vassar improved its record to 6-2 in the Liberty League and 14-3 overall—the most victories for the Brewers since the 2007-08 season.
Vassar converted 70 percent of its shots from the floor in the second half and defeated St. Lawrence University, 73-65, on Jan. 25 at the Athletics and Fitness Center. Twenty-five former Brewers, on campus for the annual alumni game, witnessed the victory. Mrlik led all scorers with 20 points. Wasyl and Snyder each finished with 16.
Snyder was one of four players to score in double figures on Jan. 24 in a 69-51 victory over Clarkson University. Snyder had 17 points, Mrlik netted 16, Wasyl finished with 15, and junior Curtis Smith added 13. The Brewers led 29-25 at halftime and broke the game open with a 15-3 run to start the second half.
Ladan came off the bench to score 25 points to lead Vassar to a 66-59 Liberty League win over Bard College on Jan. 21. Ladan sank 10 of 15 shots from the floor and was 5-for-6 from the free throw line. Mrlik added 19 points, and Smith scored 10.
Four players scored in double figures as Vassar cruised to a 71-55 victory over Liberty League opponent Rochester Institute of Technology on Jan. 18. Smith led all scorers with 15 points. Osman finished with 13, and Wasyl and Ladan each had 10.
The Brewers lost to Hobart College, 63-61, on Jan. 17 at the Athletics and Fitness Center. Mrlik had a game-high 24 points. Snyder had seven rebounds and blocked three shots.
Union College snapped the Brewers’ eight-game winning streak on Jan. 11, defeating the Brewers, 79-74. Vassar closed a 10-point halftime deficit and tied the game at 65 with nine minutes to play. But Union soon regained the lead and ended the game with a 14-9 run. Mrlik led all Vassar scorers with 20 points, and Snyder finished with 15 points and 13 rebounds.
The team opened its Liberty League season on Jan. 10 with a 71-66 victory over Skidmore College. Mrlik and Wasyl each scored 18 points. Wasyl scored all of his points from behind the three-point line, sinking six of nine shots.
Senior forward Evan Carberry led Vassar on a late 14-7 run as the Brewers defeated St. Joseph’s College of Brooklyn, 69-60, on Jan. 7 at the Athletics and Fitness Center. Vassar held a 52-32 lead with 14 minutes to play, but St. Joseph’s cut it to 55-53 before Carberry sparked the late surge. He finished the game with 10 points and seven rebounds. Mrlik led all Vassar scorers with 15 points, while Ladan and Snyder added 12 and 11, respectively. Ladan pulled down a team-high nine rebounds.
Women’s Swimming and Diving
Freshman Julia Cunningham won two races, but the Brewers lost to New York University, 193-101, on Jan. 25 at Kresge Pool. Cunningham finished first in the 200-yard butterfly and 200-yard breaststroke. Sophomore Lily Frye won the 50-yard freestyle.
Cunningham was named to the All-Seven Sisters Team for her wins in the 100- and 200-yard butterfly events, leading Vassar to a third-place finish in the Seven Sisters Championship at the Athletics and Fitness Center on Jan. 19. Cunningham broke her own school record in the 200-yard event. Sophomore Alison Sagliocca led all Vassar scorers in the diving competition with a fifth-place finish in the three-meter competition.
Cunningham led a 1-2-3 Vassar sweep in the 100-yard butterfly, but the Brewers lost to Trinity College, 156-81, in a meet at Trinity in Hartford, Conn., on Jan. 14. Sophomore Maryam Pourmaleki was second, and junior Zoe Fullerton finished third. Cunningham also won the 100-yard freestyle, and sophomore diver Maya Pruitt was second in the one- and three-meter competitions.
Cunningham finished second in the 50-meter butterfly to pace Vassar to a fourth-place finish on Jan. 7 at the Bob Mowerson Swim Meet in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Cunningham completed the race in 32.28 seconds. Frye was third in the 50-meter freestyle, and sophomore Marie Schmidt finished fifth in the 50-meter backstroke. Senior McKenzie Quinn was sixth in the 50-meter breaststroke.
Men’s Swimming and Diving
Matt Weiss ‘15, Anthony Walker ‘17, and Greg Cristina ‘16 won races for Vassar, but the Brewers fell to New York University, 186-103, on Jan. 25 at Kresge Pool. Weiss won the 100-yard breaststroke, Walker won the 200-yard butterfly, and Cristina took first in the 50-yard freestyle. Junior Luc Amodio and freshman Chris Cerutti finished second and third, respectively, in the 100-yard breaststroke.
Walker broke his own school record in the 200-yard butterfly on Jan. 22, but Vassar was defeated by Montclair State University, 156-122, in a meet at the winners’ pool. Walker won the event and also took second in the 200-yard individual medley. He also won the 100-yard butterfly and was part of the winning 200-yard medley relay team, along with Cerutti, Weiss, and Cristina.
Amodio won the 200-yard individual medley and the 100-yard backstroke, but Trinity College defeated the Brewers, 150-77, on Jan. 14 at the winners’ pool in Hartford, Conn. Walker won the 100-yard butterfly, and he teamed with Amodio, Weiss, and Cristina for a second-place finish in the 200-yard medley relay.
Walker finished fifth in the 200-yard butterfly to lead Vassar to a fifth-place finish in the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Kumpf Invitational on Jan. 11 in Troy, N.Y. Amodio was sixth in the 100-yard freestyle, and Cerutti finished sixth in the 200-yard backstroke.
Walker finished fourth in the 50-meter butterfly to lead Vassar swimmers at the Bob Mowerson Swim Meet in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Jan. 7. Walker finished with a time of 27.82. Amodio and Cerutti were sixth and ninth, respectively, in the 50-meter backstroke.
Vassar defeated Smith College, 18-9, but dropped four other matches on Jan. 25 at the Boston College Invitational in Chestnut Hill, Mass. The Brewers lost to Tufts University, Brandeis University, Boston College, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Brown University. Elsa Stoff ‘17, Claudia Carcamo ‘17, Megan Lewis ‘15, Olivia Weiss ‘17, and Rachel Messbauer ‘16 were Vassar’s top performers.
Vassar won four of six matches on Jan. 18 at the Cleveland (Ohio) State Invitational. The Brewers defeated Cleveland State University, 19-8; Case Western Reserve University, 20-7; the University of Florida, 18-9; and the University of Detroit Mercy, 17-10. They lost matches to Wayne State University, 16-11, and the University of Michigan, 14-13. Stoff, Weiss, Lewis, and Carcamo were Vassar’s top performers.
Vassar won two of five matches on Jan. 25 at the Boston College Invitational, defeating Boston College, 14-13, and Tufts University, 16-11, while losing to Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 16-11; Brandeis University, 22-5; and Brown University, also by a score of 22-5. Senior Matt Steinschneider won 13 matches.
Vassar won five of six matches at the Cleveland State Invitational on Jan. 18 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Brewers lost to the host school, 14-13, but defeated Wayne State University, the University of Detroit Mercy, Case Western Reserve University, the University of Florida, and the University of Michigan. Steinschneider won 14 of his 17 matches, while Elam Coalson ‘16 finished with a 12-2 mark. Zach Wilson ’16 was 12-4.
Vassar’s co-ed squad lost, 9-0, on Jan. 25 at Kenyon Hall to nationally ranked Haverford College, and the men’s squad fell to Northeastern University by the same score. The women’s squad lost to Northeastern, 5-3. Senior captain Ricardo Espinosa won the third set of his match against Haverford’s Aaron Horowitz, 11-9, but fell in four sets. Freshman Carly Scher and juniors Roxanne Ringer and Margaret Walter won matches for the Brewers.
Junior Noah Kulick won his first collegiate set, 11-6, but could not close out the match as Vassar lost to Tufts University, 9-0, on Jan. 24 at Kenyon Hall. Espinosa played a spirited match against Tufts’ Aditya Advani, ranked 57th in the nation, but lost, 11-3, 11-6, 11-5.
The Brewers narrowly missed upsetting the fourth-ranked team in the country, losing in five sets to SUNY New Paltz on Jan. 29 at Kenyon Hall. Vassar won the first set, 25-21; lost the second, 25-23; and won the third, 25-23. But the undefeated New Paltz Hawks won the final two sets, 25-16 and 15-13, to seal the match. Sophomore Reno Kriz finished with 20 kills and added seven digs and two blocks. Setter Colin White-Dzuro ‘15 had 42 assists and six digs.
Vassar opened its season on Jan. 24 with a 3-1 loss to fifth-ranked Baruch College. Senior captain Joe Pyne led the team with 17 kills, but the Brewers lost, 25-18, 24-26, 25-14, 25-23.
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