Vassar took top-seeded Hobart College into double overtime on Mar. 1 before losing in the Liberty League championship game, 75-74. Vassar finished the year with a 19-8 record, the most victories in its history.
The Brewers advanced to the Liberty League championship game with a 66-62 victory over Skidmore College on Feb. 26. It was the team’s first Liberty League playoff victory in history. Five players scored in double figures, led by sophomore guard Johnny Mrlik with 18.
The Brewers played their first overtime game of the season on Feb. 22, losing to Clarkson University, 77-75, in their final regular season contest.
Vassar secured a postseason playoff berth on Feb. 21 with a 76-58 victory over St. Lawrence University. It was the Brewers’ 10th Liberty League victory, the most in the team’s history.
Mrlik sank six of his nine shots from three-point range and finished with 30 points, leading Vassar to a 107-89 win over Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute on Feb. 18 at the Athletics and Fitness Center.
A furious second-half comeback fell just short as Mrlik’s three-point try at the buzzer hit the rim twice but failed to drop in Vassar’s 73-70 loss to Union College on Feb. 15.
Mrlik had 22 points, seven rebounds, and four assists to lead Vassar to a 71-67 victory over Skidmore College on Feb. 14 at the Athletics and Fitness Center. Sophomore Erikson Wasyl connected on four of six shots from behind the three-point arc and finished with 16 points.
Junior forward Alex Snyder scored 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, but Vassar fell to first-place Hobart College, 68-52, in a Liberty League contest on the Hobart campus on Feb. 8.
Vassar played a strong second half against Liberty League rival Rochester Institute of Technology on Feb. 7 but could not overcome a 19-point halftime deficit and lost by a score of 88-78 on the RIT campus.
Mrlik scored 12 of his game-high 22 points in the final 10 minutes to lead Vassar to a 79-75 comeback victory at Bard College on Feb. 4.
Junior Allyson Pemberton scored a career-high 24 points to lead Vassar to a 64-60 victory over St. Lawrence University in the Liberty League championship game on Mar. 1 at St. Lawrence. Vassar advanced to the NCAA tournament with a record of 22-5. All-American point guard Cydni Matsuoka ’14 scored 27 points and sparked a second-half comeback with clutch shooting as Vassar advanced to the finals of the playoffs on Feb. 26 with an 81-70 victory over William Smith College.
Vassar clinched second place in the Liberty League with a 66-60 victory over Clarkson University on Feb. 22. Matsuoka scored 27 points in the final regular season game of her career.
Host St. Lawrence University captured the Liberty League’s regular season crown with a 75-66 victory over Vassar on Feb. 21. Matsuoka scored 27 points on 11-for-21 shooting, and sophomore Caitlin Drakeley added 16.
Vassar outscored Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 42-19, in the second half and cruised to an 80-64 victory on Feb. 18 at the Athletics and Fitness Center. Matsuoka scored 21 points and handed out 10 assists. Senior forward Hannah Senftleber also had 21 points and grabbed 15 rebounds.
Matsuoka scored 20 points as Vassar defeated Union College, 67-63, on Senior Day (Feb. 15) at the Athletics and Fitness Center. Drakeley had 15 points and 14 rebounds.
Drakeley nailed a three-pointer to send the game into overtime, then scored five points in the extra session to lead Vassar to a 73-67 win over Skidmore College on Feb. 14.
Vassar dropped out of first place in the Liberty League standings on Feb. 8, losing to William Smith College, 75-72 in overtime, on the William Smith campus.
Matsuoka and Senftleber combined for 44 points as Vassar defeated Rochester Institute of Technology, 86-73, on Feb. 7 on the RIT campus.
Six players scored in double figures as the Brewers posted their most lopsided victory of the season, defeating Bard College, 85-40, on Feb. 4. Drakeley led all Vassar scorers with 17 points and added seven rebounds and three steals.
Vassar won the first two sets of a match at New York University on Feb. 27 but lost the next three by a total of seven points. NYU’s Stephen Tan had the winning tally in the first set, a 25-22 victory, and sophomore Erik Halberg’s kill gave the Brewers the second set, 25-19. But NYU won the next three, 27-25, 27-25, and 15-12.
Vassar lost three close sets to 10th-ranked Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Feb. 22 in Cambridge, Mass. Senior Joe Pyne and junior setter Colin White-Dzuro were Vassar’s top contributors.
Pyne recorded 18 kills and 13 digs as Vassar defeated Hunter College in straight sets on Feb. 18 at Kenyon Hall.
Vassar dropped a pair of matches on Feb. 15 at Emerson College in Boston, Mass., losing to Endicott College in three sets before falling to the hosts in four close sets. Junior Colin Fearn-Johnson led the Brewers in the first match with nine kills and seven digs.
Pyne helped Vassar jump out to an early lead against 12th-ranked Stevens Institute of Technology, but the Brewers fell in four sets in a non-conference match at Kenyon Hall on Feb. 12.
The Brewers lost in four sets to Elmira College on Feb. 9 in a match in Cambridge, Mass. Sophomore Reno Kriz led Vassar with 17 kills, while Pyne had 14 kills and eight digs.
Vassar split a pair of matches on Feb. 8, falling to Nazareth College before defeating D’Youville College. Kriz led the Brewers with 11 kills. In the victory over D’Youville, Kriz had 13 kills, and freshman Christian Lizana finished with six kills, four assisted blocks, and two aces.
Vassar split a pair of non-league matches at Kenyon Hall on Feb. 1, defeating Elms College in straight sets and losing to Ramapo College in four sets. Freshman Quinn Rutledge had 22 assists, and Kriz added six kills and five aces in the match against Elms.
Women’s Swimming and Diving
Freshman Julia Cunningham was Vassar’s top performer at the Upper New York State Collegiate Swimming Association championships at Ithaca College Feb. 19–22. Cunningham finished third in the 400-yard individual medley and fourth in the 100-yard butterfly. Cunningham also teamed with Milee Nelson ‘16, McKenzie Quinn ‘14, and Lily Frye ‘16 for a sixth-place finish in the 400-yard freestyle relay. Olivia Harries was sixth in the 1,650-yard freestyle. Vassar finished eighth in a 15-team field.
Cunningham and diver Maya Pruitt ’16 led Vassar to a second-place finish in a six-team field on Feb. 1 at the Skidmore College Sprint Invitational meet in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Cunningham won the 100-yard breaststroke, and Pruitt won the 3-meter competition and finished second in the 1-meter event. SUNY New Paltz won the event with 580 points, followed by Vassar with 384, William Smith College with 314, Skidmore with 200, SUNY Cobleskill with 79, and Sarah Lawrence College with 32.
Men’s Swimming and Diving
Junior Luc Amodio broke the school record for the 50-yard backstroke and was part of a record-breaking 200-yard medley relay team at the Upper New York State Collegiate Swimming championships on Feb. 19 at Ithaca College. Amodio’s time in the 50-yard backstroke was 24.21 during his leg of the relay race. Amodio teamed with Anthony Walker ‘17, Greg Cristina ‘16, and Matt Weiss ‘15 to smash the school record in the event with a time of 1:36.1. Vassar finished ninth in a 14-team field.
Amodio won the 100-yard backstroke and was a member of the winning 200-yard medley relay team as Vassar finished second at the Vassar Sprint Invitational on Feb. 1 at Kresge Pool. SUNY New Paltz won the meet with 432 points, followed by Vassar with 425, Skidmore College with 424, SUNY Cobleskill with 120, Sarah Lawrence College with 110.5, and Bard College with 47.5. Walker won the 50- and 100-yard butterfly events, and Weiss won the 50-yard backstroke.
Vassar finished eighth in a 10-team field at the United States Collegiate Squad Championships on Feb. 23 in Philadelphia, Pa. Rachel Messbauer ‘16, Olivia Weiss ‘17, and Megan Lewis ‘15 were the top contributors.
Freshman Elsa Stoff and Weiss continued their strong play, leading Vassar to five victories on Feb. 8 at the New Hampshire Invitational on the University of New Hampshire campus. Vassar lost to Sacred Heart University, then beat New Hampshire, Dartmouth College, Boston University, Wellesley College, and the University of Massachusetts. Lily Elbaum ‘16, Claudia Carcamo ‘17, and Messbauer also excelled for Vassar.
Weiss won all five of her matches as Vassar split a pair of matches on Feb. 1 at Yale University. The Brewers lost to Yale, 19-8, but defeated Drew University, 20-7. Messbauer had three wins in épée, and Stoff won three foil contests.
Senior John Arden was Vassar’s top performer on Feb. 23 at the United States Collegiate Squad Championships in Philadelphia, Pa. The Brewers finished seventh in the event.
Vassar won four of five matches on Feb. 8 at the New Hampshire Invitational tournament at the University of New Hampshire. After losing their opening match to Sacred Heart University, the Brewers reeled off victories over Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, Boston University, and the University of Massachusetts. Matt Steinschneider ‘14, Kenny Lee ‘14, Tre Artis ‘15, Giovanni Zaccheo ‘14, and Zach Wilson ‘16 turned in the top performances.
Vassar defeated Drew University, 21-6, but lost to Yale University, 16-11, on Feb. 1 in matches on the Yale campus. Arden had four wins, while Wilson and freshman Jackson Dammann each had three.
Vassar finished its season with a 6-3 victory over Siena College on Feb. 16 at the three-day Collegiate Squash Association championships in Northampton, Mass. Senior captains Ricardo Espinosa and Kiet Phun finished their collegiate careers with straight-set wins. Alan Darer ‘14, Tim Viet ‘16, Ben Kurchin ‘16, and Noah Kulick ‘15 also won their matches. On Feb. 15, Fordham University defeated Vassar, 8-1, as junior Juan Pablo Fernandez had the only victory for the Brewers. On Feb. 14, the Brewers fell to the University of Southern California, 7-2. Junior David Garfinkel and Kulick won their matches.
Vassar defeated Siena, 6-3, and Gettysburg College, 8-1, before losing to Fordham University, 8-1, in the Hudson Valley Team Tournament on Feb. 8 at Kenyon Hall. Espinosa and Phun led the win over Siena. Freshman Carly Scher won a four-game match in the victory over Gettysburg, and Espinosa and Phun also claimed victories as the team celebrated Senior Day. Espinosa had the only win in the match against Fordham.
Kulick had the lone victory as Vassar lost to Fordham University, 8-1, and fell to New York University, 9-0, on the Fordham campus on Feb. 2. Kulick defeated Fordham’s Ray Chen, 3 sets to 1. It was his first collegiate win.
Freshman Nick Litsky was the lone Vassar winner on Feb. 23 in an 8-1 loss to Denison University in Fredericksburg, Va. On Feb. 22, sophomore Christian Phelps won the clinching match in a 5-4 victory over North Carolina Wesleyan College. Litsky and Daniel Cooper ‘16 also won their singles matches, and the Brewers got doubles wins from Cooper and Phelps and from Litsky and Evan Udine ‘16. Vassar lost to the University of Mary Washington, 9-0, earlier in the day.
Vassar swept all of its singles matches and defeated the United States Coast Guard Academy, 8-1, on Feb. 9 in New London, Conn. Cooper, Litsky, Phelps, Udine, Christian Lyon ‘15, and Juan Laso ‘17 all won in straight sets. Phelps and Lyon won their doubles match, 8-5, and Litsky and Sha Huang ’16 were victorious, 8-1.
Vassar opened its spring season with a 5-0 victory over Clark University on Feb. 8 at Taconic Tennis Club in Hopewell Junction, N.Y. Phelps and freshman Alexander Luckmann won their singles matches, while Phelps and Lyon, Cooper and Udine, and Litsky and Huang won their doubles matches.
Sophomore Kelsey Van Noy won the clinching singles match as Vassar defeated Muhlenberg College, 8-1, at Walker Field House on Feb. 22. Samantha Schapiro ‘15, Emily Hallewell ‘17, Lauren Stauffer ‘16, and Connie Yoo ‘17 also won their singles matches. Senior captain Lindsay Kantor teamed with Stauffer to win a doubles match. Schapiro and Shayna Becker ‘17 and the team of Hallewell and Van Noy also captured doubles matches.
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