All-American senior point guard Cydni Matsuoka scored 31 points to lead Vassar to its first-ever NCAA tournament win—a 75-74 victory over Williams College—on Mar. 7. But the Brewers lost a 72-71 heartbreaker to host University of Scranton the following day. Matsuoka converted 11 of 17 shots from the field in the win over Williams. In the second-round game, the Brewers held an 11-point lead early in the second half, but two of the team’s seven players fouled out late in the game and Scranton eked out the victory. Sophomore guard Caitlin Drakeley led all scorers with 28 points. Vassar finished the season with a 23-6 record, the most wins in team history.
Vassar earned its third Liberty League title in four years on Mar. 1 as junior Allyson Pemberton’s career-high 24 points powered the Brewers to a 64-60 win over top-seeded St. Lawrence University.
Vassar won its first Liberty League game of the year, defeating Skidmore College, 10-5, on Mar. 29. Max Herman '14, Sean Brazier '15, Colin Cederna '16, and Brandon DeStasio '17 each scored twice for the Brewers.
Herman scored three goals, but Vassar fell just short, losing 10-9 at Mount Saint Mary College on Mar. 26. Vassar scored six goals—two by Brazier—to erase a 9-3 deficit, but Mount Saint Mary scored the winning goal with less than five minutes to play.
Scott Brekne '15, Noah Parson '16, and Cederna scored goals, but Vassar lost its Liberty League opener on Mar. 22, 17-3, to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Parson scored a career-high six goals to lead Vassar to a 23-8 victory over Western Connecticut State University on Mar. 14 in Danbury, Conn. Vassar trailed 3-1 early in the first half but scored three straight goals to take the lead. Cederna’s goal put the Brewers ahead for good.
Herman scored his 100th goal of his career and added three more as the Brewers defeated SUNY Cobleskill, 21-5, on the Vassar campus on Mar. 11.
Cederna scored four goals, but Vassar lost to Swarthmore College, 15-10, on the Vassar campus on Mar. 8.
Herman recorded his second hat trick of the season, but Vassar fell to Montclair (N.J.) State University, 14-7, on Mar. 5 on the winners’ campus. Goalie Andrew Nicol '14 had 13 saves.
Herman, Parson, and freshman Liam Moriarty each scored hat tricks in Vassar’s 14-7 victory over Manhattanville College on Mar. 1 in Purchase, N.Y.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute outscored Vassar 5-1 in the second half to edge the Brewers, 10-8, in a Liberty League contest on Mar. 29 at Weinberg Field. Julia Trudell '17, Dara Davis ‘15, and Isabelle Goldstein ‘16 each scored twice for Vassar.
Senior Phoebe Tzannes tied the game and Trudell netted the game-winner as Vassar opened its Liberty League season with a 7-6 win over Skidmore College on Mar. 28 at Weinberg Field.
Davis and junior Leigh Anne Baldwin each scored three goals as Vassar defeated Western Connecticut State University, 16-8, on Mar. 25 in Danbury, Conn.
Sophomore Kim Mulvehill scored three goals to propel Vassar to a 13-4 victory over SUNY College at Old Westbury on Mar. 19 on the Vassar campus. Nine other Vassar players scored at least one goal in the non-conference contest.
Davis and Trudell each had three goals and two assists to lead Vassar to a 19-7 win over Mount Saint Mary College on Mar. 18 on the Mount Saint Mary campus in Newburgh, N.Y. Tzannes had four goals, including the score that put the Brewers ahead for good six minutes into the first half.
Davis and Goldstein each scored four goals to propel Vassar to a 16-11 win over Denison University on Mar. 16 in Colorado Springs.
Four players scored at least three goals as Vassar defeated Colorado College, 15-8, on Mar. 14 on the losers’ field. Davis and Goldstein each had four goals, while Tzannes and Trudell each had three.
Davis scored four goals, but Vassar lost its season opener, 19-8, on Mar. 12 to Regis University in Colorado Springs. Trudell and Goldstein each scored twice.
Senior captain Lindsay Kantor won her singles and doubles matches without losing a game to lead Vassar to a 9-0 victory over Rochester Institute of Technology on Mar. 30. Freshman Shayna Becker also won her singles match by 6-0, 6-0 scores.
Sophomore Kelsey Van Noy notched her second match-clinching win of the season on Mar. 29 as Vassar defeated Liberty League rival St. Lawrence University, 5-4, in Canton, N.Y. Van Noy won her match in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4. Samantha Schapiro '15 and Kantor also won singles matches. Kantor teamed with Van Noy to win one doubles match, and Emily Hallewell '17 and Winnie Yeates '16 won another.
Vassar ended its Spring Break road trip in California on Mar. 15 with a 6-3 win over Chapman University. Schapiro led the Brewers with a straight-set victory at No. 1 singles. Hallewell, Kantor, and sophomore Lauren Stauffer also scored singles victories. Hallewell teamed with Yeates for one doubles win, and Stauffer and Van Noy had another.
Van Noy and Yeates both won 6-0 sets in their singles matches as Vassar cruised to an 8-1 victory over California Institute of Technology on Mar. 14 in Pasadena, Calif.
Nationally ranked Pomona College blanked Vassar, 9-0, in a match on Mar. 12 in Claremont, Calif. Schapiro lost a competitive singles match, 6-2, 6-4, and Schapiro and Becker fell 8-5 in doubles.
Two of Vassar’s three doubles teams posted victories, but the Brewers lost to Bowdoin College, 7-2, on Mar. 11 in Irvine, Calif. Schapiro and Becker teamed for an 8-6 win, and Stauffer and Van Noy also posted an 8-6 victory.
Van Noy and Connie Yoo '17 both posted 6-0, 6-0 victories to lead Vassar to a 9-0 win over Principia College as the team kicked off its Spring Break trip on Mar. 9 in Irvine, Calif. Hallewell teamed with Yeates to record an 8-0 victory in doubles.
Stauffer and Becker posted Vassar’s only two victories in a 7-2 loss to Skidmore College in the Liberty League opener for both squads on Mar. 1.
Vassar defeated Rochester Institute of Technology, 9-0, on Mar. 30 as the Brewers posted straight-set wins in all six singles matches.
Dan Cooper ‘16, Nick Litsky '17, Christian Phelps '16, and Juan Felipe Laso '17 posted straight-set victories in singles to lead Vassar to an 8-1 victory over St. Lawrence University on Mar. 29 in Canton, N.Y.
Litsky and junior Christian Lyon won their doubles match, and freshman Alexander Luckmann won a singles match as Vassar fell to Whittier College, 7-2, on Mar. 15 in Whittier, Calif.
Cooper won his singles and doubles matches, but Vassar fell to the University of Rochester, 6-3, on Mar. 14 on the campus of Pomona College in Claremont, Calif. Cooper won his singles match in three sets, then teamed with Phelps to win the doubles match, 8-4. Litsky scored the other victory for Vassar.
Phelps and Evan Urdine '16 captured singles victories, but Vassar lost to nationally ranked California Lutheran University, 7-2, on Mar. 11 in Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Litsky overcame a first-set loss to score the clinching victory in Vassar’s 5-4 win over Chapman University on Mar. 10 in Orange, Calif. Urdine and Laso also earned singles wins. Litsky teamed with Lyon for one of Vassar’s two doubles victories. Urdine and Sha Huang '16 posted the other.
Litsky and Phelps won their matches, but Vassar lost to Liberty League rival Skidmore College, 7-2, on Mar. 2 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Litsky dropped the first set of his match but eked out the next two, 6-4 and 12-10. Phelps won in straight sets, 7-5, 6-3.
Phelps and Cooper won their matches in Vassar’s 7-2 loss to Brandeis University on Mar. 1 at Walker Field House. Cooper won in straight sets, 6-4, 6-2, while Phelps dropped the first set, 6-3, before winning the next two by the same score.
Vassar split a pair of matches on Mar. 29 at Kenyon Hall, defeating Sacred Heart University in five sets after losing in straight sets to Springfield College. The Brewers lost two of the first three sets to Sacred Heart but rallied to win the next two. Senior Joe Pyne sent the match into the fifth set with two kills. Sophomore Reno Kriz led the Brewers with 26 kills, and Colin White-Dzuro '15 had 52 assists.
Pyne was named to the All-Tournament Team at the Johnson and Wales Invitational on Mar. 14 and 15 in Providence, R.I. The Brewers lost to the host school in five sets but beat York College of Pennsylvania in four sets on Mar. 15. The Brewers split a pair of matches on Mar. 14, beating Wentworth Institute of Technology in four sets before losing to Massachusetts Institute of Technology in five. Vassar lost the first set to Wentworth but won the next three as Pyne registered 24 kills. White-Dzuro had 43 assists. In the match against MIT, Vassar won two of the first three sets but lost the next two, 25-22 and 15-5. Pyne had 17 kills.
Vassar used a balanced attack to defeat Hilbert College in straight sets on Mar. 9 in its final United Volleyball Conference match of the season. Kriz had 12 kills, junior Colin Fearn-Johnson added 11, and Pyne had 14.
On Mar. 8, the Brewers lost in straight sets to Medaille College and dropped a four-set match to Penn State Erie, The Behrend College. Freshman Trey Cimorelli had 13 digs in the match against Medaille. Kriz had a career-high 28 kills against Penn State.
Pyne registered 19 kills to lead Vassar to a straight-set victory over Bard College on Mar. 5 on Bard’s Annandale-on-Hudson campus. Vassar easily won the first set, 25-12, then eked out the next two, 25-23 and 27-25.
Kriz was Vassar’s top performer in a four-set loss to SUNY New Paltz on Mar. 2. Freshman Colin Peros had 22 assists. Vassar lost in straight sets to Dominican University. Cimorelli, Kriz, and White-Dzuro paced the Brewers.
Competing with only seven healthy players, Vassar dropped a pair of four-set matches on Mar. 1 to Thiel College and Juniata College. Kriz led the Brewers to a 29-27 victory in the first set against Thiel, but the team dropped the next three. White-Dzuro and Pyne were Vassar’s top performers in the loss to Juniata.
Sophomore Nick Johnson had two hits and drove in both Vassar runs in a 16-2 loss to Utica College on Mar. 17.
Sophomore Cory Wuenschell had two hits and an RBI in Vassar’s 13-4 loss to Grinnell College on Mar. 16 in Auburndale, Fla.
Amherst College pitcher Dylan Driscoll held Vassar to just five hits to lead the Lord Jeffs to a 3-0 victory on Mar. 15. Senior Brett Zaziski had three singles.
Zaziski had a double and two singles, and Brooks English '16 and Wuenschell each added two hits to pace Vassar to a 6-3 win over Medaille College on Mar. 13 in Winter Haven, Fla.
Vassar banged out 20 hits in five innings and defeated Franklin and Marshall College, 16-7, on Mar. 12 in Auburndale, Fla. Wuenschell drove in six runs with a single and two home runs, and English had a double and three singles. Zaziski knocked in three runs with a home run and a single.
Sophomore Jonathan Hong pitched seven strong innings as Vassar defeated Waynesburg University, 4-2, on Mar. 11 in Leesburg, Fla. Vassar scored twice in the first inning on back-to-back doubles by Zaziski and Johnson. Zaziski also blasted a solo homer to right center in the seventh.
Senior Margaret Kwateng scored three tries, and Hannah Fink '14, Dallas Robinson '14, and Laila Blumenthal-Rothschild '17 each scored once as Vassar completed a three-game sweep in its Spring Break trip in Trinidad. The Brewers defeated Trinidad Combined Select by a score of 41-0.
Nathalie Freeman '17 had three tries, and Kwateng had two to lead Vassar to a 54-15 victory over Trinidad and Tobago Junior Select on Mar. 15 in Trinidad.
Kwateng scored three tries, and six other players each had one as Vassar defeated Trinidad and Tobago Under 21, 45-15, in a match in Port of Spain. It was the team’s first game since its third-place finish in the American Collegiate Rugby Association championships in Florida in December.
Injuries forced Vassar to borrow a couple of players from its opponent, and the Brewers squad defeated the Trinidad Blue Team, 17-10, on Mar. 19 in Port of Spain. Junior Erik Quinson scored the first try of the day for the Brewers. The Trinidad players were awarded Vassar T-shirts after the game in a show of thanks for the loan of some of their teammates.
Vassar raced to a 17-0 lead in the first half and held on for a 31-28 win over Trinidad South Select Under 19 on Mar. 15 in Gasparillo. Danny Thomas and Louis Khourey ’16 each had two tries for the Brewers.
Khourey, Quinson, and senior James Purtle scored tries, but Vassar was defeated by Trinidad Presidents Rugby Club, 36-15, on Mar. 11 in Port of Spain.
Megan Lewis '15 and Olivia Weiss '17 each advanced to the second round in épée competition on Mar. 9 at the NCAA Northeast Regionals in Wellesley, Mass. Weiss won all four of her first-round matches. Weiss finished 18th overall, and Lewis was 35th. Elsa Stoff '17 was 20th in foil, and Claudia Carcamo '17 was 30th.
Freshman Ry Farley posted Vassar’s highest finish—17th place in épée—at the NCAA Northeast Regional tournament on Mar. 9 in Wellesley, Mass. Farley won four of his first six competitions and won another two in the next round for the 17th-place finish.
Senior Aubree Piepmeier won the 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:42.81 in a meet on Mar. 29 at Monmouth (N.J.) University. Freshman Lucy Balcezak won her heat in the 400 meters with a time of 1:03.1.
Junior Heather Ingraham posted a school record in the 400-meter run, crossing the finish line in 57.33 seconds on Mar. 22 at the University of Arizona. Balcezak won her 800-meter heat with a personal best of 2:24.64. Ingraham had a personal best and just missed setting a school record in the 200-meter sprint on Mar. 21 at the University of Arizona. Carrie Perkins '17 and Mollie Schear '15 each set personal bests in the event.
Sophomore Morrie Lam finished eighth in the 200-meter dash in a meet on Mar. 29 at Monmouth (N.J.) University. Lam nearly set a school record, finishing in 23.27 seconds. Senior Abe Gatling finished third in the 400-meter in 51.9 seconds. Freshman Alfredo Mazzuca topped all Vassar runners in the 1,500-meter, finishing third in his heat with a time of 45:12.47.
Sophomore Taylor Vann set a school record in the long jump—6.34 meters—at a meet on Mar. 21 at the University of Arizona. The following day, Vann set a school record in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 17.30 seconds. Junior Harris Gordon and sophomore Peter Winkeller each set personal bests in the 200 meters.
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