Nick Hess ’16 scored the game-winning goal late in the second half as Vassar (7-3-1) opened its Liberty League schedule on Sept. 27 with a 2-1 road victory over Skidmore College. Hess took a free kick from Gavin Jennings ’16 and headed the ball into the net with less than 10 minutes to go in the game. Reid Smith ’18 opened the scoring with a goal from fellow freshman Alex Gonzales 15 minutes into the first half.
Kean University scored two goals in a 20-second span in the first half and went on to defeat Vassar, 4-0, on Sept. 24 on the Kean campus in Union, N.J. Brewers goalkeeper Adam Warner ’16 had six saves, including one on a penalty shot.
Noah Bloch ’17 scored in the first half and Vassar’s defense made it stand up as the Brewers defeated SUNY New Paltz, 1-0, on Sept. 20 at Gordon Field. Bloch took a pass from Smith to score the first goal of his Vassar career.
Vassar surrendered two second-half goals and failed to sustain much offensive pressure, losing to Stevens Institute of Technology, 2-0, on Sept. 17 in Hoboken, N.J. The game was scoreless until the 65th minute, when Stevens broke through for a goal. Nine minutes later, Jennings fired Vassar’s lone shot on goal, but Stevens goalie Mike Renna made the stop.
The fifth-ranked team in the country, SUNY Oneonta, dominated play throughout the game and defeated the Brewers, 4-1, on Sept. 13 at Gordon Field. Oneonta scored the first four goals before Elias Kim ’16 scored on a pass from Jennings with about five minutes to go in the game.
Cosmo Veneziale ’16 scored the lone goal of the game 14 minutes into the first half as Vassar defeated Manhattanville College, 1-0, on Sept. 10 at Gordon Field. Jordan Palmer ’16 fed the ball to Veneziale on a cross from the right side. Both teams had 12 shots, and Warner made four saves.
Five different players scored goals as Vassar cruised to its second victory at the Vassar Invitational on Sept. 7, defeating Farmingdale State College, 5-1, at Gordon Field. Zach Nasipak ’15, who was voted tournament MVP, opened the scoring in the 36th minute on a header. Jennings had the assist. After Farmingdale tied the score, Noah Snider ’18 took a cross from Tanner Sands ’18 and buried a header into the goal. Yaniv Yaffe ’16, Veneziale, and Jose Novas ’18 rounded out the scoring for the Brewers.
In the opening round of the tournament on Sept. 6, Vassar defeated Elms College, 3-1. Andre Cousineau ’15 opened the scoring on a pass from Veneziale. Justin Mitchell ’15 and Andreas Freund ’17 also scored for Vassar.
Freund and Palmer scored goals in the first 15 minutes of the game to propel Vassar to a 3-0 victory over Western Connecticut State University on Sept. 3 at Gordon Field. Jennings set up Freund’s goal, and Palmer scored on a cross from Sands. Stephen Jennings ’17 scored the third goal late in the second half on a pass from Smith. Vassar outshot WestConn, 27-4.
Vassar (5-2-1) opened its Liberty League schedule with a 0-0 draw against Skidmore College on Sept. 27 at Gordon Field. Goalkeepers Stephanie Tapolsky ’17 and Emma Nichols ’16 combined to stop six Skidmore shots.
Kamaria Coley ’16 scored twice and four other Brewers added goals as Vassar cruised past Manhattanville College, 6-0, on Sept. 20 at Gordon Field. Chloe Wheeler ’15 opened the scoring six minutes into the game. Jordyn Matthews ’17 and Amanda McFarland ’18 also scored before the intermission. Lucy Brainerd ’16 scored early in the second half and Coley rounded out the scoring with her goals—one in the 63rd minute and the other in the 84th.
Katie Voegtlin ’18 scored a goal and added two assists to lead Vassar to a 3-0 victory over Western Connecticut State University on Sept. 17 at Gordon Field. Voegtlin opened the scoring 33 minutes into the game when she took a long pass from Sarah Bourenane ’15, deked a defender, and chipped the ball over the goalie and into the net. Voegtlin later assisted on goals by Wheeler and Emily Krebs ’17.
Voegtlin scored the lone goal of the game as Vassar defeated New York University on Sept. 13 in Riverdale, N.Y. The Brewers were outshot, 7-3, in the first half, but one of the shots was Voegtlin’s as she took advantage of a goalkeeper’s mistake and put the ball into an open net.
McFarland broke a 1-1 tie midway through the second half to lead Vassar to a 2-1 victory over Wesleyan University on Sept. 10 in Middletown, Conn. McFarland buried a one-timer from about six yards out on a cross from Matthews. Wheeler scored the Brewers’ first goal.
Wheeler and Brainerd each registered five shots, but the Brewers lost to SUNY Cortland, 1-0, on Sept. 7 at the Stevens Engineering Cup tourney in Hoboken, N.J. Vassar dropped the opening game of the tournament, 1-0, on Sept. 6 to Stevens Institute of Technology on the winners’ field. Stevens outshot the Brewers, 17-6.
Freshman Kate Christensen won the singles championship of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s Northeast Regional Tournament on Sept. 29 in Geneva, N.Y. Christensen defeated Brittany Redman of The College of New Jersey in the finals, 6-0, 6-0. She didn’t lose a set in the entire tournament. Vassar’s top doubles team, Ava Sadeghi ’15 and Samantha Schapiro ’15, reached the finals before losing to Laila Dessoukl and Carmen Lai of New York University.
Vassar’s doubles teams finished with a 14-0 record and the team posted a 38-4 record overall at the Vassar Scramble Tournament Sept. 20 and 21 on the Vassar campus. The Brewers competed against New York University, SUNY New Paltz, and Connecticut College. Winnie Yeates ’16 dropped only two games in her first two singles matches before losing one of the longest matches of the tournament, 2-6, 6-3, 11-9. Sadeghi and Hanna McGuire ’17 teamed up for the only doubles shutout.
Vassar (1-1) swept its singles matches and went on to defeat Union College, 8-1, in the Liberty League opener on Sept. 27 in Schenectady, N.Y. Nick Litsky ’17 won the number one singles match and combined with Evan Udine ’16 to win the number one doubles match.
Litsky reached the semifinals of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s Northeast Regional Tournament on Sept. 22 before losing to the eventual champion, Matt Heinrich of Stevens Institute of Technology. Litsky won the first set, 6-1, before dropping the next two, 6-2, 6-1. He is the youngest Vassar player ever to reach the semifinals of the tourney.
Juan Felipe Laso ’17 won his singles match in straight sets, 7-5, 6-4, but the Brewers were defeated by Williams College, 8-1, on Sept. 17 on the Williams campus.
Women’s Field Hockey
Haley Merritt ’16 and Hayley Beach ’17 scored first-half goals and the Vassar (8-1) defense made them stand up as the Brewers opened their Liberty League season with a 2-1 victory over Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute on Sept. 24 at Weinberg Turf Field. Emma Bracken ’17 and Storm Sideleau ’18 had the assists.
Bianca Zarrella ’18 and Beach scored goals in the second half as Vassar defeated Ramapo College, 2-0, on Sept. 20 at Weinberg Turf Field. Enya Cunningham ’15 assisted on both tallies.
Sophie Arnold ’17 scored a goal 4:58 into overtime to lead Vassar to a 4-3 victory over host Western Connecticut State University on Sept. 17 in Danbury, Conn. Flora Crichton-Stuart ’17, Lauren Wiebe ’16, and Merritt also scored for the Brewers.
Vassar surrendered two first-half goals and could not overcome the deficit, losing to SUNY Geneseo, 2-1, on Sept. 14 in Brockport, N.Y. Cunningham scored the Brewers’ lone goal on a penalty corner. On the same field on Sept. 13, Christina Yang ’16 scored her first career goal to lead Vassar to a 1-0 victory over SUNY Brockport.
Cunningham scored on a penalty stroke 2:52 into overtime to lead Vassar to a 1-0 victory over Kean University on Sept. 9 at Weinberg Turf Field. Kean had entered the game averaging more than four goals per contest. The Cougars outshot the Brewers, 9-6.
Wiebe and Beach each scored a goal and the Vassar defense stymied Manhattanville College on Sept. 6 as the Brewers captured the 26th Annual Betty Richey Tournament by a 2-0 score. Sideleau assisted on Wiebe’s goal and Wiebe assisted on Beach’s tally.
Wiebe scored two goals and assisted on another as Vassar blanked Thomas College on Sept. 5 in the opening round of the Betty Richey Tournament at Weinberg Turf Field. Beach and Sideleau also tallied for the Brewers.
Men’s Cross Country
Vassar finished 10th in a 21-team field on Sept. 27 at the Purple Valley Invitational at Williams College in Williamstown, Mass. Andrew Terenzi ’15 was the Brewers’ top finisher, covering the 8-kilometer course in 28:18.8.
Terenzi posted his fastest 6K ever as Vassar placed ninth in a 14-team field on Sept. 13 at the Saratoga Cross Country Invitational. Eliot Gerson ’15 also posted a personal best as a Vassar runner.
Gerson finished fifth overall, as Vassar took third place on Sept. 6 at the Ron Stonitsch Invitational at Vassar Farm. Gerson covered the 6-kilometer course in 20:23.08. Terenzi was ninth with a time of 20:39.29, followed by freshmen Michael Scarlett (15th) and Noah Trueblood (19th). SUNY New Paltz won the team competition.
Women’s Cross Country
Meghan Willcoxon ’18 led Vassar to an eighth-place finish in a 24-team field on Sept. 27 at the Purple Valley Invitational at Williams College. Willcoxon covered the 6-kilometer course in 23:29—good for 23rd place overall in a field of 267 runners.
Willcoxon finished 16th overall to lead Vassar to a fourth-place finish in a 14-team field on Sept. 13 at the Saratoga Cross Country Invitational. Jemma Howlett ’17 was 38th, followed by Laura MacDonald ’17 and Lucy Balcezak ’17.
Willcoxon finished second overall to lead the Vassar squad to a first-place finish at the Ron Stonitsch Invitational on Sept. 6 at Vassar Farm. Vassar and SUNY New Paltz each finished with 40 points, but Vassar won with a higher overall finisher. Kathleen Kalbian ’17, MacDonald, Maddy Pieper ’18, and Olivia Martin ’18 finished eighth, ninth, 10th, and 11th, respectively.
Taylor Mosley ’15 had 16 kills and 10 digs to lead Vassar (8-8) to a non-conference win over Hunter College on Sept. 25 at Kenyon Hall. Gabby Miller ’17 added seven kills and had 19 assists. Vassar won the first two sets, 25-17 and 25-23, before losing the third, 25-20. Marie Pitre ’15 had several late kills to propel the Brewers to a 27-25 win in the final set.
The Brewers dropped Liberty League matches to Rochester Institute of Technology and Clarkson University on Sept. 20 on the Bard College campus in Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y. Vassar won the first set against RIT, 25-23, but dropped the next three, then lost in straight sets to Clarkson.
Vassar opened its Liberty League schedule with straight-set victories over Bard and St. Lawrence University on Sept. 19 on the Bard campus. Clara Cardillo ’15 sparked the victory over Bard with eight kills. Chloe Hallum ’16 helped the Brewers rally past St. Lawrence in the first set. With Vassar trailing 24-23, Hallum served two aces to key the victory. Cardillo had a team-high nine kills, and Sophia Tiajoloff ’18 led the team in assists with 28.
Vassar defeated Smith, Bryn Mawr, and Mount Holyoke colleges but lost in the finals to Wellesley College for a second-place finish at the Seven Sisters Tournament on Sept. 13 and 14 at the Athletics and Fitness Center. Mosley and Miller were named to the all-tournament team.
Vassar lost to Williams College in four sets on Sept. 10 on the Williams campus. Miller had seven kills, 10 digs, and three assisted blocks. Mosley also had seven kills.
Vassar dropped a pair of matches to Ramapo College and SUNY New Paltz on the final day of the Vassar Invitational on Sept. 6. The Brewers fell in five sets to Ramapo and were swept by New Paltz. Cardillo had 13 kills in the loss to Ramapo and Pitre added eight. Hallum had 22 digs and Mosley had eight kills in the loss to New Paltz.
Vassar split a pair of matches on the opening day of the tournament on Sept. 5, falling in five sets to Massachusetts Institute of Technology and coming from two sets down to defeat the College of Mount Saint Vincent. The Brewers split the first four sets against MIT before losing the final set, 15-9. Tiajoloff had a team-high 34 assists, Hallum had 23 digs, and Cardillo and Mosley each had 12 kills. Mosley and Miller led Vassar in the comeback win over Mount Saint Vincent. The Brewers lost the first two sets, 25-14 and 25-19, but came back to sweep the next three, 25-14, 25-14, 15-5.
Vassar opened its season on Sept. 1 by splitting a pair of matches on its home court, defeating Brooklyn College in straight sets before losing in five sets to SUNY Cortland. Cardillo had five service aces during a 17-1 spurt in the final set against Brooklyn, while Mosley led the team with 10 kills. Vassar won the match by scores of 25-14, 25-14, and 25-10.
In the match against Cortland, Vassar won two of the first three sets before dropping the last two. Miller led a balanced Brewers offense with 14 kills, while Hallum had 23 digs.
Meg Slattery ’15, Cierra Thomas ’16, and Darienne Jones ’16 each scored three tries as Vassar (4-0) rolled over SUNY New Paltz, 91-5, on Sept. 27 in Kingston, N.Y. Mary Margaret McElduff ’17 kicked five conversions, and Ellen Quist ’17 added two more.
The Brewers surrendered a try 30 seconds into the match but rebounded to defeat SUNY Cortland, 35-10, on Sept. 21 at Vassar Farm. Thomas had two tries, and Slattery, Kathleen Gould ’15, and Laila Blumenthal-Rothchild ’17 each added one. McElduff had five conversions.
Vassar avenged a 53-0 loss to Marist College in 2013 with a 37-5 victory on Sept. 14 at Vassar Farm. Thomas and Gould each scored two tries for the Brewers.
Anne Fritzson ’16 scored three tries to lead Vassar to a 39-17 victory over Sacred Heart University on Sept. 7 in Easton, Conn. Thomas added two tries, and Yael Schwartz ’15 and Nathalie Freeman ’17 each had one. McElduff kicked two conversions.
The Brewers (3-1) overcame a 22-12 halftime deficit and defeated Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 27-22, on Sept. 28 at Vassar Farm. Alex Voynov ’15 had three tries, including the game-winner. Erik Quinson ’15 tied the score midway through the second half.
Vassar opened its Tri-State Conference schedule with a 74-0 win at Siena College on Sept. 20. Eli Vargas ’16 had four tries, and Voynov and Joe Simon ’18 each added two. Nick Graham ’15 kicked seven conversions.
Stoddard Meigs ’16 scored three tries and Quinson and Vargas each had two to lead Vassar to an 81-10 victory over Manhattanville College on Sept. 14 at Vassar Farm. Graham kicked nine conversions.
Graham scored a try and added three conversions, but Vassar dropped a match to the United States Merchant Marine Academy by a score of 47-26 on Sept. 6 in Great Neck, N.Y.
Aimee Dubois ’16 fired a pair of 79s to lead Vassar to a tie for fourth place in an 11-team field on Sept. 27 and 28 at the Middlebury College Women’s Invitational in Middlebury, Vt. Angela Mentel ’16 shot back-to-back 82s.
Dubois shot a pair of 81s to lead Vassar to an eighth-place finish in a field of 15 on Sept. 20 and 21 at the Mount Holyoke Invitational in South Hadley, Mass. Caitlin Bell ’15 carded an 82 on the second day of the competition.
--Compiled by Larry Hertz
--Photos courtesy of the Vassar Athletics Department