Vassar (10-5-2) clinched a berth in the Liberty League playoffs with a 1-0 win over Union College on Oct. 29 at Gordon Field. Alex Gonzales ’18 scored the lone goal, blasting a shot into an open net following a pair of one-touch passes from Cosmo Veneziale ’16 and Reid Smith ’18.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the 19th-ranked team in the country, scored a pair of second-half goals in a two-minute span and defeated Vassar, 2-0, on Oct. 25. The Brewers had several good opportunities in the first half to take the lead. A shot by Justin Mitchell ’15 went just wide, and a rebound by Smith hit the crossbar.
Gonzales scored the first goal of his collegiate career as Vassar tied the No. 13-ranked team in the country, St. Lawrence University, 1-1, on Oct. 18 in a Liberty League contest in Canton, N.Y. Gonzales converted a pass from Ben Glasner ’16 in the 28th minute. St. Lawrence countered with a goal with less than 10 minutes remaining in regulation.
The Brewers dropped their first Liberty League game of the year on Oct. 17: a 2-1 loss to Clarkson University on the winners’ field. Nick Hess ’16 scored the Brewers’ lone goal on a pass from Gavin Jennings ’16.
Jennings and Jordan Palmer ’16 each scored a goal as Vassar defeated Hobart College, 2-0, in a rain-soaked Liberty League contest on Oct. 4 at Gordon Field. Palmer scored 19 minutes into the game, converting passes from Tanner Sands ’18 and Smith. Jennings, the Brewers’ assist leader, scored his first goal of the year on a pass from Palmer.
Palmer and Andre Cousineau ’15 netted second-half goals to lead Vassar to a 2-0 victory over Liberty League rival Rochester Institute of Technology on Oct. 3 at Gordon Field. Gavin and Stephen Jennings ’17, sons of head coach Andy Jennings, each recorded an assist.
Vassar (8-5-3) outshot Bard College, 15-1, but had to settle for a 1-1 tie in a Liberty League contest on Oct. 28 at Gordon Field. The Raptors scored on their only shot 52 minutes into the game, but Chloe Wheeler ’15 tied it 15 minutes later on a cross from Lucy Brainerd ’16.
Goalkeeper Emma Nichols ’16 made seven saves, but Vassar fell to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 3-0, on Oct. 25 on the RPI campus in Troy, N.Y.
Jordyn Matthews ’17 scored on the first shot of the game and Vassar’s defenders held William Paterson University to one shot as the Brewers claimed a 1-0 victory on Oct. 22 on a soggy Gordon Field. Matthews blasted a shot from just outside the 18-yard box over the head of the William Paterson goalie less than five minutes into the game.
Brainerd scored with six minutes left in regulation to lift Vassar to a 1-0 victory over St. Lawrence University on Oct. 18 at Gordon Field. Jessica Schwed ’18 started the game-winning play when she sent a free kick into the box to Katie Voegtlin ’18, who fed Brainerd for the goal.
Wheeler scored eight minutes into the game and the Vassar defense made it stand up as the Brewers defeated Clarkson University, 1-0, at Gordon Field on Oct. 17. Wheeler scored on a cross from Kelsey Hamm ’17.
Vassar lost to Montclair State University, the 12th-ranked team in the country, 2-0, in a non-league contest on Oct. 8 on the winners’ campus in Montclair, N.J. The Brewers’ defense kept the game scoreless until the 57th minute.
Vassar held the 14th-ranked team in the country, William Smith College, scoreless in the first half but surrendered five goals in the second half in a 5-0 Liberty League loss on Oct. 4 on the William Smith campus in Geneva, N.Y.
Wheeler scored Vassar’s only goal in a 1-1 tie against Rochester Institute of Technology on Oct. 3 in Rochester, N.Y. Wheeler converted a pass from Amanda McFarland ’18. Nichols had three saves.
Women’s Field Hockey
The Brewers (11-5) suffered a 4-2 loss at the University of Scranton (Pa.) on Oct. 28. Hayley Beach ’17 and Enya Cunningham ’15 scored for Vassar in the non-league contest.
Vassar took a 1-0 lead into the second half against nationally ranked Skidmore College, but the Thoroughbreds rallied for a 2-1 win on Oct. 25 on the Skidmore campus in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Lauren Wiebe ’16 scored in the 21st minute for the Brewers on a cross from Flora Crichton-Stuart ’17.
St. Lawrence University scored on a penalty stroke 1:07 into overtime to lift the Saints to a 2-1 victory over Vassar on Oct. 24 on the winners’ field in Canton, N.Y. Storm Sideleau ’18 scored the Brewers’ only goal on a pass from Wiebe.
Vassar took Union College into overtime before losing, 2-1, on Oct. 15 in a Liberty League contest in Schenectady, N.Y. Beach scored the Brewers’ only goal on a pass from Cunningham.
Cunningham scored on a penalty stroke with about three minutes remaining in the game to spark Vassar to a 2-1 victory over the University of Rochester, a team ranked 13th in the country, on Oct. 11 at Weinberg Turf Field. Beach scored the Brewers’ first goal on a pass from Haley Merritt ’16.
On Oct. 10, Vassar defeated William Smith College, 2-0, at Weinberg Turf Field. Merritt broke a scoreless tie with a goal with two seconds left in the first half, and Wiebe scored an insurance goal early in the second half.
Midfielder Bianca Zarrella ’16 scored with just over two minutes to play to lead Vassar to a 2-1 victory over Hartwick College in a non-league contest on Sept. 30 at Weinberg Turf Field. Zarrella took a pass from Beach, weaved past several defenders, and beat the Hartwick goalie with a low shot. Cunningham scored Vassar’s other goal.
Men’s Cross Country
Philip Brown ’15 finished 42nd in a field of 212 to lead Vassar to an 11th-place finish on Oct. 18 at the Connecticut College Invitational in Waterford, Conn. Eighteen teams competed in the event. Sean Maier ’15 was second among Vassar runners, finishing 57th.
Seven Vassar runners finished in the top 50 scoring positions as the Brewers took third place in a 37-team field on Oct. 11 at the James Earley Invitational hosted by Westfield (Mass.) State University. Andrew Terenzi ’15 led Vassar with a 17th-place finish in a field of 388 runners. Brian Deer ’15 was 21st, and Maier posted a career-low time of 26:45.70 in an 8K race, finishing 26th overall.
Women’s Cross Country
Cassidy Carpenter ’15 was fourth overall as Vassar finished second on Oct. 18 at the Seven Sisters Championships hosted by Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Mass. Meghan Willcoxon ’18 was Vassar’s second-fastest runner. She finished eighth in the 87-runner field.
With two of its top runners not competing, Vassar finished second in a field of 44 teams on Oct. 11 at the James Earley Invitational on the campus of Westfield (Mass.) State University. Carpenter was the Brewers’ top runner, finishing fifth in a field of 424. Lucy Balcezak ’17 was 22nd, and Jemma Howlett ’17 was 26th. Harper Cleves ’15 and Taylor Quinn ’15 also finished in the top 35 as Vassar beat every team in the field except for nationally ranked Williams College.
The Brewers (12-17) played a closely contested match against SUNY New Paltz but lost in four sets, 25-11, 27-25, 28-30, and 25-22. Clara Cardillo ’15 and Marie Pitre ’15 each had nine kills, and Gabby Miller ’17 added five kills, six digs, and a team-best 26 assists.
Vassar defeated Bard College but lost to Union College, Skidmore College, and Rochester Institute of Technology in a Liberty League round robin on Oct. 17 and 18 on the RIT campus. The Brewers dropped a four-set match to RIT and lost in straight sets to Skidmore on Oct. 17, then split its final two matches on Oct. 18, defeating Bard in straight sets before losing to Union, 3-0. Taylor Mosley ’15 had a double-double in the match against RIT, chalking up 11 kills and 12 digs. Chloe Hallum ’16 had 14 digs in the loss to Skidmore. Mosley had a team-high 12 kills and added eight digs in the victory over Bard, while Hallum finished with 10 digs. Paige Lerman ’18 had seven kills in the loss to Skidmore.
Vassar split a pair of matches on Oct. 11, defeating Smith College in three sets after losing to host Springfield College at the Tom Hay Invitational in Springfield, Mass. Miller had seven kills, 13 assists, and three blocks in the victory over Smith. Sierra Tobin ’17 had a team-high nine digs. Mosley had nine kills in the loss to Springfield.
Hallum had 19 digs and Mosley led the offense with 11 kills as Vassar defeated Westfield (Mass.) State University in straight sets on Oct. 10 on the Westfield campus.
Vassar dropped a non-conference match with Stevens Institute of Technology on Oct. 8 on the winners’ campus in Hoboken, N.J. Miller had six kills, eight assists, five digs, and two blocks.
Vassar lost in straight sets to Liberty League rivals Union College and St. Lawrence University on Oct. 4 in a pair of matches at SUNY Canton. Miller finished with a team-high 16 assists, seven digs, and three blocks in the loss to Union. Cardillo had five kills and three blocks in the match against St. Lawrence.
The Brewers split a pair of Liberty League contests on Oct. 3 at Clarkson University in Potsdam, N.Y., defeating Skidmore College in four sets before losing in straight sets to Clarkson. Mosley and Cardillo keyed the victory over Skidmore. Hallum had a team-high 10 digs in the loss to Clarkson.
Vassar wrapped up its fall season in a multi-flighted competition with five other colleges on Oct. 4 in New London, Conn. The Brewers’ No. 1 doubles pairing of Daniel Cooper ’16 and Alexander Luckmann ’17 split a pair of matches, defeating the U.S. Coast Guard Academy’s top team before losing to the top team from Connecticut College. Cooper, Jeffrey Gerwin ’16, Jim Lee ’17, and Alex Riccio ’18 all split a pair of singles matches.
No. 1 singles player Nick Litsky ’17 cruised to a 6-0, 6-0 victory as Vassar defeated Bard College, 8-1, on Oct. 1 to stay unbeaten in Liberty League play. Luckmann also won his match without losing a game.
Kate Christensen ’18 lost a hard-fought, three-set match to Megan Humphreys of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater on Oct. 10 in the semifinals of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Small College Championships in Sumter, S.C. Christensen, who qualified for the tourney by winning the ITA Northeast Regionals, lost the first set to Humphreys, 6-4; won the second, 6-3; and dropped the third, 6-4. She won her first match on Oct. 9, upsetting third-seeded Andrea Madrigal of the University of La Verne, 7-6, 6-4. Christensen lost her consolation match on Oct. 11, falling to Beatrice Rosen of Emory University, 6-2, 6-3.
Ava Sadeghi ’15 and Samantha Schapiro ’15 won singles titles in their respective brackets on Oct. 12 at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association New York State Championships at Ithaca College. Sadeghi won the No. 1 singles bracket, and Schapiro captured the No. 2 title. Sadeghi and Schapiro also won the No. 1 doubles title. Emily Hallewell ’16 won the No. 3 title, and Hallewell and Winnie Yeates ’16 were victorious in the No. 2 doubles competition. Shayna Becker ’16 and Hanna McGuire ’16 won the No. 3 doubles title.
Vassar rolled to 9-0 victories over Liberty League rivals Union College and Bard College on Oct. 4. Yeates, Connie Yoo ’17, and Dasha Ivenitsky ’18 each swept their singles matches against Union without losing a game. The team did not surrender a single game in six singles matches and three doubles matches against Bard.
Joe Simon ’18 scored three tries and Nick Graham ’15 scored a try and kicked a conversion as Vassar (7-1) defeated Molloy College, 41-14, on Oct. 26 at Vassar Farm. The Brewers held Molloy scoreless in the first half.
Simon scored a pair of tries and Graham kicked three conversions as Vassar defeated crosstown rival Marist College, 39-14, on Oct. 19 at Vassar Farm. The Brewers led by only three points at the end of the first half, but Kenta Hasui ’15 scored early in the second half to key the victory.
Vassar stayed unbeaten in conference play, defeating SUNY New Paltz, 89-3, on Oct. 12 at Vassar Farm. Simon had three tries and Seamus Taylor ’17 added two more. Graham kicked 12 conversions.
Eli Vargas ’16 had three tries and Simon added two as Vassar shut out Union College, 43-0, on Oct. 4 on the Union campus. Graham kicked four conversions.
Meg Slattery ’15 and Kathleen Gould ’15 each scored a pair of tries to lead Vassar (7-1) to a 27-17 win over Hofstra University on Oct. 25 at Vassar Farm. Darienne Jones ’16 added another try, and Mary Margaret McElduff ’17 kicked a conversion.
Vassar scored 50 unanswered points in the second half, defeating Stony Brook University, 69-5, on Oct. 19 at Vassar Farm. Slattery and Nathalie Freeman ’17 each scored two tries, and McElduff kicked seven conversions.
Vassar suffered its first defeat of the season on Oct. 12, as Rutgers University handed the Brewers a 24-15 loss at Vassar Farm. Cierra Thomas ’16, Laila Blumenthal-Rothchild ’17, and Freeman scored tries.
Vassar used a balanced scoring attack and a stout defense to shut out the University of Albany, 50-0, on Oct. 5 at Vassar Farm. Jones and Thomas each scored two tries, while Anne Fritzson ’16, Yael Schwartz ’15, Taylor Nunley ’16, and Freeman each had one. McElduff kicked five conversions.
Annie Hsu ’18 shot her best round of the season, an 80, to lead Vassar to a sixth-place finish at the Ann S. Batchelder Invitational on Oct. 11 and 12 hosted by Wellesley College in Wellesley, Mass. Aimee Dubois ’16 improved by eight shots in the second round of the tourney, firing an 84 to finish 23rd in the 48-player field. Angela Mentel ’16 and Caitlin Bell ’15 tied for 24th.
Dubois shot Vassar’s best score of the fall, a 78, on Oct. 5 to lead Vassar to a ninth-place finish in a 16-team field at the two-day Williams College Fall Invitational in Williamstown, Mass. Dubois’ two-day score of 160 was good for a tie for eighth place among 83 competitors. Hsu had a 174 to finish tied for 29th.
Men’s Swimming and Diving
Four Vassar swimmers posted first-place finishes to lead Vassar to a 104-71 win over Bard College in the season opener on Oct. 29 on the Bard campus in Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y. Walter Gabriel ’17 won the 1,000-yard freestyle by nearly 10 seconds, finishing in 12:15.85. Anthony Walker ’17 swam a 54.85 in the 100-yard butterfly, while sophomore Chris Cerutti bested the field in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:00.12. Greg Cristina ’16 won the 50-yard freestyle in 23.23. The Brewers also won the 200-yard freestyle relay and the 200-yard medley relay.
Women’s Swimming and Diving
Kelly Wilkinson ’15 broke the Vassar record in the one-meter diving event to spark the Brewers to a 125-47 victory over Liberty League rival Bard College on Oct. 29 on the Bard campus. Elizabeth Balter ’15 won the 100-yard backstroke and the 50-yard freestyle. Olivia Harries ’15 also won twice, with top times in the 1,000-yard freestyle and the 500-yard freestyle.
Men’s and Women’s Fencing
Current team members and alums each won three individual events on Oct. 5 at the Vassar fencing teams’ annual alumnae/i competition at Walker Field House. Andrew Fischl ’11 won the men’s sabre event, Brian Rouse ’12 captured the men’s épée competition, and Veronica Weser ’12 was first in women’s épée. Kirsten Denman ’18 won the women’s foil competition, Annie Innes-Gold ’18 was the top competitor in women’s sabre, and Tom Bacek ’18 won the men’s foil event. In a men’s épée team competition, the alumni team of Rouse, Nick Johnson ’12, Tavish Pegram ’13, and Nico Mongillo ’14 defeated current team members Ry Farley ’17, Jonathan Alperstein ’18, George Whiteside ’18, Dan Swerzenski ’18, and Bobby Maiocco ’15. The event was organized by head coach Bruce Gillman.