Jesse Browne ’18 scored on a layup with 18 seconds to go in the game to lead Vassar to a 69-67 win over Union College on Jan. 31 at the Athletics and Fitness Center. Browne finished with 14 points. Erikson Wasyl ’18 led the Brewers with 20.
The Brewers fell behind, 19-2, at the outset of their Liberty League contest against Skidmore College on Jan. 30 and couldn’t recover, losing 62-48 at the Athletics and Fitness Center. Luka Ladan ’15 had 15 points to pace the offense.
The Brewers suffered a lopsided loss to Clarkson University on Jan. 24, falling by a score of 69-38 at the Athletics and Fitness Center. Clarkson raced to a 15-2 lead early in the first half and never trailed in the game. Ladan was Vassar’s leading scorer with nine points.
Vassar fell to Liberty League rival St. Lawrence University, 65-57, on Jan. 23 at the Athletics and Fitness Center. Ladan led the Brewers with 18 points and 10 rebounds.
Four Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) players scored in double figures as the Tigers defeated Vassar, 73-63, on Jan. 17 on the RIT campus. Browne led all Vassar scorers with 24 points.
Hobart College reeled off 15 straight points in a four-minute span in the second half and went on to defeat Vassar, 65-56, in a Liberty League game on Jan. 16 on the Hobart campus in Geneva, N.Y. Wasyl led all Brewers scorers with 19 points. Alex Snyder ’15 had nine rebounds.
Five Vassar players canned a total of 11 three-point shots to lead the Brewers to a 64-57 victory over SUNY Maritime College on Jan. 12 at the Athletics and Fitness Center. Wasyl led the way with 5-for-12 shooting from beyond the arc. He finished with a game-high 22 points. Curtis Smith ’15, Andrew Adkins ’15, Tony Caletti ’18, and Elijah Winston ’17 also scored from long range.
Ten Bard College players got into the scoring column and the Raptors defeated Vassar, 61-54, on Jan. 6 at the Athletics and Fitness Center. Bard took an 18-15 lead at halftime, and Vassar never caught up. Ladan scored 22 points, and Adkins had 10 rebounds.
Snyder scored 23 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to lead Vassar to an 88-80 Liberty League victory on Jan. 2 at Union College in Schenectady, N.Y. Wasyl added 17 points, and Ladan had 16.
Wasyl scored 16 points, but Vassar lost a hard-fought Liberty League contest at Skidmore College, 69-65, on Jan. 3. Ladan scored with 2:53 remaining to give Vassar a 61-59 lead, but Skidmore outscored the Brewers, 10-4, down the stretch to claim the victory. Smith had 14 points, Ladan finished with 12, and Snyder had 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Vassar lost a hard-fought Liberty League game to Union College, falling by a score of 51-44 on Jan. 31 at the Athletics and Fitness Center. Caitlin Drakeley ’16 and Allyson Pemberton ’15 were the top scorers with 17 and 14 points, respectively.
The Brewers used a stifling defense to hand Skidmore College its first Liberty League loss of the season, 61-40, on Jan. 30 at the Athletics and Fitness Center. Ariella Rosenthal ’18 led all scorers with 20 points. Rose Serafini ’16 had 10 points and eight rebounds.
Clarkson University stormed to a 51-25 lead at halftime and cruised to a 90-68 win over Vassar on Jan. 24 at the Athletics and Fitness Center. Drakeley hit only three of 17 shots from the floor but was 9-for-10 from the foul line to lead the Brewers in scoring with 16. Rosenthal had 13 points and six rebounds.
St. Lawrence University guard Shayna Davner canned a three-point shot with 22 seconds left to lift the team to a 59-57 win over Vassar on Jan. 23 at the Athletics and Fitness Center. St. Lawrence led by as many as eight points midway through the second half, but the Brewers battled back to take the lead, 57-56, before Davner hit the game-winning shot. Rosenthal finished with 12 points and nine rebounds.
Vassar battled back from a 10-point deficit to defeat Rochester Institute of Technology, 58-55, in a Liberty League contest in Rochester, N.Y., on Jan. 17. Drakeley, Serafini, and Kim Romanoff ’18 keyed the second-half comeback. Drakeley finished the game with 28 points.
William Smith College defeated Vassar, 73-61, on Jan. 16 in a Liberty League contest at the Herons’ gym. Drakeley led the Brewers in scoring with 17 points. Colleen O’Connell ’15 had 13 points, and Pemberton added 12.
Vassar used a balanced scoring attack and a 61-39 edge on the boards to defeat Bard College, 60-40, on Jan. 6 in a Liberty League contest at the Athletics and Fitness Center. Drakeley, O’Connell, and Zoe Walker ’17 each scored 10 points. Drakeley also had a game-high 11 rebounds, and Walker added 10.
Skidmore College used deadly three-point shooting to defeat Vassar, 78-66, in a Liberty League contest on Jan. 3 on the Skidmore campus in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. The Thoroughbreds connected on 10-of-20 shots from the arc. Rosenthal scored 24 points to lead the Brewers, and Drakeley added 16.
Drakeley tied a career-high with 32 points, but Vassar was defeated by Union College, 72-68, in a Liberty League contest on Jan. 2 on the Union campus in Schenectady, N.Y. Vassar used a 16-4 run to take a 54-53 lead midway through the second half, but Union retook the lead and led the rest of the way. O’Connell finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Women’s Swimming and Diving
Vassar finished second in a five-team field at the Skidmore Sprint Invitational on Jan. 31 on the Skidmore College campus in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. William Smith College won the event with 542 points, followed by Vassar with 528, Skidmore with 336, SUNY Cobleskill with 167, and Bard College with 39. Julia Cunningham ’17 set a meet record in the 400-yard individual medley. Cunningham also won the 50-yard butterfly and was second in the 100-yard individual medley. Milee Nelson ’16 won the 100-yard butterfly and was third in the 100-yard backstroke. Divers Maya Pruitt ’16 and Kelly Wilkinson ’15 traded 1-2 finishes in the one- and three-meter diving competitions. Pruitt won the one-meter event, and Wilkinson captured the three-meter competition.
Olivia Harries ’15 and Cunningham combined for four victories as Vassar defeated Eastern Connecticut State University but lost to Roger Williams University on Jan. 24 on the Eastern Connecticut campus in Willimantic, Conn. Harries won the 1,000-yard freestyle. She was third in the 200-yard backstroke and finished fourth in the 200-yard freestyle. Cunningham won the 200-yard butterfly, the 200-yard breaststroke, and the 100-yard butterfly.
Cunningham posted second-place finishes in three events to lead Vassar to third place in the Seven Sisters Championships on Jan. 17 on the Mount Holyoke College campus in South Hadley, Mass. Wilkinson qualified for the NCAA regionals with 408.8 points in the one-meter event. Her score was good for second place overall. Wilkinson also broke the school record in the three-meter competition and finished seventh overall. Harries broke her own school record in the 1,650-yard freestyle and finished second overall.
Vassar split a tri-meet with Trinity College and Mount Holyoke College on Jan. 13 at Kresge Pool. The Brewers beat Trinity, 148-140, but fell to Mount Holyoke, 161-137. Harries posted a season-best time of 10:57.47 in the 1,000-yard freestyle, finishing second in the event. Cunningham won the 100- and 200-yard butterfly events.
Cunningham won the 100-meter butterfly and Harries finished second in the 400-meter freestyle in a non-scoring meet on Jan. 10 against the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in Coronado, Calif.
Men’s Swimming and Diving
Vassar swimmers posted nine victories and won the Skidmore Sprint Invitational on Jan. 31 on the Skidmore College campus in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Luc Amodio ’15 and Anthony Walker ’17 paced the win with three victories each. Amodio posted first-place finishes in the 50-yard backstroke, the 100-yard backstroke, and the 50-yard breaststroke. Walker won the 100-yard butterfly, the 50-yard butterfly, and the 200-yard freestyle.
Walker and Amodio each won two events, but the Brewers fell, just short of victory, losing to Roger Williams University, 132-121, on Jan. 24 in a dual meet in Willimantic, Conn. Walker won both the 100- and 200-yard butterfly events. Amodio notched victories in the 100-yard backstroke and the 200-yard breaststroke.
Jonah Strand ’18 won three events and posted two career-best times to lead Vassar to a 166-128 victory over Montclair (N.J.) State University on Jan. 21 at Kresge Pool. Strand won the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke, notching his best times in both events. He also won the 200-yard individual medley. Walker posted two victories, winning the 200-yard butterfly and the 500-yard freestyle. Amodio was first in the 100-yard backstroke and third in the 100-yard freestyle.
Strand, Amodio, and Greg Cristina ’16 propelled Vassar to a 145-125 victory over Trinity College on Jan. 13 at Kresge Pool. Strand won the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke and took second in the 200-yard individual medley. Amodio won the 100-yard backstroke, and Cristina topped the field in the 50-yard freestyle. The 200-yard freestyle relay team of Walker, Cristina, Isaiah Hale ’16, and Ian Quinn ’17 also finished first.
Walker won the 100-meter butterfly, and Cristina was second in the 50-meter freestyle in a non-scoring meet on Jan. 10 in Coronado, Calif., against the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Chris Cerutti ’17 finished second in the 400-meter freestyle.
Vassar posted a pair of victories on Jan. 31, defeating Drew University and Lafayette College on the Drew campus in Madison, N.J. Annie Innes-Gold ’18 had a perfect day in sabre competition, winning all seven of her matches. Elsa Stoff ’16 was 6-0 in foil competition.
Vassar opened its Northeast Fencing Conference schedule on Jan. 24 by winning two matches and losing five on the Brown University campus in Providence, R.I. Vassar’s foil team had a squad-best 31 wins, paced by freshman Kirsten Denman’s 15-6 record. Olivia Weiss ’17 was Vassar’s top épée performer with a 15-6 record. Vassar defeated Dartmouth College and Smith College but lost to Brown University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Tufts University, Brandeis University, and Boston College.
Vassar won three of its five matches at the VC Fencing Challenge at Walker Field House. The Brewers defeated the University of Detroit Mercy, Cleveland State University, and New Jersey Institute of Technology while losing to Tufts University and Yale University. Weiss won 11 of her 12 matches. Denman finished the day with a 12-3 record.
Vassar’s foil team led the Brewers to a pair of wins over Drew University on Jan. 31 on the Drew campus in Madison, N.J. Tre Artis ’15, Jackson Dammann ’17, and Tom Racek ’18 each had two wins in the opening match. Stefan Richards ’17 posted his first two victories in foil in the second match.
Co-captain Elam Coalson ’16 led all Brewers with 10 wins in sabre competition as Vassar won two of six matches in the Northeast Fencing Conference opener on Jan. 24 at Brown University in Providence, R.I. Eli Polston ’18 added eight wins in sabre for the Brewers. Vassar defeated Tufts University and Dartmouth College but lost to Brown University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston College, and Brandeis University.
Polston won all 11 of his sabre contests to lead Vassar to a 3-1 finish at the VC Invitational on Jan. 17 at Walker Field House. The Brewers defeated Cleveland State University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, and the University of Detroit Mercy but lost to Yale University. George Whiteside ’18 posted nine wins in épée, while Ry Farley ’17 and Jonathan Alperstein ’18 each posted eight.
Vassar split a pair of matches on Jan. 31 at Springfield (Mass.) College, losing in straight sets to the hosts before defeating Elms College. Matt Knigge ’18 posted six kills on nine attempts and Quinn Rutledge ’17 had a team-high eight digs in the win against Elms.
Vassar won a closely contested match against 10th-ranked New York University (NYU) on Jan. 29 at Kenyon Hall. The Brewers lost the first set, 25-17; won the second, 25-19; and eked out the third, 33-31. NYU squared the match with a 25-16 win in the fourth set, but Vassar clinched the match, 15-10, in the deciding set. Reno Kriz ’17 had a team-high 13 kills, and Knigge chalked up six blocks. Trey Cimorelli ’17 added 10 digs.
The Brewers dropped a close match to ninth-ranked Nazareth College but lost in straight sets to Wentworth Institute of Technology on Jan. 24 in Utica, N.Y. Vassar dropped the first two sets against Nazareth but stormed back to win the next two before losing in the deciding set, 15-10. Knigge had nine kills and earned a spot on the all-tournament team. Setter Zechariah Lee ’18 dished out 33 assists and had a team-leading 11 digs. Jorge Rivera ’18 had a team-best 12 kills in the loss to Wentworth.
Vassar opened its season with straight-set victories over Wells College and Mount Ida College on Jan. 23 in Utica, N.Y. Kriz had seven kills, five digs, and three blocks in the win against Wells. Rutledge had 23 assists to help key the victory over Mount Ida.
Vassar defeated Fordham University and the University of Rochester to win the Hudson Valley Team Invitational on Jan. 31 at Kenyon Hall. No. 1 Hannah Nice ’18 won both her matches in straight sets. Steph Zhu ’16 played the closest match of the contest against Rochester, eking out the win, 9-11, 11-3, 11-13, 12-10, and 11-7.
Nice posted Vassar’s only victory of the day as the Brewers fell to Haverford College, 8-1, on Jan. 24 in Haverford, Pa. Nice won her match by scores of 11-4, 11-4, and 11-6.
Vassar finished second in the Hudson Valley Team Invitational tournament on Jan. 31 at Kenyon Hall. Bard College took the title with a 5-4 win over the Brewers in the finals. Vincent Mencotti ’17, David Garfinkel ’15, Ben Kurchin ’16, and Samuel Hammer ’17 posted victories in the match against Bard.
Mencotti won a marathon match to post Vassar’s only victory on Jan. 24 in an 8-1 loss to Haverford College in Haverford, Pa. He eked out his match, 14-12, 11-6, 8-11, 11-5, for his sixth victory of the season.
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