Vassar capped its season by defeating Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 69-51, on Feb. 20 at the Athletics and Fitness Center. The Brewers finished the year with a record of 12-13, including 7-9 in the Liberty League. Vassar fell behind early, 17-11, but Samarah Cook ’18 nailed two three-point shots during a 12-0 run, and the Brewers never trailed. Ariella Rosenthal ’18 led all Vassar scorers with 19 points. Rose Serafini ’16 had 10 points and 14 rebounds.
Caitlin Drakeley ’16 became the 11th player in Vassar women’s basketball history to score 1,000 points in her career in a 58-42 victory over Bard College on Feb. 18 on the Bard campus in Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y. Drakeley finished with 18 points and had seven assists. Rosenthal finished with 14 points, and Serafini had 13 rebounds.
Allyson Pemberton ’15 was honored at the start of her final home game, then scored 11 points and grabbed six rebounds to help propel Vassar to a 53-43 victory over Liberty League rival William Smith College on Feb. 14 at the Athletics and Fitness Center. Drakeley led all scorers with 17 points.
Vassar used a stifling defense to defeat Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), 60-49, on Feb. 13 at the Athletics and Fitness Center. The Brewers held RIT to 30 percent shooting while converting on 42 percent of their own shots. Drakeley finished with a game-high 23 points, hitting on eight of 12 shots from the floor and converting all seven of her foul shots. Pemberton scored 13, points and Serafini had 12 points.
Vassar fell behind early and never caught up, losing to host St. Lawrence University, 62-50, on Feb. 7. The Brewers trailed 34-17 at halftime and couldn’t close the deficit to fewer than 11 points the rest of the way. Rosenthal led Vassar scorers with 18 points and 11 rebounds.
Rosenthal and Drakeley led a Vassar comeback late in the second half, but the Brewers lost in overtime to Clarkson University, 78-67, on Feb. 6 on the Clarkson campus. Rosenthal scored four points in the final 1:19, and Drakeley tied it when she stole the ball on an inbounds pass and nailed a three-point shot. Rosenthal finished with 23 points, and Drakeley added 20. Serafini had 13 rebounds.
Drakeley scored 16 points and grabbed nine rebounds, but Vassar fell to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) by a score of 58-48 on Feb. 3 on the RPI campus in Troy, N.Y. Rosenthal had 10 points and eight rebounds.
Vassar ended its season with a 52-47 loss to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute on Feb. 20 at the Athletics and Fitness Center. Erikson Wasyl ’16 and Curtis Smith ’15 each scored 14 points. The Brewers finished the season with a 7-18 record, 3-13 in the Liberty League.
Bard College scored 18 of the first 20 points in the second half and went on to defeat Vassar, 88-60, on Feb. 18 on the Bard campus. The Brewers held a 42-41 lead at halftime, but the Raptors outscored them after the break, 47-18. Spencer Einhorn ’18 led all Vassar scorers with 17 points.
Alex Snyder ’YR scored the 1,000th point of his career on Senior Day as Vassar defeated Hobart College, 65-63, on Feb. 14 at the Athletics and Fitness Center. Snyder finished with 13 points and eight rebounds. Smith scored 18 points. The win was only the third over Hobart, which came into the game atop the Liberty League standings, in the last 15 years.
Snyder scored 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, but a second-half rally by the Brewers fell just short as Rochester Institute of Technology defeated Vassar, 69-67, on Feb. 13 at the Athletics and Fitness Center. Vassar trailed by as many as 14 points in the first half.
St. Lawrence University used a balanced scoring attack to defeat Vassar, 78-65, in a Liberty League contest on Feb. 7 on the St. Lawrence campus in Canton, N.Y. Jesse Browne ’18 led the Brewers in scoring with 18 points.
Vassar held a seven-point lead midway through the second half but fell to Clarkson University, 69-62, on Feb. 6 on the winners’ floor. Snyder led the Brewers with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Smith added 11 points.
Vassar had a poor shooting night on Feb. 3 and lost to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), 78-50, on the RPI campus in Troy, N.Y. The Brewers trailed, 34-16, at halftime and never caught up. Wasyl led Vassar in scoring with 13 points.
Vassar defeated the City College of New York, the College of Staten Island, and the College of Mount Saint Vincent at the Bard College Invitational on Feb. 20 and 21 on the Bard campus in Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y. Reno Kriz ’16 and Matthew Knigge ’18 earned all-tournament honors.
Vassar opened its United Volleyball Conference schedule on Feb. 15 with a pair of close losses, falling to nationally ranked New York University (NYU) and Elmira College in four sets. Kriz had 15 kills and 11 digs in the loss to NYU. Zechariah Lee ’18 had 39 assists. Kriz had 16 kills in the loss to Elmira, while Trey Cimorelli ’17 had a team-high 16 digs.
Vassar registered a school-record 23 service aces en route to a straight-set victory over Medgar Evers College on Feb. 12 at Kenyon Hall. The Brewers opened the contest with seven aces by Lee. Erik Halberg ’16 and Brian Manley ’18 each had eight kills. Vassar won by scores of 25-8, 25-5, and 25-5.
The Brewers split a pair of matches on Feb. 7 at Kenyon Hall, defeating New Jersey City University in four sets before losing to Wentworth Institute of Technology. Kriz and Knigge each tallied 14 kills in the win over New Jersey. Kriz had 15 kills in the loss to Wentworth.
Knigge and Halberg sparked Vassar to a straight-set victory over Bard College on Feb. 4 on the Bard campus in Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y. Knigge finished with seven kills, two service aces, and two assisted blocks. Halberg had five kills on six attempts and registered two aces and four blocks.
Women’s Swimming and Diving
Julia Cunningham ’17 anchored the 400-yard freestyle relay team to a second-place finish on Feb. 21 at the Upper New York State Collegiate Swimming Association Swimming and Diving Championships in Rochester, N.Y. Cunningham posted three other school records during the four-day event and was named Liberty League Performer of the Week. Olivia Harries ’15 broke her own school records in the1,000-meter freestyle and 1,650-meter freestyle at the meet. Her time in the 1,650-meter was good for third overall. Vassar finished eighth in the 16-team field.
Men’s Swimming and Diving
Greg Cristina ’16 broke a Vassar record in the 100-yard freestyle on Feb. 21 at the Upper New York State Collegiate Swimming Association Swimming and Diving Championships in Rochester, N.Y. He posted a record time of 47.50 to earn a spot in the finals, then finished 15th overall with a mark of 48.15. Jonah Strand ’18 finished sixth in the 200-yard breaststroke. Vassar finished ninth in the 14-team field.
Kirsten Denman ’18 earned the foil title at the New England Intercollegiate Fencing Conference Championships on Feb. 21 at Walker Field House. Denman won 16 of 19 matches in the preliminary rounds, then won all five of her bouts in the championship round. Elsa Stoff ’17 finished sixth overall in foil. Olivia Weiss ’17 was fifth in épée.
Vassar finished third in an eight-team field on Feb. 15 at the Eastern Women’s Fencing Conference (EWFC) Championships on the campus of Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J. Denman and Stoff each earned EWFC Second Team honors. Vassar defeated Drew University, Hunter College, the City College of New York, Yeshiva University, and Haverford College but lost to Stevens and Johns Hopkins University.
The Brewers were defeated by New York University (NYU), 16-11, and Columbia University, 24-3, on Feb. 10 in New York City. Denman had three wins in the match against NYU. Denman, Annie Innes-Gold ’18, and Amreen Bhasin ’16 each posted a victory against Columbia.
Vassar won four matches and lost only one in Northeast Conference play on Feb. 7 at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H. The Brewers earned wins over Wellesley College, the University of New Hampshire, Boston University, and the University of Massachusetts. The team lost to Sacred Heart University. Innes-Gold won 13 of her 15 matches, while Stoff was 12-3.
Eli Polston ’18 finished third in sabre competition on Feb. 21 at the New England Intercollegiate Fencing Conference Championships at Walker Field House. Polston won 14 of 20 matches to reach the final round. Elam Coalson ’16 finished in sixth place in sabre, and Tre Artis ’15 was sixth in foil. Épée competitors Jonathan Alperstein ’18, Ry Farley ’17, and George Whiteside ’18 all advanced to the final round.
Vassar lost a pair of matches in New York City on Feb. 10, falling to host New York University, 15-12, and losing by a score of 18-9 to Columbia University. Polston won all six of his sabre matches.
Vassar fell just short of a perfect day of Northeast Conference competition on Feb. 7 at Dartmouth College, losing to Sacred Heart University, 15-12, after defeating the University of New Hampshire, the University of Massachusetts, and Boston University. Farley led the épée team with nine wins, while Whiteside added eight. Artis led the foil team with eight wins. Polston was 8-2 in sabre.
Hannah Nice ’18 and Isabelle Bertram ’17 posted victories, but Vassar lost to Northwestern University, 7-2, on Feb. 14 in a match at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass.
Nice surrendered only four points in a straight-set victory at No. 1 singles as Vassar defeated the University of Rochester, 8-1, on Feb. 13 on the campus of Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass.
Vassar defeated Smith College but lost to Mount Holyoke College and Wellesley College at the Seven Sisters Championships on Feb. 7 at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. Nice posted wins over Mount Holyoke and Smith and was named to the all-tournament team.
The Brewers edged Bard College, 5-4, for the College Squash Association H Division championship on Feb. 22 at Trinity College in Hartford, Conn. Ben Kurchin ’16 won the clinching match in the championship game against Bard. Vassar also defeated the University of Notre Dame and Ithaca College, each by 8-1 scores.
Vassar won its final five matches, three of them in five sets, to defeat Liberty League rival Bard College, 6-3, on Feb. 8 on the Bard campus. Vincent Mencotti ’17 won his No. 1 singles match in straight sets. David Garfinkel ’15, Samuel Hammer ’17, and Noah Kulick ’15 each won in five sets, while Tim Boycott ’16 won in straight sets.
Nick Litsky ’17 posted Vassar’s only win as the Brewers fell to Skidmore College, 8-1, on Feb. 21 on the Skidmore campus in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
The College of New Jersey posted a 9-0 win over the Brewers on Feb. 14 in Ewing, N.J. Daniel Cooper ’16 and Alexander Luckmann ’17 dropped a tough 8-6 match in No. 1 doubles play. Cooper, Luckmann, and Juan Felipe Laso ’17 each dropped three-set singles matches.
Vassar opened its spring season with a 5-0 win over Clark University on Feb. 7 in Paxton, Mass. Litsky and William Zhu ’15 battled back from a 7-2 deficit in their doubles match to win, 9-7. Cooper and Laso each posted wins in both singles and doubles.
Kate Christensen ’18 posted Vassar’s only win as the U.S. Military Academy at West Point defeated the Brewers, 8-1, at West Point. Christensen won her No. 1 singles match in straight sets, defeating Elle Taylor, 6-3, 6-4.
The Brewers opened the 2015 season with an 18-2 victory over Manhattanville College on Feb. 25 at Marist College in Poughkeepsie. Vassar’s three captains led the scoring barrage. Sean Brazier ’15 had four goals, Noah Parson ’16 had three, and Scott Brekne ’15 scored twice and assisted on three others.