Vassar dropped two competitive matches at the USA Rugby Women’s Collegiate Division II Championships Dec. 5 and 6 at Furman University in Greenville, SC. The Brewers lost to Winona (MN) State University in the semifinals, 45-26, then fell to Bloomsburg (PA) University, 43-32, in the consolation match. The Brewers trailed by only seven points, 33-26 midway through the second half against Winona but tackling issues led to the eventual defeat. Darienne Jones ’16 scored two tries, and Mariah Ghant ’17 and Cierra Thomas '16 each added one. In the game against Bloomsburg, Vassar trailed by just two points, 19-17 at halftime but Bloomsburg scored in the first minute of the second half and never trailed. Thomas scored three tries in the losing effort. Ghant, Rachel Elson ’19 and Nathalie Freeman ’17 also scored tries, and Mary Margaret McElduff ‘17 added a conversion.
Jones scored two tries and Thomas added another as Vassar defeated Bowdoin College, 15-10, on Nov. 22 at Vassar Farm. The victory earned Vassar a berth in the national Final Four of the USA Rugby Women’s National Collegiate Fall Championships.
Jones scored two tries and five other players each scored one as Vassar shut out the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, 37-0, on Nov. 21 in the Round of 16 of the USA Rugby National Collegiate Women’s Division II Fall Championships at Vassar Farm. Freeman opened the scoring and the Vassar defense stymied Coast Guard throughout the match.
Thomas, Elson, and Laila Blumenthal-Rothchild ’17 each scored two tries as Vassar defeated the University of Delaware, 50-12, on Nov. 14 at Vassar Farm. The victory advanced Vassar to the Round of 16 of the USA Rugby National Collegiate Women’s Division II Fall Championships.
Blumenthal-Rothchild scored five tries and Thomas added four as Vassar defeated a team of Rutgers University substitutes, 118-0, in the Tri-State Conference title game on Nov. 8 at Vassar Farm. Rutgers had already clinched an at-large berth in the national tournament, so the team’s top players did not compete.
Vassar took a slim lead into the final quarter but couldn’t hold it, and the Brewers lost to SUNY Geneseo, 70-66, on Nov. 24 at the Athletics and Fitness Center. Samarah Cook ’18 led all Vassar scorers with 13 points, and Ariella Rosenthal ’18 added 12 points and 10 rebounds.
A late Vassar rally fell short as Haverford College defeated the Brewers, 57-52, in the championship game of the Vassar Tip-Off Tournament on Nov. 21 at the Athletics and Fitness Center. Cook led all Vassar scorers with 14 points.
The Brewers defeated the College of Mount Saint Vincent, 62-56, in the opening game of the tournament. Rose Serafini ’16 scored 10 points, grabbed nine rebounds, and registered seven blocked shots.
Vassar opened the season with a loss to the No. 12 team in the country, falling to Montclair (N.J.) State University, 67-40, on Nov. 16 at the Athletics and Fitness Center. Rosenthal scored a team-high 10 points. Serafini had six points and 11 rebounds.
Vassar used a second-half surge to defeat SUNY Maritime College, 68-61, on the Maritime campus in Throggs Neck, N.Y. Erikson Wasyl ’16 led all Vassar scorers with 19 points and added four assists. Jesse Browne ’18 chipped in with 15 points, and Paul Grinde ’19 had 14.
The University of Rochester built an early lead and never surrendered it, as the Yellowjackets defeated Vassar, 68-57, in the finals of the Rochester Tip-Off Tournament on the Rochester campus. Wasyl posted a game-high 19 points.
Vassar defeated Ohio Northern University, 81-77, in the opening round of the tournament. Grinde led a balanced scoring attack with 20 points and added 10 rebounds. Browne had 17 points and seven rebounds.
Vassar jumped out to an early lead against SUNY New Paltz on Nov. 13 but came up just short, falling 70-68 on the New Paltz campus. The Brewers led by as many as nine points in the first half but fell behind midway in the second half. Grinde made his Vassar debut with 14 points and 13 rebounds.
Vassar dropped a pair of matches at Haverford College in Haverford, Pa., on Nov. 14, losing by 9-0 scores to Haverford and Dickinson College. Vincent Mencotti ’17 opened his match against Haverford with an 11-4 win but dropped the next three sets.
Vassar lost to New York University, 9-0, on Nov. 7 at Kenyon Hall. Ben Kurchin ’16 and Michael Iselin ’16 each won a set in their matches.
All nine Vassar players posted straight-set victories as the Brewers defeated Siena College, 9-0, on Oct. 31 at Kenyon Hall. Andrew Patton ’19 surrendered just nine points in his match. Kurchin shut out his opponent in the first game and yielded just 10 points in the match.
Patton, Mencotti, and Tim Veit ’16 posted victories, but Vassar fell to Liberty League rival Bard College, 6-3, on Oct. 24 on Bard’s new courts.
Vassar split a pair of matches at Haverford College in Haverford, Pa., on Nov. 14, losing to Dickinson College, 9-0, and defeating Haverford, 9-0. Cherylann Mucciolo ’18 had the most competitive match in the win over Haverford, defeating her opponent in five sets, 11-9, 5-11, 11-7, 5-11, and 11-5.
Seven Brewers won their matches in straight sets as Vassar defeated New York University, 9-0, on Nov. 7 at Kenyon Hall. Team captain Hannah Nice ’18 surrendered only five points.
Nice won her No. 1 singles match to lead Vassar to a 5-4 victory over Colgate University on Oct. 24 at Kenyon Hall.
Women’s Field Hockey
Vassar finished the season with a 12-6 record after losing in the semifinals of the Liberty League playoffs on Nov. 4. Top-seeded William Smith College, ranked fifth in the country, defeated the Brewers, 4-0, on the William Smith campus in Geneva, N.Y. Emma Bracken ’17 had three shots on goal.
Vassar outscored seven other teams by a margin of 161-28 at the Matt Lampell Hudson River Invitational on Nov. 22 at Walker Field House. The Brewers earned victories over Drew University, Queens College, Marist College, Long Island University-C.W. Post Campus, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the City College of New York, and Yeshiva University. Lily Elbaum ’16 and Annie Innes-Gold ’18 each won 20 of their 21 matches in sabre competition. Olivia Weiss ’17 won all 18 of her matches in épée.
Kirsten Denman ’18 and Innes-Gold led Vassar to victory over five of seven opponents on Nov. 15 at the Vassar Invitational at Walker Field House. The Brewers defeated Haverford College, Queens College, Long Island University, the University of Florida, and Fairleigh Dickinson University. Vassar’s only losses came to national powers Northwestern University and Cornell University. Denman posted 15 wins for the foil squad, while Innes-Gold won 15 bouts in sabre.
Weiss finished third overall in the épée competition at The Big One, an annual event featuring more than 20 teams from the Northeast, on Nov. 7 at Smith College in Northampton, Mass. The foil team had two fencers, Denman and Sophie Blumenstock ’19, finish in the top 10.
Vassar defeated seven opponents on Nov. 22 at the Matt Lampell Hudson River Invitational at Walker Field House. The Brewers posted convincing victories over Cornell University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Drew University, the University at Albany, Marist College, and Rochester Institute of Technology as well as a Vassar “B” squad. Tom Racek ’18 upped his season record to 34-2, winning all 18 of his matches. Jackson Dammann ’17 was 16-1.
Vassar fell just short of a sweep at the Vassar Invitational on Nov. 15, defeating six squads and losing by a single point, 14-13, to Stevens Institute of Technology. The Brewers posted wins over Yeshiva University, Hunter College, Haverford College, Lafayette College, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and the University of Florida. Team captain Elam Coalson ’16 won 17 of his 18 bouts for the sabre team. Eli Polston ’18 notched 15 wins for the sabre team, and Racek was 16-2 in foil.
Jonathan Alperstein ’18 and George Whiteside ’18 tied for third in the épéecompetition on Nov. 7 at The Big One tournament at Smith College in Northampton, Mass.
William Smith College, ranked third in the country in NCAA Division III polls, knocked off Vassar, 5-0, in the semifinals of the Liberty League playoffs on Nov. 4 on the William Smith campus in Geneva, N.Y. The Brewers finished the season with a record of 9-7-2. Vassar had several good scoring chances, including four corner kicks, but failed to score. Goalkeeper Emma Nichols ’16 had six saves.
Women’s Swimming and Diving
All-American Julia Cunningham ’17 won a pair of events, but Vassar fell to New York University on Nov. 21, 173-122. Cunningham posted a season-best time of 2:06.57 in the 200 meter butterfly and also took first in the 200 meter breaststroke. Sammy Stone ’19 won the 1,000 meter freestyle.
Stone won the 200 meter freestyle and the 500 meter freestyle, but Vassar lost to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), 188.5-111.5, on Nov. 14 on the RPI campus in Troy, N.Y.
Mia Moraru ’19 broke her own school record in the three-meter diving competition as Vassar defeated Skidmore College, 171-98, on Nov. 7 on the Skidmore campus in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Moraru’s score of 251.25 smashed the mark she set just a week earlier. Cunningham won the 200-yard butterfly and the 200-yard breaststroke, and Stone was first in the 200 meter freestyle.
Men’s Swimming and Diving
Jonah Strand ’18 won a pair of events, but Vassar lost to New York University, 180-98, on Nov. 21 at Kresge Pool. Strand topped the field in the 100 meter breaststroke and the 200 meter breaststroke.
Anthony Walker ’17 won the 200 meter butterfly and the 100 meter butterfly, but Vassar fell to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), 194.5-100.5, on Nov. 14 on the RPI campus in Troy, N.Y.
Alex May ’19 picked up wins in the 1,000-yard freestyle and the 500 meter freestyle to pace Vassar to a 155-131 victory over Skidmore College on Nov. 7 on the Skidmore campus in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Greg Cristina ’16 won the 50-yard freestyle and the 100-yard butterfly.
Men’s Cross Country
Michael Scarlett ’18 paced Vassar to a 15th-place finish in a field of 41 teams on Nov. 14 at the NCAA Atlantic Regionals at SUNY Geneseo in Geneseo, N.Y. Scarlett posted a time of 26:19.3 in the 8K race to finish 38th in a field of 288 runners.
Ry Blume ’19 finished 40th overall in a 278-runner field to lead Vassar to a 15th-place finish against 40 teams at the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Association meet on Nov. 7 at Williams College in Williamstown, Mass. Jared Freedman ’18 was 58th. Blume posted a time of 27:52.9 in the 8K race.
Women’s Cross Country
Christiana Prater-Lee ’19 and Ava Farrell ’16 finished in the top 70 against 264 other runners on Nov. 14 at the NCAA Atlantic Regionals at SUNY Geneseo in Geneseo, N.Y. Prater-Lee was 60th, with a time of 23:36.7, in the 6K race. Farrell was 68th with a time of 23:39.1. Vassar finished 14th in the 37-team field.
Acadia DiNardo ’19 led Vassar to a 14th-place finish in a 46-team field on Nov. 7 at the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Association meet at Williams College in Williamstown, Mass. DiNardo was 48th in a 312-runner field, posting a time of 24:41.6 in the 6K race.