Vassar defeated Gustavus Adolphus College but lost to Central College in the Puerto Rico Classic on Dec. 27 and 28 in Trujillo Alto, PR. Erikson Wasyl ’16 nailed a three-point shot with about a minute and a half to play to put the Brewers ahead for good in the win over Gustavus Adolphus. Wasyl finished with 21 points. Jesse Browne ’18 added 20. Browne led all scorers in the loss to Central with 13 points. Paul Grinde ’19 had 11 points and seven rebounds.
Southern Vermont College used a 13-2 spurt at the end of the first half to defeat Vassar, 76-64, on Dec. 9 at the Athletics and Fitness Center. Grinde led all scorers with 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Wasyl added 15 points and nine rebounds.
The Brewers connected on more than half of their shots from the field, including nine of 19 from three-point range, and defeated Hamilton College, 74-63, at their home opener on Dec. 5. Grinde finished with 22 points, and Wasyl chipped in with 18.
Trinity College scored 13 straight points to take a commanding lead midway through the first half, and Vassar never caught up, as the Brewers fell to the Bantams, 74-56, on Dec. 2 on the Trinity campus in Hartford, Conn. Browne scored 20 points.
Vassar split a pair of games at the Salem State University Holiday Tournament in Salem, Mass., on Dec. 29 and 30. The Brewers defeated Salem State, 66-49, but lost to Wheaton College, 65-59. Ariella Rosenthal ’18 and Caitlin Drakeley ’16 each scored 15 points in the victory over Salem State. Rosenthal led all scorers with 23 points in the loss to Wheaton.
Vassar committed 24 turnovers in a 63-60 loss to SUNY New Paltz on Dec. 8 on the New Paltz campus. Rosenthal and Drakeley each scored 16 points for the Brewers.
Stevens Institute of Technology overpowered the Brewers, 70-48, on Dec. 4 on the winners’ court in Hoboken, N.J. Vassar jumped out to an 8-4 lead, but Stevens scored 18 of the next 23 points and never trailed the rest of the way. Rose Serafini ’16 led Vassar with 12 points.
Men’s Swimming and Diving
Jonah Strand ’18 took third place in the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke events, as Vassar finished sixth at the Liberty League Championships on Dec. 4 and 5 at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute pool in Troy, N.Y. Anthony Walker ’17 was third in the 200-meter butterfly. Clancy Green ’17 posted a personal best in the one-meter diving event, finishing 17th overall.
Women’s Swimming and Diving
Julia Cunningham ’17 was named to the All-Liberty League Second Team for her performance in the league championships on Dec. 4 and 5 at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y. Vassar finished third in the nine-team field. Cunningham was second in the 200-meter butterfly, third in the 400-meter individual medley, and fourth in the 100-meter butterfly. Hayley Schultz ’19 was fourth in both the 100- and 200-meter breaststroke events. Sammy Stone ’19 finished second in the 200-meter freestyle and earned a total of 209 of her team’s 822 points. Mia Moraru ’19 was sixth overall in the three-meter diving event.
Vassar faced some of the top teams in the country on Dec. 5 and 6 at the Traditional Multi-Meet hosted by Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn. Sacred Heart edged the Brewers, 15-12. Vassar also absorbed losses to No. 6 Harvard University, No. 2 Pennsylvania State University, No. 8 Princeton University, New York University, and New Jersey Institute of Technology. Eli Polston ’17 posted three wins in sabre competition against Penn State. Jonathan Alperstein ’18, George Whiteside ’18, and captain Ry Farley ’17 posted victories in épée against Harvard.
Vassar faced three of the top five teams in the country on Dec. 5 and 6 at the Sacred Heart University Traditional Multi-Meet on the Sacred Heart campus in Fairfield, Conn. The Brewers lost to No. 3 Princeton University, 24-3; No. 4 Harvard University, 23-4; No. 5 Pennsylvania State University, 21-6; Temple University, 21-6; and Sacred Heart, 18-9. Olivia Weiss ’17 and captain Amreen Bhasin ’16 picked up wins against Princeton in épée.
Vincent Mencotti ’17 extended his opponent to five sets but lost by two points in the deciding set as Vassar lost to host Connecticut College, 9-0, on Dec. 5. Richard Bryenton ’17 won a set in his match.
Hannah Nice ’18 won both her matches, but Vassar fell to Connecticut College and Mount Holyoke College by 8-1 scores on Dec. 5 on the Connecticut campus in New London.