Ariella Rosenthal ’18 scored 20 points and Caitlin Drakeley ’16 added 15 points and 11 rebounds as Vassar (5-13, 3-7 Liberty League) knocked St. Lawrence University out of first place with a 76-60 victory on Alumni Day on Jan. 30 at the Athletics and Fitness Center.
The Brewers squandered a 10-point, fourth-quarter lead and fell to Clarkson University, 57-55, on Jan. 29 at the Athletics and Fitness Center. Rosenthal led all Vassar scorers with 14 points.
Nicole Teta ’19 sparked Vassar’s offense with 23 points in the Brewers’ 71-59 victory over Bard College on Jan. 26 in Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y. Teta connected on four three-pointers in six attempts. Vassar outrebounded Bard, 49-35. Rose Serafini ’16 had 12, and Alex Moon ’16 and Drakeley each had 10.
A fourth-quarter comeback fell just short as the Brewers lost to host William Smith College, 74-69, on Jan. 23 in Geneva, N.Y. Drakeley led all Vassar scorers with 21 points.
Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) held onto a slim lead down the stretch and defeated Vassar, 65-62, on Jan. 22 on the RIT campus. Drakeley pulled the Brewers to within a point with a layup with 18 seconds to go, but Vassar could not score the equalizer. Drakeley and Rosenthal each scored 15 points, and Colleen O’Connell ’16 added 11 points and eight rebounds.
Union College edged the Brewers, 63-61, on Jan. 16 at the Athletics and Fitness Center. O’Connell scored a season-high 19 points and grabbed six rebounds.
A late rally fell short as Skidmore College defeated Vassar, 61-54, on Jan. 15 at the Athletics and Fitness Center. The Thoroughbreds led by 11 points with six minutes to go. The Brewers closed to within three but could get no closer. Rosenthal led all scorers with 19 points, and Drakeley added 17.
Rosenthal scored 23 points and Vassar finished the game with a 21-9 run in the fourth quarter to defeat Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 72-58, on Jan. 12 at the Athletics and Fitness Center. Julia Roellke ’19 keyed the defense with six rebounds and five blocked shots in 14 minutes of action.
Rosenthal matched her career high with 24 points, but the Brewers fell to Clarkson University, 67-61, on Jan. 9 on the winners’ floor in Potsdam, N.Y.
Preseason Liberty League favorite St. Lawrence University eked out a 59-56 win over Vassar on Jan. 8 on the St. Lawrence campus in Canton, N.Y. Rosenthal led all Vassar scorers with 14 points. Drakeley added 13, and O’Connell had 10.
St. Lawrence University scored seven straight points in overtime and went on to defeat Vassar (9-10, 5-5 Liberty League), 80-73, on Jan. 30 at the Athletics and Fitness Center. Paul Grinde ’19 led the Brewers with 18 points and nine rebounds. Jesse Browne ’18 had 14 points, and Mickey Adams ’17 added 13.
Browne led a first-half surge and the Brewers cruised to an 85-70 win over Clarkson University on Jan. 29 at the Athletics and Fitness Center. Browne scored 10 points during Vassar’s 20-1 run midway through the first half and finished with 23. Adams had a career-high 18.
Erikson Wasyl ’16 scored 21 points to lead Vassar to a 65-61 victory over Bard College on Jan. 26 on the Bard campus in Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y. Browne added 12 points and grabbed nine rebounds.
Hobart College defeated Vassar, 77-52, in a Liberty League contest on Jan. 23 on the Hobart campus in Geneva, N.Y. Wasyl and Browne scored 14 and 11 points, respectively, to lead the Brewers.
Grinde scored 18 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead Vassar to a 74-63 victory over Rochester Institute of Technology on Jan. 22 in Rochester, N.Y.
Union College used a 9-2 spurt late in the fourth quarter to defeat Vassar, 78-74, on Jan. 16 at the Athletics and Fitness Center. Grinde scored 18 points and hauled in 18 rebounds to lead the Brewers. Wasyl also scored 18 points.
Wasyl became the 14th player in Vassar history to score 1,000 career points during the Brewers’ 69-64 victory over Skidmore College on Jan. 15 at the Athletics and Fitness Center. Wasyl finished with 17 points and had a game-high eight rebounds.
Browne scored a career-high 28 points to pace Vassar to a 70-62 victory over Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute on Jan. 12 at the Athletics and Fitness Center. Wasyl added 19.
Vassar sank only seven of 34 shots from three-point range in a 58-50 loss to Clarkson University on Jan. 9 in Potsdam, N.Y. Wasyl finished with 16 points, and Alex Seff ’19 added 11.
Host St. Lawrence University outscored Vassar in the second half, 36-23, and coasted to a 67-54 victory in the Liberty League opener for both teams on Jan. 8. Wasyl scored 17 points, and Grinde chipped in with 15 points and eight rebounds.
Women’s Swimming and Diving
Julia Cunningham ’17 broke two meet records to lead Vassar to victory at the Vassar Sprint Invitational on Jan. 30. Cunningham clipped more than six seconds off the meet record in the 500-yard freestyle, finishing in 5:17.65. She eclipsed the record in the 100-yard butterfly by more than two seconds, recording a time of 59.03. Sammy Stone ’19 also set a meet record, swimming the 200-yard freestyle in 1:59.37.
Stone won three events and Cunningham won two to lead Vassar to a second-place finish at the Seven Sisters Championships on Jan. 22 and 23 on the Wellesley (Mass.) College campus. Stone won the 100-, 200-, and 500-yard freestyle and finished second in the 1,650-yard freestyle. Cunningham won the 100- and 200-yard butterfly events and was second in the 200- and 400-yard individual medley.
Stone posted two wins and finished second in another event to pace Vassar in competition against Hamilton College and Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in Hamilton’s pool in Clinton, N.Y. Vassar lost to Hamilton, 183-115, and to RIT, 164-133. Stone won the 1,000-yard freestyle and the 200-yard individual medley and was second in the 100-yard freestyle. Mia Moraru ’19, Nora Kyrkjebo ’18, and Maya Pruitt ’16 were second, third, and fourth, respectively, in both the one- and three-meter diving events.
Vassar defeated Trinity College but lost to host Mount Holyoke College on Jan. 14 at the Mount Holyoke Natatorium in South Hadley, Mass. Stone posted wins in the 100- and 200-yard freestyle events. Moraru won the one- and three-meter diving events.
Stone and Cunningham turned in impressive performances at the Aqua Crest Atomic Fireball long course meet on Jan. 9 in Delray Beach, Fla. Stone posted a 2:19.8 in the 200-yard freestyle and led all Vassar swimmers with a 1:22.9 in the 100-yard breaststroke. Cunningham posted a 2:41.15 in the 200-yard individual medley and a 33.3 in the 50-yard butterfly.
Men’s Swimming and Diving
Michael Coletta ’19, Jonah Strand ’18, Anthony Walker ’17, and Greg Cristina ’16 set a meet record in the 200-yard medley relay as the Brewers won the Vassar Sprint Invitational on Jan. 30. Chris Cerutti ’17, Isaiah Hale ’16, Ian LaBash ’19, and Lukas Harries ’19 won the 200-yard freestyle relay.
Alex May ’19, Walker, and Luke Morrison ’18 posted victories, but Vassar fell to Montclair (N.J.) State University, 128-102, on Jan. 27 in the winners’ pool. May won the 1,000-yard freestyle by more than 14 seconds, posting a season-best time of 10:23.77. Walker won the 200-yard freestyle, and Morrison was first in the 200-yard butterfly. Clancy Green ’17 finished second in both diving events.
Walker and Strand chalked up victories, but Vassar fell to Hamilton College, 202-92, and Rochester Institute of Technology, 201-94, on Jan. 16 on the Hamilton campus. Walker won the 100- and 200-meter butterfly events, and Strand finished first in the 200-year breaststroke and was second in the 100-yard breaststroke. He was third in the 200-yard individual medley.
Strand won two events, but Vassar lost to Trinity College, 174-113, on Jan. 14 at the Mount Holyoke Natatorium in South Hadley, Mass. Strand posted decisive victories in the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke events. Cerutti finished second in the 100-yard backstroke, and Walker was second in the 200-yard butterfly.
Walker posted a 2:27.75 in the 200-meter individual medley on Jan. 9 at the Aqua Crest Atomic Fireball long course meet in Delray Beach, Fla. Walker was one of several Brewers to turn in impressive performances at the meet. May, Strand, Morrison, Hale, Harries, Cristina, and Jose Rojas ’18 also excelled in sprint events.
Kirsten Denman ’18 posted three wins in foil competition, but Vassar (16-17) lost to Yale University, 17-10, on Jan. 30 on the Yale campus in New Haven, Conn. Olivia Weiss ’17 chalked up two wins in épée.
Annie Innis-Gold ’18 won 16 of her 18 bouts in sabre to lead Vassar to a pair of victories in competition with five other teams in the Northeast Fencing Conference on Jan. 23 at Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Mass. The Brewers defeated Smith College and Tufts University but lost close matches to Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston College, and Brown University. Denman had 14 wins in foil, and Weiss led Vassar’s épée squad with nine wins.
The Brewers defeated California Institute of Technology and the University of the Incarnate Word but dropped matches to four other teams in competition on Jan. 16 in La Jolla, Calif. The Brewers were defeated by Stanford University, the United States Air Force Academy, Northwestern University, and host University of California, San Diego. Denman won 14 of her 17 bouts in foil, and Weiss was 13-4 in épée.
Vassar (19-13) won the épée and sabre competitions but fell to Yale University, 15-12, on Jan. 30 in New Haven, Conn. Zach Wilson ’19 and Eli Polston ’18 each posted two wins in sabre. Jonathan Alperstein ’18 was 3-0 in épée.
Vassar defeated Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston College, and Tufts University and narrowly lost to Brandeis University and Brown University in Northeast Fencing Conference action on Jan. 23 at Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Mass. Polston led all Vassar competitors with 13 wins, while Alperstein had 12 and Tom Racek ’18 finished with 10.
Vassar defeated California Institute of Technology and the University of the Incarnate Word but lost to Stanford University; the University of California, San Diego; and the United States Air Force Academy in competition on Jan. 17 in La Jolla, Calif. Team captain Elam Coalson ’16 and Campbell Woods ’17 each won 10 of 14 bouts in sabre.
Vassar (5-1) dropped a hard-fought match to top-ranked Springfield College and defeated Ramapo College of New Jersey in five sets on Jan. 30 at Kenyon Hall. The Brewers lost to Springfield, 25-21, 14-25, 25-22, 25-18. They defeated Ramapo, 25-16, 25-17, 21-25, 23-25, 15-11. Reno Kriz ’16 and Matthew Knigge ’18 each had 10 kills in the loss to Springfield. Knigge had 13 kills, and Zechariah Lee ’18 had 47 assists in the win over Ramapo.
Kriz became the seventh player in Vassar history to register 1,000 career kills as the team capped the Wildcat Invitational, hosted by SUNY Polytechnic Institute in Utica, N.Y., with wins over 11th-ranked Kean University and Wells College on Jan. 23 in Utica, N.Y. Vassar won both matches in straight sets. Lee had 36 assists in the win over Kean. Kriz had 10 kills in the victory over Wells.
Vassar opened the tournament on Jan. 22 with four-set victories over Wentworth Institute of Technology and host SUNY Polytechnic Institute. Knigge, who was named co-MVP of the tournament, had nine kills in the win over Wentworth. Lee had 49 assists and eight digs in the win over SUNY Poly.
Vassar (5-3) won all 18 matches against Georgetown University and Boston University on Jan. 20 at the Hudson Valley Team Tournament at Kenyon Hall. Hannah Nice ’18 improved her season record to 7-1 with a pair of victories. Isabelle Bertram ’17, who returned from a semester abroad, posted her first win of the season.
Richard Bryenton ’17 won both of his matches, but Vassar (1-7) fell to Colgate University, 7-2, and Boston University, 8-1, on Jan. 30 at Kenyon Hall. Andrew Patton ’18 had the other win against Colgate.
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