Vassar (12-14, 8-9 Liberty League) ended the season with an 82-71 loss to top-seeded Skidmore College on Feb. 24 in the semifinals of the Liberty League tournament in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Jesse Browne ’18 led all Brewers scorers with 18 points. Erikson Wasyl ’16 had 14, and Paul Grinde ’19 finished with 13 points and seven rebounds.
Vassar finished the regular season with a 71-63 loss to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) on Feb. 21 on the RPI campus in Schenectady, N.Y. Browne scored 22 points, and Mickey Adams ’17 had 11 points and 11 rebounds.
Adams hit a clutch three-pointer late in the fourth quarter to propel Vassar to a 72-69 victory over Liberty League rival Bard College on Feb. 17 at the Athletics and Fitness Center. Adams finished with a game-high 18 points and six rebounds. Browne and Wasyl each scored 13 points.
Skidmore College scored with four seconds remaining in overtime, defeating Vassar, 71-69, on Feb. 13 on the Skidmore campus in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Wasyl sent the game into overtime with a three-point shot with 22 seconds remaining in regulation. Wasyl finished with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Browne led all Vassar scorers with 22.
Union College broke open a close game early in the second half and defeated Vassar, 74-48, on Feb. 12 on the Union campus in Schenectady, N.Y. The Brewers were outscored, 47-20, after intermission. Grinde led Vassar with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Adams scored a career-high 21 points to lead Vassar to a 72-65 victory over Rochester Institute of Technology on Feb. 6 at the Athletics and Fitness Center. Alex Seff ’19 added 18 points, and Grinde grabbed nine rebounds.
Browne exploded with 31 points as Vassar defeated Liberty League rival Hobart College, 75-66, on Jan. 5 at the Athletics and Fitness Center. Seff added 10 points and hauled in nine rebounds.
Vassar (10-15, 7-9 Liberty League) finished its season with an 88-74 victory over Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) on Feb. 21 in Schenectady, N.Y. The Brewers trailed at halftime, 43-36, but outscored RPI, 52-31, in the second half. Ariella Rosenthal ’18 led all scorers with 30 points. Caitlin Drakeley ’16 and Rose Serafini ’16 capped their college careers with 16 and 13 points, respectively.
Drakeley celebrated her final home appearance by scoring 24 points, grabbing 10 rebounds, and dishing out seven assists in an 82-42 thrashing of Bard College on Feb. 17 at the Athletics and Fitness Center. Nicole Teta ’19 nailed three three-pointers and scored 13 points, and Julia Roellke ’19 had a career-high 11 rebounds.
Teta and Rosenthal combined for 41 points, but Vassar fell to Liberty League rival Skidmore College, 72-69, on Feb. 13 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Teta had a team-high 22 points, five rebounds, and three steals.
Rosenthal scored 25 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, and had three steals in Vassar’s 66-54 victory over Union College on Feb. 12 on the Union campus in Schenectady, N.Y. Drakeley added 12 points.
Vassar had its three-game winning streak snapped, losing to Rochester Institute of Technology, 73-58, on Jan. 6 at the Athletics and Fitness Center. Rosenthal and Teta each tallied 16 points.
Rosenthal scored 21 points, including a pair of clutch free throws in the final minute, as Vassar held off William Smith College, 55-50, on Jan. 5 at the Athletics and Fitness Center. Drakeley sealed the victory with a steal on William Smith’s next possession. Serafini keyed a stifling Brewers defense with 12 rebounds and six blocked shots.
Roellke came off the bench to score seven points, grab eight rebounds, and make two steals and Vassar used a balanced attack to defeat Mount Saint Mary College, 64-49, on Feb. 2 at the Athletics and Fitness Center. Rosenthal led all scorers with 19 points, and Teta added 13 points, six assists, five rebounds, and three steals. All eight players who saw action scored at least three points and grabbed at least two rebounds.
Vassar (12-4) defeated Lasell College in straight sets but lost to top-ranked Springfield (Mass.) College in a pair of matches on Feb. 27 on the Springfield campus. Reno Kriz ’16 had 11 kills and Matt Knigge ’18 and Brian Manley ’18 each added 10 in the win over Lasell. Knigge had 15 kills in the match against Springfield. Zechariah Lee ’18 had 24 assists and five digs.
New York University (NYU) defeated Vassar in four sets on Feb. 23 in a match pitting two of the top 12 teams in the country on the NYU campus in New York City. The Brewers won the first set, 25-20, but dropped the next three, 25-22, 25-13, and 25-22. Kriz led all hitters with 18 kills. Lee had 33 assists, three blocks, and two service aces.
Kriz had 15 kills, four service aces, and eight digs to lead Vassar to a 3-1 victory over Penn State Behrend on Feb. 20 on the Behrend campus in Erie, Pa. The Brewers also topped Bard College in straight sets. Lee had 34 assists, four digs, and five blocks in the victory over Penn State. Manley had nine kills in the victory over Bard.
Vassar breezed past the College of Mount Saint Vincent in straight sets on Feb. 16 on the Mount Saint Vincent campus in Riverdale, N.Y. Knigge had 10 kills, three service aces, and six blocks. Christian Lizana ’17 added six kills, and Lee and Daniel Halberg ’19 combined for 31 assists.
In a battle between two of the top 10 teams in the country, Stevens Institute of Technology narrowly defeated Vassar on Jan. 10 at Kenyon Hall. The Brewers lost the first two sets, 25-23 and 26-24; won the third, 25-18; and lost the fourth, 25-22. Kriz had a match-high 20 kills and added 10 digs. Lee had a career-high 19 digs. Stevens entered the match ranked sixth in the country, and Vassar was No. 9.
Lee had 18 assists, five service aces, four digs, and two blocks in Vassar’s straight-set victory over Newbury College on Feb. 6 in Newton, Mass. Kriz and Knigge each posted 10 kills.
Lee and Erik Halberg ’16 combined for 30 assists in the Brewers’ 3-0 win over Mount Ida College on Feb. 6 on the Mount Ida campus in Newton, Mass.
Solid serving from Lizana and Lee propelled Vassar to a straight-set victory over SUNY Purchase, 25-6, 25-10, and 25-18, on Feb. 3 at Kenyon Hall. Vassar servers registered 11 aces.
Women’s Swimming and Diving
Vassar finished sixth in a 16-team field at the Upper New York State Collegiate Swimming Association Championships from Feb. 17-20 at Ithaca College. Julia Cunningham ’17 qualified for the NCAA Division III Championships after posting a second-place finish in the 200-yard butterfly, and Sammy Stone ’19 swam a lifetime-best 17:36.84 in the one-mile freestyle. Cunningham, Stone, Meg Harrington ’19, and Lily Frye ’16 finished sixth in the 400-yard freestyle relay. Cunningham, Stone, Milee Nelson ’16, and Marie Schmidt ’16 smashed the school record in the 800-yard freestyle relay. Frye, Nelson, Cunningham, and Hayley Schultz ’19 set a school record in the 400-yard medley relay and finished seventh overall. Stone finished third in the 200-yard freestyle.
Men’s Swimming and Diving
The Brewers finished eighth in a 15-team field at the Upper New York State Collegiate Swimming Association Championships from Feb. 17-20 at Ithaca College. Anthony Walker ’17 finished sixth overall in the 200-yard butterfly finals and set a school record of 51.45 in the preliminaries of the 100-yard butterfly. Greg Cristina ’16 was 12th overall in the event. Cristina, Ian LaBash ’19, Isaiah Hale ’16, and Lukas Harries ’19 finished 10th overall in the 200-yard freestyle relay. Jonah Strand ’18 was sixth overall in the 100-yard breaststroke. Walker, Hale, LaBash, and Alex May ’18 finished seventh overall in the 800-yard freestyle relay.
Vassar’s épée squad finished seventh overall at the U.S. Collegiate Squad Championships on Feb. 28 at Princeton (N.J.) University. The squad of Amreen Bhasin ’16, Margaret Shepherd ’16, Olivia Weiss ’17, and Rose Hulsey-Vincent ’19 defeated Fairleigh Dickinson University, 45-42, and won in a walkover against St. John’s University. The Brewers lost a thrilling match to fifth-ranked Brandeis University, 45-42, and lost to top-ranked Princeton, 45-25.
Hulsey-Vincent finished sixth in the épée competition at the New England Intercollegiate Fencing Conference Championships on Feb. 20 at Wellesley College in Wellesley, Mass. Weiss was seventh in épée, and Annie Innes-Gold ’18 finished seventh in sabre.
Kirsten Denman ’18 and Innes-Gold captured individual titles at the Eastern Women’s Fencing Conference Championships on Feb. 14 in New York City. Vassar (24-23) finished fourth in an eight-team field in the team competition. Innes-Gold, who was seeded sixth in the sabre competition, knocked off the top three seeds to capture the title. Denman was undefeated in foil singles competition and 14-4 overall. She and Sophie Blumenstock ’19 were named First Team All-Stars in foil, and Mirit Rutishauser ’19 was named to the Second Team. Vassar defeated Yeshiva University, Hunter College, Drew University, and the City College of New York and lost to Johns Hopkins University, Haverford College, and Stevens Institute of Technology. The team’s 24 wins this season were the third-most in program history.
Vassar lost a pair of matches to New York University (NYU) and top-ranked Columbia University on Jan. 10 in New York City. The Brewers fell to NYU, 16-11, and lost to Columbia, 22-5. Denman led the foil team to a 6-3 record against NYU and posted the lone foil victory against Columbia. Hulsey-Vincent had two victories in épée against Columbia.
Vassar lost to Sacred Heart University but defeated the University of New Hampshire, Dartmouth College, Boston University, the University of Massachusetts, and Wellesley College in Northeast Fencing Conference action on Feb. 6 on the Wellesley campus in Northampton, Mass. The foil team posted a 45-9 mark, led by Blumenstock (16-2), Rutishauser (14-1), and Denman (11-1). Innes-Gold was 13-2 in sabre competition, and Weiss finished with a 15-3 record in épée.
The Brewers’ épée and sabre teams each finished seventh at the U.S. Collegiate Squad Championships on Feb. 28 at Princeton University. George Whiteside ’18, Ry Farley ’17, and Jonathan Alperstein ’18 competed in the épée event, and Eli Polston ’18, Zachary Wilson ’16, and Elam Coalson ’16 represented Vassar in sabre.
Vassar finished first at the New England Intercollegiate Fencing Conference Championships on Feb. 20 at Wellesley College in Wellesley, Mass. The Brewers captured the top three spots in the épée competition. Whiteside won the event, Alperstein was runner-up, and Farley finished third. Tom Racek ’18 finished second in foil, and Coalson was seventh in sabre.
Vassar (25-14) lost to New York University (NYU), 20-7, but knocked off Columbia University, 14-13, on Jan. 10 in New York City. Vassar’s sabre team won seven of nine bouts against Columbia, including three by Coalson. Whiteside and Alperstein each won two bouts in épée. The épée squad won five of its nine bouts against NYU, two by Whiteside.
Vassar went undefeated in Northeast Fencing Conference competition on Feb. 6, defeating Sacred Heart University, the University of New Hampshire, Dartmouth College, Boston University, and the University of Massachusetts on the campus of Wellesley College in Northampton, Mass. The Brewers won 98 of the 135 matches. The sabre team was 38-7, led by Polston, who won all 12 of his matches. Racek led the foil team to a 35-10 record, while Alperstein and Dan Swerzenski ’18 were the top performers in épée.
Hannah Nice ’18 and Fiona Agger ’19 won their matches, but Vassar (7-9) fell to Mount Holyoke College, 7-2, in the consolation finals of the College Squash Association Championships on Feb. 21 in Wallingford, Conn. In earlier rounds, Vassar defeated Boston College, 5-4, and lost to Wesleyan College, 9-0.
Nice and Agger posted Vassar’s victories in losses to Tufts University, 7-2, and Wesleyan University, 9-0, on Feb. 13 on the Wesleyan campus in Middletown, Conn. Nice won her match in straight sets. Agger triumphed in five sets, winning the decisive set, 11-7.
Vassar defeated Smith College but lost to Wellesley College and Mount Holyoke College at the Seven Sisters Championships on Feb. 6 at Kenyon Hall. Nice won her No. 1 singles match in three sets in the Brewers’ 9-0 win over Smith. Nice and Agger posted victories against Mount Holyoke.
Vassar (2-15) defeated the University of Notre Dame, 6-3, but lost to Pennsylvania State University, 5-4, and Davidson College, 6-3, at the College Squash Association Championships from Feb. 19-21 in Wallingford, Conn. Vincent Mencotti ’17 won all three of his matches at the No. 1 position, and Isaac Stuart ’19 was unbeaten at No. 9.
The Brewers lost to Tufts University and Wesleyan University by 9-0 scores in matches on Feb. 13 on the Wesleyan campus in Middletown, Conn. Richard Bryenton ’17 extended his match against Tufts’ Dan Fischer to five sets.
Mencotti posted Vassar’s only victory in the Liberty League Championships on Feb. 6 in Canton, N.Y. The Brewers lost to Bard College, 8-1, and were shut out by St. Lawrence University, the University of Rochester, and Hobart College, 9-0.
Vassar (4-4) swept Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), 9-0, on Feb. 28 on the RIT campus. Dan Cooper ’16 picked up his eighth win of the year at No. 1 singles.
Cooper notched Vassar’s lone win in the Brewers’ 8-1 loss to the University of Rochester on Feb. 27 in Rochester, N.Y. Cooper won his match, 6-0, 7-5.
Cooper, Juan Felipe Laso ’17, and Nick Lee ’19 picked up victories in Vassar’s 6-3 loss to No. 24 Skidmore College on Feb. 20 at the Joss Tennis Courts.
The Brewers opened their spring season with a 9-0 win over Clark University on Feb. 13 at Walker Field House. Laso didn’t give up a game in his singles win, and Cooper clinched the match with a 6-1, 6-1 triumph.
Kate Christensen ’18 won her singles and doubles matches, but Vassar (4-2) suffered a 5-4 loss to Liberty League rival St. Lawrence University on Feb. 28 on the St. Lawrence campus in Canton, N.Y. Christensen teamed with Morgan Fitzgerald ’18 to win the No. 3 doubles match, and she won her No. 1 singles match by a score of 6-1, 6-0.
Vassar shut out Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), 9-0, on Feb. 27 on the RIT campus. Courtney Geiss ’18 blanked her opponent in No. 2 singles, 6-0, 6-0.
Christensen and Geiss won their No. 1 and No. 2 singles matches by identical scores of 7-5, 6-4 as Vassar defeated Muhlenberg College, 9-0, on Feb. 20 on the Muhlenberg campus in Allentown, Pa.
Vassar fell to a powerful United States Military Academy squad, 7-0, on Feb. 13 on the winners’ campus in West Point, N.Y. Christensen lost, 6-2, 6-4. The Brewers’ top doubles team of Hanna McGuire ’17 and Shayna Becker ’17 lost a hard-fought battle, 6-4.
The Brewers opened their season with a 19-7 victory over Western Connecticut State University on Feb. 24 at the Weinberg Turf Field. Noah Parson ’16 scored on a pass from Liam Moriarty ’17 just eight seconds after the opening whistle. Parson finished the day with five goals and an assist. Chris Billups ’17 and Sam Houston-Read ’17 each had three goals and two assists.