Matt Knigge ’18 was named to the NCAA Division III All-American First Team by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. Knigge’s selection marks the 10th time a Vassar volleyball player has earned All-American honors. He joins John Kessenich ’08 and Phil Tully ’09 as the only other First Team All-Americans.
Vassar (24-7, 4-4 United Volleyball Conference) defeated New York University (NYU) in the opening round of the UVC tournament on Apr. 8 but fell to Stevens Institute of Technology in the semifinals on Apr. 9. Vassar finished the season ranked eighth in the country. Reno Kriz ’16 led all Brewers with 16 kills and added 10 digs in the win over NYU. Knigge had 12 kills and 10 blocks. Trey Cimorelli ’17 had a team-high eight digs in the loss to Stevens. Knigge had nine kills, and Quinn Rutledge ’17 added seven.
Kriz and Erik Halberg ’16 celebrated their final match on the Vassar campus on Apr. 2 with a straight-set victory over Wells College at the Athletics and Fitness Center. Kriz had 14 kills, and Halberg added nine.
Vassar finished the season with a 6-9 record, 2-7 in the Liberty League. The Brewers fell to William Smith College, 15-5, on Apr. 30 in Geneva, N.Y. Isabelle Goldstein ’16 and Julia Trudell ’17 each scored twice.
Goldstein scored five goals and assisted on another, but Vassar lost to Union College, 17-9, on Apr. 29 on the Union campus in Schenectady, N.Y. Trudell and Storm Sideleau ’18 each notched a pair of goals.
Sideleau scored four goals, and Goldstein added three, powering Vassar to a 12-8 victory over the University of Rochester on Apr. 23 at the Weinberg Turf Field.
Goldstein had five goals and assisted on two others, but Vassar lost to Liberty League rival Rochester Institute of Technology, 13-11, on Apr. 22 at the Weinberg Turf Field.
Sideleau scored three goals, but Vassar lost to Clarkson University, 13-9, on Apr. 16 on the Clarkson campus in Potsdam, N.Y.
Goldstein scored three goals and added an assist in Vassar’s 17-7 loss to St. Lawrence University on Apr. 15 in Canton, N.Y.
Four Brewers scored goals, but Vassar fell to Liberty League rival Skidmore College, 11-5, on Apr. 9 at the Weinberg Turf Field. Sideleau registered two goals.
Sideleau scored three goals, but a late rally fell short as Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute edged Vassar, 10-8, on Apr. 8 at the Weinberg Turf Field. Goldstein had a goal and three assists.
Phoebe Hankins ’17 scored one goal and assisted on six others as Vassar defeated Bard College, 18-11, on Apr. 1 on the Bard campus in Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y. Emily Hamburger ’19 scored four goals.
Sam Houston-Read ’17 scored three goals and assisted on two others in Vassar’s 17-13 loss to Union College on Apr. 30 in Schenectady, N.Y. The Brewers finished the season with an 8-8 record, 3-4 in the Liberty League.
Noah Parson ’16 celebrated his final game at the Weinberg Turf Field with three goals and an assist as Vassar defeated Bard College, 12-4, on Apr. 27. Houston-Read added two goals and two assists.
Parson scored the 35th and 36th goals of the season, eclipsing his own season record, but Vassar fell to Rochester Institute of Technology, 21-8, on Apr. 23 at the Weinberg Turf Field. James Thomas ’19 had two goals and two assists.
Thomas scored three goals and assisted on three others, but Vassar fell to Williams College, 14-10, on Apr. 20 in Williamstown, Mass. Parson scored four goals.
Liam Moriarty ’17 scored a goal and assisted on two others in Vassar’s 14-5 loss to St. Lawrence University on Apr. 16 on the St. Lawrence campus in Canton, N.Y. Houston-Read added a goal and an assist.
Thomas notched the third hat trick of his career as Vassar defeated Farmingdale State College, 12-8, on Apr. 13 on the Farmingdale campus. Moriarty added two goals and assisted on four others.
Parson scored four goals, including the game-winner with 1:11 remaining, as Vassar edged Clarkson University, 10-9, on Apr. 9 on the Vassar campus. Thomas and Brandon DeStasio ’17 each scored twice.
Parson and Houston-Read each scored four goals and added three assists in Vassar’s 15-6 win over Drew University on Apr. 5 on the Vassar campus. Goalkeeper Matthew Boyd ’19 made 11 saves.
The Brewers fell to Liberty League rival Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), 17-5, on Apr. 2 on the RPI campus in Troy, N.Y. Moriarty scored a goal and added two assists.
Vassar (17-18, 11-9 Liberty League) dropped a doubleheader to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute on May 1 at the Prentiss Baseball Field, losing by scores of 10-1 and 6-0. Matt Hernandez ’18 knocked in Vassar’s only run with a sacrifice fly.
The Brewers split a doubleheader with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute on Apr. 30, winning the second game, 5-1, after losing the first, 4-0, in Troy, N.Y. Joe Conti ’19 allowed one run in six innings in the 5-1 win. Cory Wuenschell ’16 and Denis Shanagher ’17 each had a single and a double.
Jesse Mulham ’19 and John Madsen ’18 combined on a two-hitter, and Hernandez and Eric Strickland ’18 had three hits apiece, as Vassar defeated Mount Saint Mary College, 11-1, on Apr. 27 at the Prentiss Baseball Field. Mike Koscielniak ’17 opened the bottom of the first inning with a double and scored the first run of the game.
Vassar swept a pair of doubleheaders against Rochester Institute of Technology on Apr. 23 and 24 at the Prentiss Baseball Field. The Brewers won the first two games by scores of 9-1 and 9-8 and posted 2-0 and 6-5 victories the following afternoon. Adam Erkis ’17 and Robert Winkelmann ’17 combined on a five-hit shutout in the first game on Apr. 24. Strickland’s sacrifice fly in the seventh inning snapped a 5-5 tie in the second game.
On Apr. 23, Jonathan Hong ’16 went the distance to record the victory in the opener. Vassar rallied from an 8-0 deficit in the second game. Nick Johnson ’16 tied the game in the bottom of the ninth with a two-run double, and Matt Schwartz ’19 won it with an RBI single.
After being shut out, 1-0, in the first game of a doubleheader, Vassar posted a 17-5 victory over Western Connecticut State University on Apr. 17 at the Prentiss Baseball Field. Erkis was the hard-luck loser in the first game, giving up a run on four hits. In the second game, Bobby Kinne’s ’18 two-run single snapped a 4-4 tie in the third inning. Vassar cruised to a 17-5 victory. Kinne had three hits and two RBIs. Johnson had two singles, two doubles, and 4 RBIs.
Stevens Institute of Technology defeated Vassar, 11-3, on Apr. 16 at the Prentiss Baseball Field. Koscielniak, Johnson, and Shanagher knocked in Vassar’s runs.
SUNY Old Westbury broke open a close game with five runs in the eighth inning and went on to defeat Vassar, 10-3, on Apr. 11 at the Prentiss Baseball Field. Shanagher and Wuenschell each knocked in a run with a sacrifice fly.
Vassar split a doubleheader with Clarkson University on Apr. 10, then lost a pair to Clarkson the next day. All four games were played at the Prentiss Baseball Field. Koscielniak had four hits in a 9-7 win on Apr. 10. Vassar dropped the opener, 9-2. Johnson scored Vassar’s only run in the losses to Clarkson on Apr. 11, as the Brewers fell by scores of 7-0 and 7-1. Johnson doubled in the fourth inning of the second game and later scored on an error.
The Brewers split a doubleheader with Liberty League rival Skidmore College on Apr. 2 at the Prentiss Baseball Field. Vassar lost the first game, 2-0, but won the second, 6-5, in 11 innings. Koscielniak scored the winning run on a Skidmore error. Chris Lee ’18 had two hits and two RBIs. Brooks English ’16 sent the game into extra innings with an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth.
Vassar posted a pair of 6-4 victories over Skidmore College on Apr. 1 on the Skidmore campus in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Hernandez put Vassar ahead for good with a three-run home run in the first game. The Brewers overcame a three-run deficit in the second game, scoring six runs in the sixth. Johnson slammed a two-run double, his fourth hit of the game, to put Vassar on top.
Molly Crowell ’17 was the top Division III finisher in the 200-meter dash on May 1 at the Yale Springtime Invitational in New Haven, Conn. Crowell finished fourth overall with a time of 27.26. Holly Payne ’19 posted a personal-best 5:12.95 in the 1,500-meter run, best among Division III runners.
Mollie Schear ’16 posted a personal best time of 13.09 to finish third in the 100-meter dash, leading Vassar to a fourth-place finish at the Liberty League championships on Apr. 23 in Canton, N.Y. Ava Farrell ’16 was fourth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and fifth in the 5,000-meter run.
Lucy Balcezak ’17 chalked up a personal-best 4:46.60 in the 1,500-meter run on Apr. 15 at the Silfen Invitational at Connecticut College in New London, Conn. Farrell set a new personal mark in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 11:36.33. Christiana Prater-Lee ’19 posted an ECAC qualifying time of 18:21 in the 5,000-meter run. In events at the meet on Apr. 16, Sarah DeBenedictis ’19 broke the school record in the high jump, clearing 1.43 meters. Alex Gittens ’17 was fourth in the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:00.41.
Gittens won the 800-meter run on Apr. 9 at the Stockton University Osprey Open in Galloway Township, N.J. Gittens finished in 2:26.69. Eliana Tyler ’18 was fourth in the 400-meter run with a time of 1:04.05. Elise Matera ’19 was second in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 5:05.93.
Balcezak finished 19th overall in the 800-meter run on Apr. 8 at the Sam Howell Invitational at Princeton University. Farrell posted a personal best time of 4:58.34 in the 1,500-meter run.
Annelise Depman ’19 set a school record in the long jump with a leap of 5.05 meters at the Ramapo College Roadrunner Invitational on Apr. 2 in Mahwah, N.J. Depman finished third in the event. She was fourth in the triple jump. DeBenedictis set a school mark in the high jump, clearing the bar at 1.38 meters.
Elijah Winston ’17 finished sixth in the 400-meter run on May 1 at the Yale Springtime Invitational in New Haven, Conn. Taylor Vann ’16 was second in the 110-meter hurdles and 11th in the 200-meter dash.
Vann and Gabe Fishman ’16 posted victories to lead Vassar to a fourth-place finish at the Liberty League championships on Apr. 23 in Canton, N.Y. Vann won the 100-meter high hurdles, and Fishman won the 800-meter run by more than three seconds, finishing in 1:55.36.
Vann broke the school record in the decathlon by more than 500 points, posting a 6,598 at the Silfen Invitational on Apr. 15 and 16 at Connecticut College in New London, Conn. The performance placed him at the top of the national rankings, with a probable appearance at the NCAA national championships in May.
Michael Scarlett ’18 set a school record in the 5,000-meter run at the Sam Howell Invitational in Princeton, N.J., on Apr. 8. Scarlett posted a time of 15:07.65, eclipsing the old mark by more than two seconds.
Dylan Manning ’16 finished second in the 400-meter dash on Apr. 10 at the Stockton University Osprey Open in Galloway Township, N.J. Manning posted a time of 51.46. Ry Blume ’19 was fifth in the 1,500-meter run with a 4:22.44.
Vassar’s 4x800-meter relay team finished second in 8:01.51 at the Ramapo College Roadrunner Invitational on Apr. 2 in Mahwah, N.J. Members of the team were Blume, Luke Arsenault ’19, Scarlett, and Jared Freedman ’18. Morrie Lam ’16 finished ninth in the triple jump and was part of the 4x100-meter relay team that finished fourth. Other members of the team were Kyle Estrada ’18, Peter Winkeller ’16, and Manning.
Vassar (13-7, 6-1 Liberty League) defeated Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 6-3, on Apr. 30 in Troy, N.Y. Kate Christensen ’18 posted a victory in No. 1 singles and combined with Lauren Stauffer ’16 to win the No. 1 doubles match.
Morgane Flournoy ’19 won her singles and doubles matches, leading Vassar to a 5-4 victory over William Smith College on Apr. 23 at the Joss Tennis Courts.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology defeated Vassar, 9-0, on Apr. 16 at the Joss Tennis Courts. Morgan Fitzgerald ’18 and Stauffer lost their doubles match, 9-7, and Flournoy and Kelsey Van Noy ’16 were defeated, 8-6.
Vassar dropped only two matches and captured the Seven Sisters Championships on Apr. 9 and 10 at the Joss Tennis Courts. The Brewers defeated Bryn Mawr College and Smith College by 5-0 scores and posted 4-1 victories over Mount Holyoke College and Wellesley College.
Hanna McGuire ’17 and Shayna Becker ’17 beat Skidmore College’s All-American doubles team, 8-4, to propel Vassar to a 5-4 victory on Apr. 2 at the Joss Tennis Courts. Flournoy and Van Noy also won their doubles match. Becker, Flournoy, and Fitzgerald won their singles matches.
Dan Cooper ’16 capped a stellar collegiate career with a 6-3, 6-0 win in No. 2 singles, but Vassar (8-14, 4-3 Liberty League) fell to Hobart College, 5-4, on Apr. 30 at the Joss Tennis Courts. Nick Litsky ’17 and Jamie Anderson ’19 also posted singles wins.
Litsky, Cooper, and Juan Felipe Laso ’17 all won their doubles and singles matches as Vassar defeated St. Lawrence University, 7-2, on the St. Lawrence campus in Canton, N.Y. on Apr. 23.
Laso and Anderson won their singles matches, but Vassar lost to the College of New Jersey, 6-3, on Apr. 20 at the Joss Tennis Courts. Cooper and Gray Thurstone ’18 were the lone Brewers winners in doubles.
Laso won his singles and doubles matches, but Vassar lost to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), 5-4, on Apr. 16 on the RPI campus in Troy, N.Y. Anderson and Nick Lee ’19 also won their singles matches.
Cooper won his No. 1 singles match, but Vassar was defeated by Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 8-1, on Apr. 8 in Cambridge, Mass. Cooper won in three sets, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4.
The Brewers defeated Emerson College, 8-1, but lost to Brandeis University, 9-0, on Apr. 9 in Boston, Mass. Laso and Thurstone each won their singles and doubles matches against Emerson.
Laso and Evan Udine ’16 each posted wins in both singles and doubles as Vassar defeated Yeshiva University, 7-2, on Apr. 3 at the Joss Tennis Courts.
Annie Hsu ’18 finished with a 36-hole total of 174 to lead Vassar to a fourth-place finish at the Liberty League championships on Apr. 23 at the Orchards Golf Club in South Hadley, Mass. Hsu finished tied for 12th overall. Angela Mentel ’16 was a stroke behind and finished 14th.
Mentel shot a season-best 79 to lead Vassar to a sixth-place finish at the Jack Leaman Invitational on Apr. 16 and 17 at the Orchards Golf Club in South Hadley, Mass. Mentel finished eighth overall with a two-day score of 164.
Kristin Diep ’18 shot a final-round 77 to lead Vassar to a sixth-place finish in a 12-team field at the Vassar Invitational at Casperkill Golf Club in Poughkeepsie held Apr. 9-10. Diep finished eighth overall. Team captain Mentel was 20th.
The Brewers finished the season with an 8-4 record, defeating Westfield (Mass.) State University, 40-29, on Apr. 30 at Vassar Farm.
Vassar advanced to the finals of the Tri-State Conference Men’s 7s Championship before losing to crosstown rival Marist College, 24-14, on Apr. 24 at Vassar Farm. Earlier in the day, the Brewers defeated Hofstra University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Union College, and William Paterson University.
Vassar posted a 31-5 victory over the College of the Holy Cross but lost to Salve Regina University, 37-0, and Molloy College, 28-7, at the Beast of the East tournament on Apr. 16 and 17 in Portsmouth, R.I. John Loree ’16 scored three tries in the win over Holy Cross. Stephen Kpundeh ’19 kicked two conversions.
Joe Simon ’18 and John Winton ’16 each scored two tries as Vassar overpowered Ithaca College, 44-5, on Apr. 2 at Vassar Farm.
Vassar (18-4) finished seventh in a 12-team field at the American Collegiate Rugby Association 7s Championships on Apr. 30 and May 1 at the United States Military Academy in West Point, N.Y. The Brewers defeated East Stroudsburg University, 29-5, the United States Coast Guard Academy, 27-0, and Drexel University, 14-12, on Apr. 30. But Vassar lost to Rutgers University, 17-7, in the opening match of the championship round on May 1. The Brewers later lost to Army, 12-5, and defeated East Stroudsburg, 15-0. Darienne Jones ’16, Nathalie Freeman ’17, and Mary Margaret McElduff ’17 scored tries in the win over East Stroudsburg.
Vassar captured the Tri-State Conference Women’s 7s Championship on Apr. 23 with a 17-5 victory over Stony Brook University at Vassar Farm. Rachel Elson ’19, Rachel Jones ’18, and Freeman each scored tries. Earlier in the tournament, the Brewers defeated the University at Albany, Rutgers University, and Fordham University. Vassar also tied Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and lost to the University at Albany during the qualifying rounds.
Vassar won all five matches at the Beast of the East tournament on Apr. 16 and 17 in Portsmouth, R.I. The Brewers defeated Southern Connecticut State University, 39-5, shut out Amherst College, 51-0, blanked Springfield College, 29-0, shut out Buffalo State College, 25-0, and defeated the University at Albany, 26-15. Jones scored a total of nine tries, and Cierra Thomas ’16 scored five. Seven other players scored at least two tries.
Thomas had a pair of tries, and Anne Fritzson ’16 and Kayla Lightner ’18 each scored once, but Vassar fell to the University of Connecticut, 35-22, on Apr. 9 on the UConn campus in Storrs, Conn.
Jyen Wong ’17 and Alicia Menard-Livingston ’18 each scored twice as Vassar rolled over Fordham University, 46-5, on Apr. 2 at Vassar Farm.
Vassar’s collegiate varsity 4+ boat defeated boats from SUNY Oswego and the University of Rochester at the New York State Collegiate Rowing Championships on Apr. 30 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Members of the team were Andrew Wang ’17, Sam Chiou ’18, Jake Brekelbaum ’17, Aron Sulovari ’18, and coxswain Janet Ortiz ’18.
Vassar’s novice 8 defeated the University at Albany on Apr. 16 on the Hudson River in Albany, N.Y. The varsity 4 finished just six seconds behind Skidmore College’s winning boat.
The varsity 8+ boat finished 11th overall on Apr. 30 at the New York State Collegiate Rowing Championships in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. The boat finished ahead of New York University, SUNY Geneseo, and SUNY Oswego. Members of the team were Julia Blass ’19, Elena Riecke ’16, Setse Bush ’19, Lauren Osojnak ’19, Quinn Cummings ’18, Amanda Su ’19, Lianne May ’17, Haley Kardek ’19, and coxswain Maya Gunfield ’16.
Vassar’s varsity 8+ defeated the University at Albany but lost to Skidmore College on Apr. 16 on the Hudson River in Albany, N.Y. The varsity 4+ boat also finished second, ahead of Albany and behind Skidmore.