Vassar (12–3–2 overall, 5–2–1 Liberty League) clinched second place in the Liberty League with a 2–0 win over Bard College on Oct. 29 on the Bard campus in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY. Midfielder Toby Stansell ’19 opened the scoring with a header on a cross from Alex Gonzales ’18. Mattie Mrlik ’20 scored an insurance goal late in the second half.
Tanner Sands ’18 buried a penalty kick in the top right corner with nine minutes to play and Vassar went on to defeat Union College, 2–1, on Oct. 26 at Gordon Field. Gonzales opened the scoring for the Brewers from short range after taking a header from Tyler Gilmore ’19.
Gilmore scored the game-winner and Mrlik added a pair of insurance goals as Vassar blanked the University of Rochester, ranked 12th in the country, on Oct. 22 at Gordon Field.
Hobart College scored on a penalty kick in overtime to defeat Vassar, 3–2, on Oct. 15 at Gordon Field. Jose Novas ’19 tied the game in the 58th minute, scoring on a rebound of a shot by Gilmore. Gonzales also scored for Vassar.
Gonzales scored the only goal of the game as Vassar topped Rochester Institute of Technology, 1–0, on Oct. 14 at Gordon Field. Gonzales took a pass from Mrlik, faked a defender, and chipped the ball into the net.
Gonzales scored a pair of goals and Stephen Jennings ’17 notched his first of the year as Vassar edged Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 3–2, on Oct. 8 at Gordon Field. Gonzales converted a pass from Hayden Van Brewer ’18 just two minutes into the game.
Vassar outshot 11th-ranked St. Lawrence University, 18–16, but St. Lawrence scored the only goal on Oct. 1 on the winners’ field in Canton, NY.
Novas scored the tying goal midway through the second half and Gilmore scored the game-winner as Vassar defeated Clarkson University, 2–1, on Sept. 30 on the Clarkson campus in Potsdam, NY.
Audrey Pillsbury ’19 and Rebecca Andrews ’19 each scored, but Vassar (9–7–1, 6–2 Liberty League) lost to Union College, 3–2, on Oct. 29 on the Union campus in Schenectady, NY.
Savannah Cutler ’20 scored the game-winning goal and assisted on another as Vassar defeated Bard College, 3–0, on Oct. 25 at Gordon Field. The victory propelled the Brewers into a second-place finish in the Liberty League standings. Goalkeeper Stephanie Tapolsky ’17 registered her third shutout of the season. Vassar set a school record with its sixth conference win of the year.
Pillsbury scored the first goal of the game and assisted on the second, propelling Vassar to a 4–0 victory over Ramapo (NJ) College on Oct. 20 at Gordon Field.
The Brewers lost to William Smith College, the top-ranked NCAA Division III team in the country, 4–0, on Oct. 15 on the William Smith campus in Geneva, NY. Tapolsky had 11 saves and kept the Herons off the scoreboard until the 36th minute.
Vassar set a school record with its fifth straight Liberty League win on Oct. 14, defeating Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), 1–0, on the RIT campus. Andrews scored the only goal of the game early in the second half.
Amanda McFarland ’18 scored the game-winner a minute into overtime as Vassar edged Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), 2–1, on Oct. 8 on the RPI campus in Troy, NY. Andrews tied the game on a penalty kick early in the second half.
Gabrielle Deitch ’20 scored two goals in a four-minute span in the second half, propelling Vassar to a 4–1 victory over Mount Saint Mary College on Oct. 5 at Gordon Field. Emily Krebs ’17 and Rory Chipman ’17 also scored for the Brewers.
Chipman opened the scoring and three other Brewers found the back of the net as Vassar blanked St. Lawrence University, 4–0, on Oct. 1 at Gordon Field. Andrews, Kelsey Hamm ’17, and Jordan Moss ’20 also scored.
Women’s Field Hockey
The Brewers (14–3, 4–2 Liberty League) set a school record for wins, defeating SUNY New Paltz, 3–2, on Oct. 29 on the New Paltz campus. Vassar overcame a 2–0 deficit with two goals by Cristina Lopez ’20 and another by Hayley Beach ’17.
Megan Caveny ’19 scored her team-leading ninth goal of the season in Vassar’s 2–0 victory over the University of Scranton (PA) on Oct. 26 in Scranton. Beach added an insurance goal in the second half.
The Brewers were shut out for the first time in the season on Oct. 22, a 1–0 loss to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute on the Engineers’ field in Troy, NY. Goalkeeper Paige Amico ’19 had four saves.
Haley Cubell ’19 scored twice in the first 27 minutes and Vassar went on to defeat Union College, 6–0, on Oct. 20 at the Weinberg Turf Field. Storm Sideleau ’18 had a goal and two assists.
Vassar edged Skidmore College, 2–1, on Oct. 15 at the Weinberg Turf Field. Emily Poehlein ’19 scored the tiebreaker midway through the second half on an assist from Sideleau. Skidmore was ranked 11th in the nation.
Caveny scored two goals, the second one in overtime, as Vassar defeated ninth-ranked University of Rochester, 2–1, on Oct. 8 at the Weinberg Turf Field. Caveny tied the game on a penalty stroke, then one-timed a pass out of midair from Sam Plante ’20 for the game-winner.
A late Vassar rally fell just short as the Brewers lost to 12th-ranked William Smith College, 3–2, on Oct. 1 in Geneva, NY. William Smith scored a pair of goals in the first half before Sideleau cut the lead in half. William Smith added a third goal before Alyssa More ’19 scored with two minutes to play.
Vassar (20–9, 9–3 Liberty League) tuned up for the Liberty League championship tournament by defeating Ramapo (NJ) College in four sets on Oct. 29 at Kenyon Hall. The victory was the 500th for Coach Jonathan Penn. Gabby Miller ’17 posted six service aces in the first game of the match. Annie MacMillan ’19 had 41 assists.
Vassar won each of the final two sets by two points, earning a three-set victory over SUNY New Paltz on Oct. 26 on the New Paltz campus. MacMillan had 33 assists, two service aces, six digs, and five kills.
Vassar clinched the Liberty League regular season title with a win over Clarkson University on Oct. 22, then dropped a five-set match to Skidmore College on the Skidmore campus in Saratoga Springs, NY. The Brewers fended off four match points in the final set against Clarkson before closing out the match on a kill from Jane McLeod ’20. Devan Gallagher ’19 posted 26 kills, and Miller had 10 kills, 12 digs, and three assisted blocks. Bria Corham ’18 had 11 kills, 13 digs, and four service aces in the match against Skidmore.
Vassar split a pair of Liberty League matches at Union College in Schenectady, NY, on Oct. 21, losing to Union in five sets and defeating St. Lawrence University in four. McLeod led all Vassar hitters with 15 kills against Union, while MacMillan had 42 assists, 12 digs, and six kills. In the win over St. Lawrence, Gallagher had 15 kills, and Sierra Tobin ’17 had 13 digs.
The Brewers defeated The Sage Colleges in straight sets on Oct. 13 at Kenyon Hall. Gallagher had 14 kills, and MacMillan had five service aces and 34 assists.
Vassar dropped the first set but won the next three to defeat Wellesley College on Oct. 8 on the Wellesley, MA, campus. Gallagher had 17 kills, and McLeod added 15 kills and 16 digs.
Vassar lost a tight match to Stevens Institute of Technology on Oct. 7 in Hoboken, NJ. The Brewers won the first set and lost the next two before tying the match with a 25–23 victory in the fourth set. But Stevens won the tiebreaker, 15–11. MacMillan posted her third double-double of the season with 47 assists and 12 digs. Miller had 10 kills, four service aces, and nine digs.
The Brewers defeated John Jay College and Rutgers University-Camden in straight sets on Oct. 1 at Kenyon Hall. Corham paced the Vassar attack against John Jay with seven kills. Gallagher had nine kills in the win over Rutgers, and Miller added eight.
Men’s Cross Country
Michael Scarlett ’18 earned a spot on the All-Liberty League first team, leading Vassar to a third-place finish in the Liberty League Championships on Oct. 29 at Hobart College in Geneva, NY. Scarlett finished seventh overall. Adin Becker ’20 finished 13th in a field of 128 runners to earn a spot on the All-Liberty League second team.
Scarlett, Becker, and Philip Brown ’18 all finished in the top 60 in a field of 383 runners as Vassar placed 13th at the prestigious Rowan University Border Clash on Oct. 15 in Glassboro, NJ. Forty-three teams competed in the event. Scarlett led all Vassar runners with a 50th-place finish. Becker was 54th, and Brown was 60th.
Vassar finished fourth in a field of 14 teams on Oct. 1 at the Saratoga Invitational in Saratoga Springs, NY. Scarlett was 16th in a field of 172 runners to pace Vassar. Becker was the top freshman in the field, finishing 19th overall. Brown was 20th.
Women’s Cross Country
Lucy Balcezak ’17 led Vassar to a fourth-place finish at the Liberty League Championships on Oct. 29 at Hobart College in Geneva, NY. Balcezak earned All-Liberty League honors with a ninth place finish in a field of 121 runners. Laura MacDonald ’17, Christiana Prater-Lee ’19, and Meghan Cook ’20 were 24th, 25th, and 26th, respectively.
Five Vassar runners finished in the top 15 as the Brewers placed second at the Seven Sisters Championships on Oct. 16 at Wellesley (MA) College. Balcezak was fifth overall. Cook, MacDonald, Erin Clark ’20, and Prater-Lee also scored for the Brewers.
Balcezak and Prater-Lee led Vassar to a fourth-place finish in a field of 13 on Oct. 1 at the Saratoga Invitational in Saratoga Springs, NY. Balcezak was 17th overall, and Prater-Lee was 19th in a field of 157 runners.
Nick Litsky ’17 reached the quarterfinals of the USTA Northeast Regionals on Oct. 2 before losing to Umberto Setter of New York University in straight sets.
Vassar defeated Bard College, 9–0, on Oct. 1 at the Joss Tennis Courts, then traveled to Schenectady later in the day and posted an 8–1 victory over Union College. In the match against Bard, Shayna Becker ’17 and Tara Edwards ’20 won their No. 1 and No. 2 singles matches, then teamed up for an 8–1 win in doubles. In the longest match of the day against Union, Edwards defeated No. 1 singles opponent Natalia Pezzuco, 2–6, 6–2, and 14–12, in the tiebreaker.
Andrea Han ’20 shot an 86–81–167, good for 15th place, to lead all Vassar participants in the New York University Invitational on Oct. 15 and 16 at Forest Hill Field Club in Bloomfield, NJ. Emily Prince ’17 posted a 174 total, tied for 26th place.
Han shot 84–82–166 to lead Vassar to an eighth-place finish in a field of 14 teams on Oct. 8 and 9 at the George Phinney Golf Classic at Middlebury (VT) College. Prince carded the Brewers’ best round of the tournament, an 81.
Han was Vassar’s top performer at the Williams College Fall Invitational on Oct. 1 and 2 in Williamstown, MA. Han shot an 85 and an 81. Qiwen Tan ’20 had the Brewers’ best round, a 79.
Trevor Kennish ’19 and Anthony Brown ’18 (no relation to Coach Tony Brown) led Vassar (6–1) to a come-from-behind victory over Monroe College, 23–20, at Vassar Farm in the semifinals of the Tri-State Conference playoffs.
Vassar dropped its first match of the season, 44–32, to SUNY New Paltz on the New Paltz campus. Kennish and Joe Simon ’18 each scored two tries.
Kennish scored three tries and Seamus Taylor ’17 added two in Vassar’s 52–22 victory over SUNY Oneonta on Oct. 9 at Vassar Farm.
Vassar eked out a 20–19 victory over SUNY Maritime College on Oct. 2 at Vassar Farm. Simon scored three tries, and Nick Olkovsky ’18 scored the eventual game-winner.
Vassar (7–1) overwhelmed Siena College, 90–0, on Oct. 29 at Vassar Farm to earn a berth in the Tri-State Conference finals. Nathalie Freeman ’17, Laila Blumenthal-Rothchild ’17, Abigail Alexander ’18, Amanda Saich ’18, and Rachel Elson ’19 each scored two tries.
Elson scored six tries and Mariah Ghant ’17 added three more as Vassar routed Fairfield University, 85–0, in the opening round of the Tri-State Conference playoffs on Oct. 23 at Vassar Farm. Mary Margaret McElduff ’17 kicked five conversions.
Ghant scored three tries and Freeman added two, but Vassar fell to West Chester (PA) University, 38–34, on Oct. 16 at Vassar Farm. Lauren Workman ’17 also scored.
Freeman scored three tries and Elson added two to pace the Brewers to a 56–7 victory over Stony Brook University on Oct. 9 at Vassar Farm.
McElduff scored a try and booted a conversion in Vassar’s 38–5 win over crosstown rival Marist College on Oct. 2 at Vassar Farm.
Team captain Anthony Walker ’17 opened his final season with a narrow victory in the 100-yard butterfly as Vassar defeated Bard College, 130–85, on Oct. 26 on the Bard campus in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY. Jonah Strand ’18 won the 100-yard breaststroke, and Jordan Kalina ’20 opened his Vassar career with a win in the 200-yard freestyle.
Kael Ragnini ’19 and Sammy Stone ’19 won the 1,000-yard freestyle and 200-yard freestyle, respectively, in a 137–67 victory over Bard College at the Bard pool. Ragnini also won the 100-yard backstroke, and All-American Julia Cunningham ’17 won the 100-yard butterfly.
The men’s varsity eight finished 12th in a field of 16 boats on Oct. 8 at the Head of the Housatonic regatta in Derby, CT. The varsity four finished ninth in a field of 16 crews.
The varsity eight finished fourth—ahead of Liberty League foes Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Union College—at the Head of the Housatonic regatta on Oct. 8 in Derby, CT. The fours finished second and third, behind the Coast Guard Academy, registering times four minutes faster than last year’s results.