Elizabethtown (PA) College defeated Vassar (14–4–2) in overtime, 1–0, on Nov. 12 in the first round of the NCAA Division III playoffs on the Newark (NJ) campus of Rutgers University. The Brewers outshot their opponents, 16–8, but Elizabethtown scored the only goal of the game five minutes into the first overtime session. Vassar’s 14 victories matched the team’s all-time high, set in 1994.
Vassar won the Liberty League championship on Nov. 5, defeating Skidmore College, 3–2, at Gordon Field. Alex Gonzales ’18 scored the winning goal on a penalty kick with three seconds left in regulation time. Tyler Gilmore ’19 and Tanner Sands ’18 also scored for the Brewers.
Mattie Mrlik ’20 scored three goals in a 25-minute span in the first half, and Vassar went on to defeat Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 3–1, in the semifinals of the Liberty League playoffs on Nov. 2 at Gordon Field. Hayden Van Brewer ’18 assisted on the first goal, goalkeeper Adam Warner ’17 launched a long pass to Mrlik for the second goal, and Jose Novas ’18 took a pass from Stephen Jennings ’17 and fed Mrlik in the box for the third.
Vassar’s season ended on Nov. 1 at Gordon Field with a 1–0 loss to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in the Liberty League semifinals. The Brewers finished the season with a record of 9–8–1, including 6–3 in league play. Vassar outshot RPI, 15–9, but the Engineers scored the only goal midway through the second half. Goalkeeper Stephanie Tapolsky ’17 had four saves.
Jesse Browne ’18 scored a game-high 26 points to lead Vassar (4–2) to an 85–82 victory over Waynesburg University on Nov. 27 in the consolation round of the University of Rochester Thanksgiving Tournament in Rochester, NY. Mason Dyslin ’19 had 21 points and a team-high eight rebounds.
A late surge fell short as Vassar lost to Elmira College, 76–67, on Nov. 26 in the opening round of the University of Rochester Thanksgiving Tournament. Dyslin scored 16 points, and Alex Seff ’19 added 14.
Browne scored 22 points, but Vassar lost its first game of the season, 92–84, to SUNY Maritime College on Nov. 22 at the Athletics and Fitness Center. Owen Murray ’20 had 10 rebounds and nine assists.
Five players scored in double figures as Vassar defeated Lehman College, 69–65, in the finals of the Vassar Tip-Off Tournament on Nov. 19 at the Athletics and Fitness Center. Browne led all Brewers scorers with 19 points. Murray and Dyslin had 11, and Mickey Adams ’17 and Seff each scored 10.
Browne and Seff each scored 20 points in Vassar’s 88–72 victory over Keuka College on Nov. 18 in the opening round of the Tip-Off Tournament at the Athletics and Fitness Center.
Seff scored 34 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, propelling Vassar to a 71–65 win over SUNY New Paltz on Nov. 15 at the Athletics and Fitness Center.
Vassar (3–3) used balanced scoring and a stifling defense to defeat Drew University, 67–48, on Nov. 30 at the Athletics and Fitness Center. Ariella Rosenthal ’17 led all scorers with 20 points. Isa Peczuh ’20 scored 14, connecting on four of six shots from behind the three-point arc. Samarah Cook ’18 had 13 points, and Sophie Nick ’20 scored 10 points and pulled down nine rebounds. Vassar shot 49 percent from the field while holding Drew to 29.6 percent.
Rosenthal scored 20 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, but William Paterson University defeated Vassar, 64–62, on Nov. 28 at the Athletics and Fitness Center.
Vassar connected on only 29 percent of its shots from the floor in a 67–53 loss to Mount Saint Mary College on Nov. 22 on the Mount Saint Mary campus in Newburgh, NY. Rosenthal led all Brewers scorers with 16 points. Cook had 13 points and five assists.
Nicole Teta ’19 scored 23 points as Vassar cruised to a 75–43 win over D’Youville College on Nov. 19 in the finals of the Brockport Tip-Off Tournament in Brockport, NY. Rosenthal added 14 points, and Nick had a game-high 15 rebounds.
Nick scored 16 points and pulled down 13 rebounds to propel Vassar to a 90–63 win over Morrisville State College on Nov. 18 at the Brockport Tip-Off Tournament. Teta scored 11 points, and Maeve Sussman ’19 added 10 points and five assists.
Nick began her Vassar career by scoring a team-high 18 points and grabbing seven rebounds, but Vassar fell to SUNY New Paltz, 74–71 on November 15, at the Athletics and Fitness Center. Cook had 14 points and five assists.
Women’s Field Hockey
Skidmore College defender Kayla Rose scored a pair of goals, propelling the Thoroughbreds to a 3–1 victory over Vassar in the Liberty League semifinals on Nov. 2 at the Weinberg Turf Field. Sam Plante ’20 scored Vassar’s only goal on a tip-in of a shot from Megan Caveny ’19. The Brewers finished the season with a record of 14–4, including 5–3 in the Liberty League.
Vassar (21–10) ended its season losing the Liberty League championship game to Clarkson University, 3–1, on Nov. 5 at Kenyon Hall. The Brewers reached the finals by defeating Rochester Institute of Technology, 3–2, on Nov. 4. Gabby Miller ’17 capped her Vassar career with 12 kills and 13 digs, earning a spot on the Liberty League All-Tournament Team. Devan Gallagher ’19 was also named to the All-Tournament Team, adding 15 kills and nine digs in the match against Clarkson.
Men’s Cross Country
Seven Vassar runners set personal bests as the Brewers finished 10th in a field of 44 teams on Nov. 12 at the NCAA Regionals in Glassboro, NJ. Michael Scarlett ’19 topped all Brewers runners with a 44th-place finish in a field of 303. Adin Becker ’20 was the top freshman in the race, finishing 49th. Philip Brown ’19 was 65th.
Jared Freedman ’18 was Vassar’s top performer at the Eastern College Athletic Conference Championships on Nov. 5 in Milton, NY. Freedman covered the eight-kilometer course in 28:41.9, good for 24th place. The Brewers finished eighth in a field of 17 teams. Alex Dennis ’20 was 33rd overall, and Jake Kobrin ’19 was 36th.
Women’s Cross Country
Lucy Balcezak ’17 capped her Vassar career with a personal-best 22:23.9 for six kilometers at the NCAA Regionals on Nov. 12 at Glassboro (NJ) State College. Vassar finished 13th in a field of 43 teams. Balcezak was 48th in a field of 304 runners. Laura MacDonald ’17 was 68th, and Christiana Prater-Lee ’19 was 69th.
Vassar finished second in a field of 14 teams at the Eastern College Athletic Conference Championships on Nov. 5 in Milton, NY. Alex Gittens ’17 finished ninth in a field of 100 runners. Savannah Wiman ’18 was 14th.
Jonah Strand ’18 finished second in the 200-yard individual medley and the 100-yard breaststroke at the United States Merchant Marine Academy Memorial Invitational on Nov. 19 in Kings Point, NY.
Strand won the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke events, and Anthony Walker ’17 was first in the 200-yard butterfly, but Vassar fell to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 188–105, on Nov. 12 at Kresge Pool.
Jordan Kalina ’20 won the 500- and 1,000-yard freestyle as Vassar defeated Skidmore College, 170–122, on Nov. 5 at Walker Field House. Walker was first in the 200-yard free, and Lukas Harries ’19 and Matthew Imiolek ’20 were first and second, respectively, in the 50-yard free.
Sammy Stone ’19 won the 500-yard freestyle and helped the 200-yard medley relay squad to a second-place finish at the United States Merchant Marine Academy Memorial on Nov. 19 in Kings Point, NY. Julia Cunningham ’17 won the 200-yard individual medley and the 200-yard butterfly.
Cunningham edged perennial rival Shanny Lin in the 100-yard butterfly, but Lin’s Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute squad defeated Vassar, 183–105, on Nov. 12 at Kresge Pool. Cunningham also won the 200-yard butterfly and the 200-yard individual medley, and she was a member of the winning 400-yard medley relay team. Other 400-yard individual medley swimmers were Stone, Kael Ragnini ’19, and Meg Harrington ’19.
Cunningham won four events as Vassar defeated Skidmore College, 159–125, on Nov. 5 at Walker Field House. Cunningham breezed to victory in her specialty, the 200-yard butterfly, and won the 200-yard breaststroke and 200-yard individual medley. She was also a member of the winning 200-yard medley relay team.
Vincent Mencotti ’17 won both of his matches at No. 1, but Vassar fell to Connecticut College and Haverford College by 8–1 scores on Nov. 19 at Kenyon Hall.
Vassar defeated Lafayette College and Swarthmore College on Nov. 12 on the campus of Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY. Mencotti, playing at No. 1, sparked the 7–2 win over Lafayette by winning three straight games. No. 2 Viraj Nadkarni ’20 was victorious in both of his matches, defeating his Lafayette opponent in straight sets and keying the 6–3 victory over Swarthmore with another straight-set win.
Vassar opened the season with a pair of 7–2 wins over Siena College and Fordham University on Nov. 5 at Kenyon Hall. Mencotti won his No. 1 match against Siena before falling to his Fordham opponent. Nadkarni, playing at No. 2, won both of his matches.
Vassar defeated Connecticut College, 7–2, and Haverford College, 6–3, on Nov. 19 at Kenyon Hall. Isabelle Bertram ’17, playing at No. 3, surrendered only 11 points in her straight-set win against Connecticut. Hannah Nice ’18 and Bertram both posted convincing wins over Haverford.
Vassar fell to William Smith College, 9–0, but bounced back with a 9–0 victory over Colgate University on Nov. 12 on the Colgate campus in Hamilton, NY. Cherylann Mucciolo ’18 surrendered only nine points in a straight-set win against Hallie Burke of Colgate. Nice lost in five sets to William Smith’s Gabrielle Fraser but bounced back with a straight-set victory over Freesia Ferrantino of Colgate.
Nice won both No. 1 matches as Vassar defeated Siena College, 8–1, and Mount Holyoke College, 9–0, on Nov. 5 at Kenyon Hall.
The Brewers won 139 of 162 matches in victories over Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Drew University, Rochester Institute of Technology A and B squads, the University of Florida, and the Vassar B squad on Nov. 20 at the Matt Lampell Hudson River Invitational at Walker Field House. Eli Polston ’18 won 14 of 15 matches in sabre competition. Noe Berger ’20 was 18–0 and Jack Holmes ’20 was 17–1 in foil, and Jonathan Alperstein ’18 was 15–0 in épée.
The Brewers won all eight matches on Nov. 13 at the Vassar Invitational at Walker Field House. Vassar knocked off Yeshiva University, 20–7; Hunter College, 21–6; Stevens Institute of Technology, 17–10; Haverford College, 16–11; Lafayette College, 20–7; the United States Military Academy, 25–2; the University of the Incarnate Word, 19–8; and Drew University, 21–6. Graeme Mills ’20 finished the day with a 17–3 record in sabre, and Tom Racek ’18 was 17–2 in foil. Holmes was 16–1 in foil, and Polston was 15–5. Alperstein was 16–4 in épée.
Vassar’s foil and épée squads each placed four competitors in the top 15 at The Big One on Nov. 5 at Smith College in Northampton, MA. Alperstein was fifth overall in épée. Berger was fifth in foil, and Ethan Levine ’20 topped all Vassar competitors in sabre with a 14th-place finish.
Vassar topped all seven opponents at the Matt Lampell Hudson River Invitational on Nov. 20 at Walker Field House. The Brewers chalked up 148 wins in 189 matches against the City University of New York, Long Island University–C.W. Post A and B squads, the United States Military Academy, The College of New Jersey, the University of Florida, and Drew University. Stephanie Gull ’20 won 18 bouts in sabre. Elsa Stoff ’17 was 19–2 in foil, and Rose Hulsey-Vincent ’19 was 18–3 in épée.
Olivia Weiss ’17 finished with a 16–5 record in épée as Vassar won four of seven matches on Nov. 13 at Walker Field House. Stoff paced the foil team with a 12–4 mark. Vassar defeated Haverford College, 15–12; Queens College, 20–7; Long Island University–C.W. Post, 24–3; and the University of the Incarnate Word, 17–10. The Brewers lost to Cornell University, 21–6; Dickinson College, 14–13; and Northwestern University, 24–3.
Hulsey-Vincent won a bronze medal in épée competition at The Big One tournament at Smith College in Northampton, MA, on Nov. 5. Mirit Rutishauser ’19 led the foil squad with an 11th-place finish, and Gull was 10th overall in sabre.
Vassar finished its season with a 6–2 record, falling to SUNY New Paltz, 55–13, on Nov. 6 in the Tri-State Conference championship game. Dawkin Erceg ’20 and John Kennish ’19 scored tries for the Brewers.
Laila Blumenthal-Rothchild ’17 scored a pair of tries to help Vassar advance to the USA Rugby Fall Championships Final Four with a 34–5 victory over the University at Albany on Nov. 20 at Vassar Farm. Mariah Ghant ’17, Rachel Elson ’19, Nathalie Freeman ’17, and Kate Sworden ’19 also scored for the Brewers.
Vassar defeated the University of Vermont, 69–0, on Nov. 19 in the Round of 16 of the USA Rugby Fall Championships at Vassar Farm. Freeman and Blumenthal-Rothchild each scored three tries.
A strong second half propelled Vassar to a 72–12 victory over SUNY Geneseo on Nov. 13 in the Round of 32 of the USA Rugby Fall Championships. The Brewers led 27–12 at halftime and scored 45 straight points in the second half. Elson had four tries, and Freeman and Blumenthal-Rothchild each added two. Mary Margaret McElduff ’17 kicked six conversions.
Elson and Blumenthal-Rothchild each scored a pair of tries in Vassar’s 46–10 victory over the University at Albany on Nov. 6 in the Tri-State Conference championship game.