Vassar (12–2) earned a third-place finish in the American Collegiate Rugby Association Division II national tournament. The Brewers lost in the semifinals to Davenport (MI) University, 47–32, on Dec. 3 and defeated the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, 15–10, on Dec. 4. The games were played on the campus of Furman University in Greenville, SC. Vassar finished the season ranked second in the nation.
Nathalie Freeman ’17 scored twice and Mary Margaret McElduff ’17 added another try in the win over Coast Guard. Vassar nearly overcame an early 19–0 deficit in the game against Davenport, narrowing the margin to 29–22 midway through the second half. Freeman, Mariah Ghant ’17, Rachel Elson ’19, Jennie To ’19, Laila Blumenthal-Rothchild ’17, and Lauren Workman ’19 scored tries.
Three Brewers scored in double figures, but Vassar (4–6, 0–2 Liberty League) fell to Union College, 89–66, on Dec. 31 in Schenectady, NY. Alex Seff ’18 led all Vassar scorers with 18 points and six rebounds. Mason Dyslin ’19 added 14 points and seven rebounds, and Jesse Browne ’18 had 11 points.
Dyslin tallied a career-high 22 points, but the Brewers dropped their Liberty League opener to Skidmore College, 76–55, on Dec. 30 on the Skidmore campus in Saratoga Springs, NY.
Undefeated Wesleyan University defeated Vassar, 77–53, on Dec. 7 on the Wesleyan campus in Middletown, CT. Seff scored 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.
Undefeated Williams College rolled over Vassar, 78–55, on Dec. 1 in Williamstown, MA. Seff and Dyslin each scored 13 points. The Brewers trailed by just five points at the half, 37–32, and pulled within a point at the start of the second half. But the Ephs responded with a 15–5 spurt, and Vassar trailed by double digits the rest of the way.
Vassar (4–7, 1–1 Liberty League) used a stifling defense to defeat Union College, 57–48, on Dec. 31 on the Union campus in Schenectady, NY. Ariella Rosenthal ’18 led all Brewers scorers with 14 points, and Sophie Nick ’20 had 10 points and 10 rebounds. The Vassar defense limited Union to 29.7 percent shooting from the field.
Skidmore College scored the final two points of the game with 10 seconds remaining, defeating Vassar, 68–66, on Dec. 30 in the Liberty League opener in Saratoga Springs, NY. Rosenthal led the Brewers with 19 points, and Nick added 15 points and 14 rebounds.
The Brewers finished their Winter Break trip with a 70–59 loss to DePauw University on Dec. 21 in Bayamón, Puerto Rico. Samarah Cook ’18 led all Vassar scorers with 16 points. Nick had five rebounds and blocked three shots.
Vassar lost to Messiah College, 56–50, on Dec. 18 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Rosenthal scored 16 points, and Cook and Nick each added 12.
Ithaca College defeated Vassar, 73–52, on Dec. 3 at the Athletics and Fitness Center. Rosenthal scored 18 points and had 11 rebounds. Nick added 10 points and nine rebounds.
Vassar finished sixth in a nine-team field at the Liberty League championships on Dec. 2 and 3 in Rochester, NY. Anthony Walker ’17 finished second in the 200-yard butterfly and helped the 200-yard medley relay team earn fourth place. Jonah Strand ’18 was third in the 100-yard breaststroke.
Sammy Stone ’19 broke the Liberty League record in the 1,650-yard freestyle, posting Vassar’s lone win in the league championships on Dec. 2 and 3 in Rochester, NY. Stone swam the race in 17:37.79, beating the next finisher by more than 16 seconds. Two-time All-American Julia Cunningham ’17 accounted for 248 of Vassar’s 576 points in the meet. Cunningham finished second in the 200-yard butterfly and the 200-yard and 400-yard individual medleys. She also helped the Brewers score points in the 200-yard and 400–yard individual medley relays.
Vassar (16–4) won two of six matches on Dec. 4 on the campus of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT. The Brewers defeated Sacred Heart and New Jersey Institute of Technology by 16–11 scores. Vassar lost to Harvard University, New York University, Princeton University, and Pennsylvania State University. Jonathan Alperstein ’18 led the épée squad, finishing the day with a team-high 12 wins. One of Alperstein’s wins was over Princeton’s Alex House, who was fifth in the 2016 NCAA Championships.
Vassar (11–9) lost six matches on Dec. 4 on the campus of Sacred Heart University. The Brewers fell to Sacred Heart, Harvard University, Princeton University, Pennsylvania State University, Temple University, and New York University. Olivia Weiss ’17 had 10 wins in épée competition, and Rose Hulsey-Vincent ’19 added seven, also in épée.
Vassar (4–4) lost to Bard College, 7–2, and Tufts University, 8–1, in a pair of matches on Dec. 4 at Kenyon Hall. Vincent Mencotti ’17 won both of his matches at No. 1, and Viraj Nadkarni ’20 defeated his Bard opponent at No. 2.
Vassar (6–2) blanked Bard College, 9–0, but lost to Tufts University, 5–4, on Dec. 4 at Kenyon Hall. Sydney Nemphos ’20 and Alessandra Pilkington ’20 each won two matches.