Vassar finished the fall season ranked second in the nation after losing in the finals of the USA Rugby Division II Championships to Winona (MN) State University, 38–36, on Dec. 3 on the campus of Furman University in Greenville, SC. Oshana Reich ’19 scored two tries, and Sarah Mawhinney ’18, Michelle Urrutia ’18, Jennie To ’19, and Amanda Saich ’18 each scored one. Makena Emery ’19 kicked three conversions.
The Brewers won their semifinal match on Dec. 2, defeating the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, 36–22. To scored two tries, and Reich, Emery, Mawhinney, and Abby Alexander ’18 each scored one.
Vassar (1–8, 0–2 Liberty League) earned its first victory of the season on Dec. 30, defeating Marymount University, 91–74, at the Holiday Inn College Park Classic in Washington, D.C. Jesse Browne ’18 tallied 23 points, surpassing the 1,000-point mark for his career. Alex Seff ’19 added 22 points, and Paul Grinde ’19 had 18 points and 12 rebounds.
The Brewers fell to the Catholic University of America, 78–65, on Dec. 29 in the opening round of the Holiday Inn College Park Classic. Browne scored 16 points, and Grinde finished with 13 points and six rebounds.
Vassar fell to Wesleyan University, the 19th-ranked team in the country, 83–68, on Dec. 6 at the Athletics and Fitness Center. Browne led the Brewers’ offense with 19 points. Grinde added 15, and Hunter Gettings ’20 chipped in with 12.
Vassar fell behind early and never caught up in an 85–73 loss to Hobart College on Dec. 2 at the Athletics and Fitness Center. Gettings and Browne scored 18 points apiece, and Grinde added 16 points and had seven rebounds.
Browne scored 20 points, but Vassar lost to Ithaca College, 78–69, on Dec. 1 at the Athletics and Fitness Center. Gettings and Seff each added 12 points.
Sophie Nick ’20 scored 25 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as Vassar (6–3, 1–1 Liberty League) defeated King’s College, 70–61, on Dec. 30 at the Fairfield Inn Holiday Tournament at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Nicole Teta ’19 added 11 points.
Nick scored 23 points in Vassar’s 72–59 loss to Marymount University on Dec. 29 in the first round of the Fairfield Inn Holiday Tournament.
Teta led the Brewers’ offense in Vassar’s 73–66 win over Liberty League rival William Smith College on Dec. 2 at the Athletics and Fitness Center. Teta nailed three three-pointers on five attempts and finished with 15 points.
The Brewers connected on just 35.8 percent of their shots in a 69–53 loss to Ithaca College on Dec. 1 at the Athletics and Fitness Center. Teta led all Vassar scorers with 11 points. Isa Peczuh ’20 added 10.
Vassar hosted some of the top teams in the country at Walker Field House on Dec. 3 and won 68 of 162 bouts. The Brewers defeated Sacred Heart University but lost to Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, Pennsylvania State University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, and New York University. Evin Heintz ’21 paced a strong sabre team to a 32–21 record, including a win over Harvard’s NCAA qualifier Erwin Cai. Eli Polston ’18 had 10 victories for the sabre squad. In épée, Jonathan Alperstein ’18 won 13 of 18 matches. Noe Berger ’20 and Adlai Brandt-Ogman ’21 each won five matches in foil.
Sabre fencer Annie Innes-Gold ’18 won 15 of 21 matches against some of the top competition in the country on Dec. 3 at Walker Field House. Vassar faced five of the top 10 teams in the country—Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, Pennsylvania State University, and Temple University—at the event. Mirit Rutishauser ’19 posted five wins in foil.
Men’s Swimming and Diving
Jonah Strand ’18 and Max White ’21 paced Vassar to a third-place finish at the Don Richards Invitational on Dec. 1 and 2 on the campus of Rochester Institute of Technology. Strand won the 100- and 200-breaststroke events and teamed with White, Harrison Taylor ’20, and Matthew Imiolek ’20 for a win in the 200-yard individual medley. White won the 200-yard backstroke and finished second in the 200-yard freestyle.
Women’s Swimming and Diving
Rhea Randhawa ’21 won the 400-yard individual medley and teamed with Hayley Schultz ’19, Ellie Kennedy-Wood ’21, and Brynn Lautenbacher ’21 for a second-place finish in the 200-yard medley relay at the Don Richards Invitational on Dec. 1 and 2 at Rochester Institute of Technology. The Brewers finished second in a five-team field.
Vassar was blanked by Bates College and Haverford College, 9–0, on Dec. 2 at Kenyon Hall. Viraj Nadkarni ’20 and Mathieu Rizk ’21 played the closest matches of the day.
Cherylann Mucciolo ’18 paced Vassar to a comeback win over Bates College and the Brewers added a 9–0 victory over Haverford College on Dec. 2 at Kenyon Hall. Mucciolo won her match at No. 5 after Vassar’s top four players had lost. Samantha Henderson ’20, Emma Glickman ’18, Kelly Rissman ’18, and Rebecca Slotkin ’18 also picked up wins against Bates. Hannah Nice ’18 keyed the Brewers in their shutout of Haverford with a victory at No. 1.