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Sports Roundup - April 2018

Men’s Volleyball

Vassar (23-8) battled top-ranked Springfield College in three close sets in the semifinals of the NCAA Division III Championships April 27 but fell by scores of 27-25, 25-21 and 26-24. The game was played on the campus of Carthage College in Kenosha, WI. Three-time All-American Matt Knigge ’18 finished his collegiate career with 13 kills, three digs and a solo block. Two-time Second Team All-American Zechariah Lee ’18 had 33 assists and four digs.

Vassar advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA Division III tournament with a four-set victory over Kean University on Apr. 21 before a capacity crowd at Kenyon Hall. Knigge had 21 kills. George Diehl ’19 added 10 kills and four blocks, and Jefferson Waters ’21 had six kills, five blocks, and a service ace.

For the third straight year, Knigge was selected as a First Team All-American by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. Zechariah Lee ’18 was named to the Second Team.

Vassar defeated SUNY New Paltz in the semifinals of the United Volleyball Conference (UVC) championships on Apr. 14 but lost to Stevens Institute of Technology in the finals the following day. The tournament was held on the campus of Hunter College in New York City. The Brewers defeated New Paltz in four sets. Knigge had 15 kills, and Lee contributed 41 assists. Stevens swept Vassar in three sets to win the UVC title. Knigge, Diehl, and Kevin Ros ’20 each had nine kills.

Vassar celebrated Senior Day with 3–0 victories over Baruch College and Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) on Apr. 7 at Kenyon Hall. Knigge had 15 kills in the win over Baruch, and Knigge and Ros each had nine kills against EMU. Lee posted his 200th career service ace in the win over EMU.

Waters posted a career-high 14 kills as Vassar defeated Messiah College in straight sets on Apr. 6 at Kenyon Hall.

Women’s Tennis

Dasha Ivenitsky ’18

Vassar (12–4, 6–1 Liberty League) lost to league rival Skidmore College, 9–0, on Apr. 21 at the Joss Tennis Courts. Meghan Rodick ’21 won the opening set of her No. 3 singles match, 6–2, but lost the second, 6–4, and dropped the tiebreaker, 10–5. Dasha Ivenitsky ’18 and Sarra Yekta ’21 played the most competitive doubles match of the day, losing 9–7.

Vassar breezed past Liberty League rival Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), 9–0, on Apr. 14 on the RPI campus in Troy, NY. Frances Cornwall ’21 and Tara Edwards ’20 each dropped only one game in No. 1 and No. 2 singles, respectively.

Cornwall won her No. 1 singles match and teamed with Courtney Geiss ’18 for a win in doubles, propelling Vassar to a 7–2 victory over St. Lawrence University on Apr. 8 on the St. Lawrence campus in Canton, NY.

Vassar cruised to a 9–0 win over Rochester Institute of Technology on Apr. 7 in Rochester, NY. Cornwall scored the clinching victory at No. 1 singles, 6–3, 6–1.

Men’s Tennis

Jeremy Auh ’20

Jeremy Auh ’20 teamed with Adam Krueger ’21 to win the No. 1 doubles match, and Auh also posted a win in singles, as Vassar (6–11, 4–3 Liberty League) defeated St. Lawrence University, 7–2, on Apr. 21 in Canton, NY. 

The Brewers posted two doubles victories but were shut out in singles, losing to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 7–2, on Apr. 14 in Troy, NY. David Gandham ’21 teamed with Jamie Anderson ’19 to post one doubles win, and Krueger and Auh registered the other.

Tufts University defeated Vassar, 9–0, on Apr. 7 on the Tufts campus in Medford, MA. Gandham, playing No. 1 singles, had the most competitive match of the day, losing 6–3, 6–2.

Dom Demeterfi ’20, playing No. 5 singles, posted Vassar’s only win in an 8–1 loss to Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Apr. 6 in Cambridge, MA.

Men’s Baseball

Taylor Smach ’19

Jason Salerno ’21, Bryan Rubin ’19, and Matt Schwartz ’19 each drove in a pair of runs as Vassar (18–16, 8–6 Liberty League) defeated the College of Mount Saint Vincent, 6–4, on Apr. 24 at the Prentiss Baseball Field.

Vassar swept a doubleheader against Lehman College on Apr. 22 at the Prentiss Baseball Field. The Brewers won the first game, 9–4, and breezed to a 9–1 win in the second game. Evan Trausch ’21 had three hits and three RBIs in the opener. Mitchell Mullock ’20 pitched six innings in the second game and didn’t allow an earned run.

The Brewers dropped two close games to Moravian College on Apr. 21 on the Moravian campus in Bethlehem, PA, losing by scores of 3–2 and 9–8. Jake Doyle ’19 had a single and a double in the first game. Taylor Smach ’19 had two singles and a home run in the second game.

Vassar and the University of Rochester traded lopsided wins on Apr. 18 on the Rochester, NY, campus. The Brewers were overwhelmed in the first game, 20–1, but bounced back with a 14–5 victory in the nightcap. In the 14–5 win, Trausch hit two home runs, and Bobby Kinne ’18 and Elliott Layne ’21 each had one.

Vassar dropped three of four games against Clarkson University on Apr. 13 and 14 at the Prentiss Baseball Field. The Brewers were swept on Apr. 13, 3–1 and 5–2, then split a doubleheader the following day, losing the first game, 4–0, and winning the second, 6–1. Kinne homered and knocked in five runs in the victory. Mullock gave up seven hits and one run in eight innings to get the win.

Vassar erupted for eight runs in the top of the ninth inning and defeated Williams College, 10–7, on Apr. 11 in Williamstown, MA. Jesse Mulham ’19 knocked in the winning run with a bases-loaded walk. Rubin had three hits and an RBI.

Vassar split a doubleheader with Skidmore College on Apr. 8 on the Skidmore campus in Saratoga Springs, NY. The Brewers won the opener, 8–4, but lost the second game, 3–1. Schwartz had two hits in the first game. The Brewers capitalized on three Skidmore errors to score three runs. Mullock allowed one run on four hits in 5 1/3 innings in the second game.

The Brewers swept a doubleheader against Skidmore College on Apr. 7 at the Prentiss Baseball Field. Vassar got clutch pitching performances from Max Spencer ’20 and John Madsen ’18 in a 2–1 victory in the first game. Kinne had two singles and a home run to pace the Brewers to a 7–6 win in the nightcap.

Women’s Lacrosse

Kelly Pushie ’20

Ithaca College, the 20th-ranked team in the country, defeated Vassar (4–9, 3–5 Liberty League), 18–3, on Apr. 21 on the Ithaca, NY, campus. Storm Sideleau ’18 scored twice.

Kelly Pushie ’20 contributed to half of Vassar’s scoring in a 12–10 win over Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute on Apr. 20 in Troy, NY. Pushie scored two goals and assisted on four others. Sideleau scored four goals.

William Smith College, ranked 20th in the country, defeated Vassar, 16–3, on Apr. 14 on the William Smith campus in Geneva, NY. Sideleau scored twice for the Brewers.

Vassar was doomed by a slow start in a 13–8 loss to Skidmore College on Apr. 11 at the Weinberg Turf Field. Skidmore scored four times in the first 3:34 of the game and led 9–1 in the first half before the Brewers staged a comeback. Sideleau, Tessa Waters ’20, and Grace Goodwin-Boyd ’20 each scored twice.

Vassar fell to Liberty League rival University of Rochester, 9–7, on Apr. 7 at the Weinberg Turf Field. Sideleau notched four goals.

Waters scored six goals and assisted on another as Vassar overpowered Rochester Institute of Technology, 19–13, on Apr. 6 at the Weinberg Turf Field. Fiona MacLeod ’19 had three goals and four assists.

Men’s Lacrosse

Union College broke open a close game in the second half, defeating the Brewers (2–11, 1–6 Liberty League), 11–6, on Apr. 21 on the Union campus in Schenectady, NY. Vassar trailed 7–5 at halftime but failed to score again until the fourth quarter. James Thomas ’19 and Kyle Cherry ’20 each scored twice.

Vassar lost a see-saw battle with Clarkson University, 9–6, on Apr. 14 at Gordon Field. Michael Mullen ’20 and Dekker Stebel ’19 each scored a pair of goals for the Brewers.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, ranked 20th in the country, foiled Vassar’s upset bid with a 15–14 win on Apr. 11 in Troy, NY. Cherry scored four goals and added an assist.

Stockton University defeated Vassar, 9–8, on Apr. 7 at the Weinberg Turf Field. Mullen led the offense with four goals.

Mullen scored four times and Tomás Meade ’21 added three goals and two assists in Vassar’s 17–4 victory over Bard College on Apr. 4 at Gordon Field.

Women’s Track

Erin Clark ’20

Erin Clark ’20 won the 3,000-meter run and Savannah Wiman ’18 and Eliana Marcus-Tyler ’18 posted second-place finishes at the Vassar Invitational on Apr. 21 at the Weinberg Track. Wiman was second in the 3,000-meter run, and Marcus-Tyler was second in the 400-meter dash.

Julie Bradley ’21 set a school record in the pole vault with a leap of 2.8 meters on Apr. 14 at the Silfen Invitational in New London, CT. Vassar’s 4x400-meter relay team of Penelope Mort Ranta ’20, Clark, Marcus-Tyler, and Wiman finished seventh overall with a time of 4:14.97.

Wiman posted her first career victory in the 800-meter run on Apr. 8 at The College of New Jersey Invitational in Ewing Township, NJ. She finished with a time of 2:22.37. The 4x400-meter relay team of Wiman, Clark, Seneca Straub ’21, and Mort Ranta also earned a win with a time of 4:18.04.

Men’s Track

Joel Johnson ’18

Michael Scarlett ’18 smashed the school record in the 3,000-meter run, posting a time of 8:38.09 at the Vassar Invitational on Apr. 21 at the Weinberg Track. Joel Johnson ’18 broke the school mark in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.12. Will Dwyer ’19, Jesse Schatz ’18, and Peter Ferretter ’21 finished first, second, and third, respectively, in the 5,000-meter run.

Skylar Widman ’20 turned in the top performances in the sprinting events at the Silfen Invitational on Apr. 14 in New London, CT. Widman was fourth in the 200-meter dash and ninth in the 100. Michael Walsh ’18 was ninth overall in the triple jump.

Scarlett set a school record in the 5,000-meter run on Apr. 6 at the Sam Howell Invitational in Princeton, NJ. Scarlett finished the race in 14:51.65. Philip Brown ’18 was 15th in the 10,000-meter run in a race that featured many Division I runners.

Women’s Golf

Andrea Han ’20

Andrea Han ’20 fired an 81 on Apr. 22 at the Jack Leaman Invitational in Amherst, MA. Vassar finished fifth in a seven-team field.

Vassar finished fifth in an 11-team field on Apr. 14 at the Vassar Invitational at Casperkill Golf Club in Poughkeepsie. Margaret Liu ’21 was ninth overall, firing an 80.

Women’s Rugby

Oshana Reich ’19

Vassar (25–2) fell to the University at Albany, 17–5, in the semifinals of the Women’s 7 Championships on Apr. 22 in Fairfield, CT. Earlier in the day, the Brewers defeated the Marist College B squad, Fordham University, SUNY New Paltz, and Stony Brook University.

Vassar edged the University of Connecticut (UConn), 15–12, to win the Beast of the East tournament on Apr. 14 and 15 in Portsmouth, RI. The Brewers reached the championship game by defeating Boston College, 36–0, and Buffalo State College, 25–7, on Apr. 14 and blanking Bishop’s University, 31–0, on Apr. 15. Vassar trailed 12–0 in the game against UConn, but Andrea Ramsay ’18 and Oshana Reich ’19 scored tries to key the comeback. Makena Emery ’19 kicked the winning conversion in overtime.

Molly Lynch ’21 scored two tries in Vassar’s 38–17 win over the University at Albany on Apr. 8 at the Vassar Farm. Emery kicked four conversions.

Men’s Rugby

Nate Cuson ’20

Vassar (14–4) split four games in the Beast of the East tournament in Portsmouth, RI, on Apr. 14 and 15. The Brewers posted wins over Central Connecticut State University, 48–7, and Wentworth Institute of Technology, 26–21, but Vassar fell to the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, 10–5, and the University of Maine at Farmington, 51–7. Rob Eder ’19 had four tries, and Logan Ragsdale ’21 kicked seven conversions.

Vassar won its Poughkeepsie rivalry with Marist College on Apr. 8, defeating the Red Foxes, 31–24, at the Vassar Farm. Eder scored three tries, and Nate Cuson ’20 kicked three conversions.

Women’s Rowing

Vassar won two of three races against Union College on Apr. 8 in Schenectady, NY. The Women’s 4 won by two lengths, and the Second Varsity 8 posted a three-length win. The Varsity 8 led late in the race but lost by a length following an equipment malfunction.

Men’s Rowing

Vassar’s Varsity 8 with coxswain and Novice 4 lost to Liberty League rival Union College on Apr. 9 in Schenectady, NY.

Posted by Office of Communications Thursday, April 26, 2018