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Sports Roundup - November 2018

Women’s Rugby

Vassar (15-0) won the USA Rugby Fall Nationals Championship, defeating defending champ Winona (MN) State University, 50-13, in the finals on Dec. 2 in Charlotte, NC. The victory marks the first time in history that a Vassar athletic team has won a national championship. The Brewers trailed 13-10 in the first half but scored the final 40 points of the game. Kate Sworden ’19 registered three tries, and Kaitlin Prado ’19 scored twice. Molly Lynch ’21, Jennie To ’19, and Charlotte Benoit ’20 also scored, and Aislin Vences-Dimas ’20 kicked five conversions.

Oshana Reich ’19

Vassar advanced to the finals with a 43-26 victory over the United States Coast Guard Academy on Dec. 1. Sworden scored three tries, and Oshana Reich ’19 added two. Vences-Dimas kicked four conversions.

Prado scored three tries in Vassar’s 41-24 victory over Bryant University in the quarterfinals of the USA Rugby Fall Nationals Nov. 18 at Vassar Farm.

Reich and To combined for five tries, propelling Vassar to a 46-12 win over the University of Maine in the Round of 16 of the Fall Nationals Nov. 17 at Vassar Farm.

Reich and Sworden combined for seven of Vassar’s 16 tries in a 96-0 victory over the University of Delaware Nov. 10 at Vassar Farm. The win propelled Vassar to the Round of 16 in the USA Rugby Fall Nationals.

Men’s Basketball

Vassar (3-3, 1-1 Liberty League) earned its first win at Hobart College’s gym, defeating the Statesmen, 75-72, Dec. 1. Alex Seff ’19 led all scorers with 24 points, and Zach Bromfeld ’21 added 14 on 6-for-7 shooting from the field.

Paul Grinde ’19

Vassar dropped its Liberty League opener at Ithaca (NY) College, 87-68, Nov. 30. Bromfeld had 13 points, Paul Grinde ’19 added 12, and Seff had 11.

Vassar thwarted a comeback attempt late in the second half and defeated Fairleigh Dickinson, 62-57, Nov. 26 on the FDU campus in Madison, NJ. Bromfeld sank a pair of free throws with 21 seconds remaining to ice the game. Seff led all Vassar scorers with 18 points.

Vassar’s late rally fell short, and the Brewers lost to Mount St. Vincent College, 71-66, Nov. 20 at the Athletics and Fitness Center. Vassar trailed at halftime, 39-27, but tied the game at 56 with 5:52 to play. The visitors finished the game by outscoring the Brewers, 15-10. Grinde paced Vassar with 16 points and eight rebounds.

Penn State Abington outlasted Vassar, 79-75, in the finals of the Vassar Tip-Off Tournament Nov. 17 at the Athletics and Fitness Center. Bromfeld scored a career-high 28 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Grinde had 20 points and nine boards.

The Brewers erupted for 101 points in their season opener Nov. 16, defeating the College of New Rochelle, 101-88, in the first round of the Vassar Tip-Off Tournament. Grinde led all Vassar scorers with 24 points and 12 rebounds. Hugh Durham ’21 had 23 points and seven rebounds.

Women’s Basketball

Isa Peczuh ’20

Vassar (4-2, 1-1 Liberty League) used a dominating second quarter to defeat William Smith, 80-75, Dec. 1 in Geneva, NY. The Brewers outscored William Smith by a 21-7 margin in the second quarter to grab a 38-29 lead at halftime. Isa Peczuh ’20 led all scorers with 24 points. Jackie Cenan ’19 had 21.

The Brewers had a poor shooting night, connecting on just 22 of 62 shots in a 68-54 loss to Ithaca College Nov. 30 on the Ithaca, NY, campus. Sophie Nick ’20 finished with 16 points and 13 rebounds.

Cenan scored a career-high 21 points, and Vassar used a 24-point third quarter to defeat Mount Saint Mary College, 69-58, Nov. 20 on the Mount Saint Mary campus in Newburgh, NY. Peczuh and Ryan DeOrio ’19 each chipped in with nine points.

Coach Candice Signor-Brown returned to her alma mater and led Vassar to victory in the Pablo Coto Tip-Off Tournament at Marymount (VA) College. The Brewers defeated Ursinus College, 74-64, on Nov. 16 and edged the host school, 56-52, Nov. 17. In the win over Ursinus, Nick scored 27 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, and Peczuh finished with 22 points, connecting on seven of 12 shots from the floor. DeOrio led a balanced Vassar attack in the championship game with 13 points. Cenan had 12 points, and Nick finished with 11 points and 15 rebounds.

SUNY New Paltz used a fourth-quarter surge to defeat Vassar, 92-81, Nov. 13 at the Athletics and Fitness Center. Peczuh connected on seven of 12 shots from three-point range and finished with 25 points. Nick had 18 points and five rebounds. New Paltz outscored the Brewers by a 26-16 margin in the last 10 minutes of the game.

Field Hockey

Megan Caveny ’19

Vassar (18-2) lost to The College of New Jersey in the eighth round of a shootout Nov. 10 in the Round of 16 of the NCAA Division III playoffs in Middlebury VT. TCNJ opened the scoring late in the first half, but Megan Caveny ’19 tied the score in the 52nd minute on an assist from Rylie Pope ’20. The score remained deadlocked 1-1 after 20 minutes of overtime, but Vassar lost in the shootout, 5-4.

Monica Feely ’19 was named Division III North Atlantic Player of the Year. Previously, Feely was named Liberty League Defensive Player of the Year, and she and Caveny and Cristina Lopez ’20 were named to the North Atlantic All-Region Team.

Men’s Cross Country

Luke Arsenault ’19 earned All-Atlantic Region honors with a 23rd-place finish at the NCAA Atlantic Regional Championships Nov. 10 in Logan Township, NJ. Arsenault posted a career-best 27:01.0 in the 8k race. Peter Ferretter ’21 finished 63rd with a time of 27:43.2. Vassar finished 11th in the team competition in a field of 45.

Women’s Cross Country

Megan Horn ’19 led Vassar to a seventh-place finish in a field of 44 teams Nov. 10 at the NCAA Atlantic Region Championships in Logan Township, NJ. Horn earned All-Region honors for finishing 30th overall. She posted a time of 23:29.6 in the 6k race.

Women’s Soccer

Vassar (9-8-1) lost to 24th-ranked Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 4-1, Nov. 10 in the opening round of the NCAA Division III Championships in Amherst, MA. Jordan Moss ’20 scored Vassar’s lone goal on a free kick.

Men’s Swimming and Diving

Max White ’21

Max White ’21 won the 500- and 200-yard freestyle events, pacing Vassar to a third-place finish in a six-team field at the Rochester Institute of Technology Invitational Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 in Rochester, NY. Jake Mier ’22 was second in the 200 butterfly and the 400 individual medley.

Vassar defeated SUNY New Paltz for the first time in five years Nov. 16, as Jake Mier ’22 won all four of his events. Vassar posted a 143-117 win in the New Paltz pool. Mier earned victories in the 200 butterfly, 200 breaststroke, and 200 individual medley and was part of the victorious 200 medley relay team. Other members of the relay team were Max White ’21, Nikolas Pham ’22, and Matthew Imiolek ’20.

White set two Kresge Pool records in Vassar’s 186-99 loss to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Nov. 10. White swam the 200 freestyle in 1:44.19 and posted a 48.44 in the 100 freestyle. Mier won the 400 individual medley in 4:18.53.

Women’s Swimming and Diving

Jesse Ecklund ’22

Vassar posted 15 top-five finishes at the Rochester Institute of Technology Invitational Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. Brynn Lautenbacher ’21 won the 100 butterfly and the 200 butterfly. Jesse Ecklund ’22 won the 500 freestyle and the 200 backstroke. Vassar finished third in a seven-team field.

Ecklund posted four wins in Vassar’s 163-94 victory over SUNY New Paltz Nov. 16 on the New Paltz campus. Ecklund won the 1,650-yard freestyle, the 50 freestyle, and the 200 backstroke. She also joined with Lautenbacher, Stephanie Kaplan ’21, and Kendall Hayes ’22 to win the 400 freestyle relay.

Lautenbacher won all four of her events, but Vassar fell to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 150-140, Nov. 10 at Kresge Pool. She won the 100 and 200 butterfly and anchored two victorious relay teams, the 200 medley and the 400 freestyle. Ecklund won the 200 backstroke and 500 freestyle.

Men’s Fencing

Chris Gaehde ’22 won all 18 of his bouts in foil competition at the Drew Invitational Dec. 1 in Madison, NJ. Vassar (16-5) defeated the University of Pittsburgh, Army, and Hunter College but lost to Drew, Navy, and the University of Florida.

Evin Heintz ’21

Vassar “A” and “B” squads won 141 of 164 bouts against five opponents Nov. 18 at the Matt Lampell Hudson River Invitational at Walker Field House. Gaehde was undefeated (19-0) in foil. Evin Heintz ’21 and Tom Possidente ’19 were each 16-0 in sabre, and Michael Jaklitsch ’21 was 17-0 in epee. The Brewers defeated Drew University, Marist College, the University of Binghamton, the University of Florida, and Rochester Institute of Technology.

Vassar won six of eight matches at the Vassar Invitational Nov. 11 at Walker Field House. The Brewers defeated Yeshiva University, Hunter College, two squads from Drew University, the U.S. Military Academy, and the University of the Incarnate Word. They lost to Haverford College and Stevens Institute of Technology.

Women’s Fencing

Mirit Rutishauser ’19

Vassar (14-0) defeated six opponents Nov. 18 at the Matt Lampell Hudson River Invitational at Walker Field House. The Brewers posted wins over City College of New York, Army, The College of New Jersey, Yeshiva University, the University of Florida, and Drew University. Mirit Rutishauser ’19 finished the day 13-1 in foil. Rosie Parker ’22 led the epee squad with a 16-0 mark. Rose Hulsey-Vincent ’19 was 15-0. Rose Parker ’21 (not related to Rosie Parker) was 11-2 in sabre.

Vassar swept all seven matches at the Vassar Invitational Nov. 10 at Walker Field House. The Brewers won a total of 134 of 189 bouts in victories over Haverford College, Lafayette College, Long Island University (Post campus), Drew University, Wagner College, the City College of New York and Fairleigh Dickinson University. Vassar’s top performers in foil competition were Sophie Blumenstock ’19, who was 18-0, and Rutishauser, who finished the day with a 19-3 mark. Hulsey-Vincent led the epee team with a 17-4 record.

Men’s Squash

Caden Gruber ’19

Vassar (3-7) lost matches against Haverford College and Boston College by 9-0 scores Nov. 30 and fell to Colgate University, 7-2, on Dec. 1. Travers Parsons-Grayson ’19 and Eric Chen ’19 posted wins for the Brewers.

Bard College edged Vassar, 5-4, Nov. 17 at Kenyon Hall. Milind Joshi ’21, Parsons-Grayson, Reese Collins ’22, and Chen posted wins for the Brewers.

Caden Gruber ’19 won two close matches at No. 1 as Vassar defeated Siena College and Swarthmore College Nov. 11 at the Bard Round Robin in Annandale-on-Hudson. Gruber won his match against Siena in four seats and edged his Swarthmore opponent in five. Alexander Wisniewski ’22 swept his match against Siena and won in five sets against Swarthmore. Vassar blanked Siena, 9-0, and defeated Swarthmore, 6-3.

Vassar blanked Bryant University, 9-0, but lost to Lehigh University, Boston University, and Fordham University Nov. 3 and 4 at Kenyon Hall.

Women’s Squash

The Brewers (97-6) split four matches Dec. 1 and 2, losing by 5-4 scores to Boston College and Haverford College and defeating Denison University, 9-0, and Colgate University, 8-1. Julia Pollak ’19 won all four of her matches.

Claire Coss ’22

Vassar won 24 of 25 matches in victories over Bard College, Smith College, and the University of Rochester Nov. 17 on the Bard campus in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY. Mira Michaels-Gualtieri ’21 had the longest match of the day, winning the first two sets against her Rochester opponent and losing the next two, but finishing the match with a 15-1 win in the deciding set.

The Brewers were blanked by Bucknell University and William Smith College Nov. 10 at the Colgate Round Robin in Hamilton, NY.

Vassar swept Fordham University and Boston University, 9-0, but lost to Mount Holyoke, 9-0, and Georgetown, 6-3, Nov. 3 and 4 at Kenyon Hall. Claire Coss ’22 won three of her four matches at No. 1.

Posted by Office of Communications Thursday, December 6, 2018