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Sports Roundup - November 2019

Women’s Rugby

Vassar (13-0) qualified for the USA Rugby Division II Fall Championships Final Four with a 33-7 victory over Bryant College November 24 at Vassar Farm. The Brewers defeated Colby College, 53-14, in the round of 16. Emma Manzella ’21 opened the scoring against Bryant with a 35-yard run. Emily Howell ’22 scored three tries in the win over Colby.

The Brewers advanced to the USA Rugby Round of 16 with a 76-5 win over the University of Vermont on November 17 at Vassar Farm. Manzella scored four tries, and Meg Martin ’21 scored twice.

Vassar advanced to the USA Rugby playoffs with a 32-14 win over Marist College in the Tri-State Conference Championship game November 10 on the Siena College campus in Loudonville, NY. Martin scored four tries.

Men’s Rugby

Kyle Trimble '22

Vassar fell just short in its match against Drew University November 10, losing by a score of 24-21 in Madison, NJ. James Christensen ’21, Kyle Trumble ’22, and Ali Sadek ’21 scored tries for Vassar.

Vassar won a hard-fought match against Molloy College, 17-10, November 3 at Vassar Farm. Flyhalf Nate Cuson ’20 scored a try and kicked a conversion.


Hartwick College used a strong second half to defeat Vassar (1-2), 68-59, November 23 at the Athletics and Fitness Center. Ethan Ellis ’23 led the Brewers with 12 points.

Men’s Basketball

Vassar defeated Hunter College, 72-66, in the consolation game of the Mike Daley Tournament November 16 in Rochester, NY. Zach Bromfeld ’21 paced the Brewers with 16 points and 11 rebounds.

Vassar opened the season with a 64-56 loss to SUNY Fredonia at the Mike Daley Tournament Nov. 15 in Rochester, NY. Zach Johnson ’23 scored a team-high 14 points.

Women’s Basketball

Jackie Cenan ’20

SUNY New Paltz edged Vassar (3-2), 71-69, November 26 on the New Paltz campus. Isa Peczuh ’20 scored 16 points, and Ryan DeOrio ’21 added 15.

Peczuh nailed a three-pointer with 3:17 to go, putting the Brewers ahead for good in a 72-63 victory over Springfield College November 23 at the Athletics and Fitness Center. Peczuh led all Vassar scorers with 14 points. Sarah Gillooly ’22 scored 12.

Vassar fell to Williams College in double overtime, 76-65, November 19 in Williamstown, MA. Jackie Cenan ’20 led the Brewers’ attack with 16 points.

Sophie Nick ’20 was named Most Valuable Player of the Hochberg Family Tip-Off November 15 and 16 at the Athletics and Fitness Center. The Brewers defeated Worcester State University in the Championship game, 81-54. Nick scored 12 points, grabbed eight rebounds and contributed an assist, a block, and two steals in the championship game. Emily Tincher ’23 scored 13 points, and Peczuh had 11 points and four assists. The Brewers won the opening round matchup against Eastern University, 72-48. Nick scored 17 points, and Tincher added 12.

Field Hockey

Vassar (15-4, 5-2 Liberty League) finished its season with a 1-0 loss to the University of Rochester in the finals of the Liberty League playoffs November 9 on the Rochester campus. Goalkeeper Jules Smith ’23 made nine saves. Rochester scored the only goal of the game in the third period.

Vassar advanced to the finals of the Liberty League playoffs with a 2-1 victory in overtime over Skidmore College November 6 on the Skidmore campus in Saratoga Springs. Stephanie Palma ’20 scored the winning goal on an assist from Cristina Lopez ’20. Skidmore took a 1-0 lead in the 58th minute of the game, but Rylie Pope ’20 tied it 45 seconds later.

Women’s Cross Country

Women's Cross Country team

Vassar placed 25th in a field of 32 teams at the NCAA Division III Championships November 23 in Louisville, KY. Keara Ginell ’22 finished 50th in a field of 277 runners, crossing the finish line in 22:20.9.  Hannah Martin ’21 was 139th, and Sasha Allison ’22 finished 171st.

Vassar earned a bid to the NCAA Division III Championships with a fifth-place finish in a 38-team field at the Atlantic Regionals November 16 in Canton, NY. Ginell earned an individual bid to the championship race by finishing third overall. Augusta Stockman ’23, Lily Digman ’23, Meghan Cook ’20, and Allison ’22 all finished in the top 54 out of 280.

Ginell won All-Liberty League First team honors with a second-place finish at the Liberty League Championships November 2 at Bard College. Martin earned a berth on the Second Team, finishing 10th. Vassar placed third in the nine-team field.

Men’s Cross Country

Vassar finished 15th in a field of 41 teams at the NCAA Atlantic Regionals November 16 in Canton, NY. Reed Dolan ’21 captured All-Region honors with a 31st-place finish.

Vassar finished sixth in an 18-team field at the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Association (ECAC) Championships November 9 in Milton, NY. Zak Willis ’22 was Vassar’s top finisher, placing 19th. Lukas Muzila ’23 was 27th.

Vassar finished fifth in a nine-team field at the Liberty League Championships November 2 at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY. Miles Takiguchi ’23 paced the Brewers with a 26th-place finish. Johnathan Dean ’22 and Dolan were 28th and 29th, respectively.

Men’s Soccer

Rochester Institute of Technology outshot Vassar (9-7-2, 6-3 Liberty League) in penalty kicks, 4-3, to defeat the Brewers, 2-1, November 5 in the opening round of the Liberty League playoffs on Gordon Field. Jonathan Bow ’21 scored Vassar’s lone goal on a breakaway in the 25th minute of the game.

Women’s Soccer

Nationally ranked William Smith College won the Liberty League Championship with a 1-0 victory over Vassar (11-8-1, 6-3 Liberty League) November 10 on the winners’ field in Geneva, NY. Goalkeeper Fiona Walsh ’21 made six saves.

Vassar advanced to the finals of the Liberty League playoffs with a 1-0 victory over Rochester Institute of Technology November 10 in Geneva, NY. Savannah Cutler ’20 scored an unassisted goal in the 34th minute.

Midfielder Skylar Herrera-Ross ’21 scored on a header early in the first half, and Vassar made the goal stand up, defeating Union College, 1-0, in the opening round of the Liberty League playoffs November 5 on Gordon Field.

Men’s Swimming and Diving

Vassar defeated SUNY New Paltz, 194-95, but lost to Franklin and Marshall University, 165-123, November 15 at Kresge Pool. Jake Mier ’22 won the 200-yard butterfly.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute defeated Vassar, 189-106, November 9 in the RPI pool in Troy, NY. Max White ’21 finished second in the 200-yard freestyle, and Mier was second in the 200-yard butterfly.

Vassar defeated Skidmore College, 183-107, November 2 on the Skidmore campus in Saratoga Springs, NY.  The Brewers got out the gate with a win in the 200 medley relay. The team of Nick D’Arrigo ’23, Nikolas Pham ’22, Harrison Taylor ’20 and White posted a time of 1:55.42.

Women’s Swimming and Diving

Rhea Randhawa '21

Vassar defeated Franklin and Marshall, 172-112, and SUNY New Paltz, 203-76, November 15 at Kresge Pool. Grace Myers  ’23 won the 200-yard freestyle, and Liberty League Rookie of the Week Lillian Lowenthal ’23 won the 200-yard butterfly. All-American Jesse Ecklund ’22 won the 100-yard backstroke.

Ecklund won the 100-yard backstroke, but Vassar fell to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 150-149, November 9 in the RPI pool in Troy, NY. The team of Rhea Randhawa ’21, Stephanie Kaplan ’21 Sophie Forbes ’23, and Lowenthal opened the meet with a victory in the 200-meter freestyle relay.

Vassar edged Skidmore College, 146-137, November 2 in Saratoga Springs, NY. Myers won the 200-yard butterfly, and Lowenthal led a 1-2-3 Vassar finish in the 50-yard freestyle.

Men’s Fencing

Conor Travaglione ’23

Vassar won six of seven matches at the Drew University Tournament November 24 on the Drew campus in Madison, NJ. The Brewers lost to the hosts, 14-13, but defeated Denison College, Clemson University, Yeshiva University, Hunter College, the University of Florida, and another Drew squad. Conor Travaglione ’23 was 17-0 in sabre competition. Adlai Brandt-Ogman ’21 was 18-3 in foil, and Alexander Moyse ’23 posted 16 wins in epee.

Vassar won 161 of 188 bouts at the Matt Lampell Hudson River Invitational November 17 at Walker Field House. The Brewers defeated Cornell University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Drew University, SUNY Binghamton University, Rochester Institute of Technology, Marist College, and the University of Rochester. Sabre competitors Evin Heintz ’22 and Travaglione posted a combined record of 36-0.  Caleb Klein ’22 and Brandt-Ogman were 18-0 and 17-1, respectively, in foil.

Vassar won seven of eight matches at the Vassar Invitational November 10 at Kenyon Hall. The Brewers defeated Yeshiva University, Hunter College, Haverford College, Lafayette College, Army, Incarnate Word, and Drew University but lost to Stevens Institute of Technology.

Travaglione earned a bronze medal in sabre competition at The Big One November 2 at Smith College in Northampton, MA. Abram Gregory ’21 was sixth in epee, and Brandt-Ogman finished 13th in foil.

Women’s Fencing

Vassar won five of six matches at the Matt Lampell Hudson River Invitational November 17 at Walker Field House. The Brewers defeated Drew University, Yeshiva University, Marist College, and the U.S. Military Academy in the preliminary rounds. Vassar defeated Yeshiva to reach the finals, but Drew won the championship match, 14-13. Zoe Tolbert ’22, Jenna Waibel ’23, and Tori Lubin ’22 each finished 11-2 in foil. Rosie Parker ’22 was 16-1 in epee.

Vassar nearly went undefeated at the Vassar Invitational November 10 in Kenyon Hall. The Brewers were edged by Drew University, 14-13, but won matches against Haverford College, Lafayette College, Long Island Post University, Wagner College, Fairleigh-Dickinson College, and Denison College. Tolbert won all 17 of her matches in foil competition.

Tolbert was Vassar’s top competitor at The Big One November 2 at Smith

College in Northampton, MA. She finished fifth overall in the foil event. Nicoletta Dinelli ’21 was seventh in sabre, and Parker was 15th in epee.

Men’s Squash

Vassar (4-7) fell to Connecticut College and Haverford College by 9-0 scores November 23 at Kenyon Hall.

Vassar was blanked by Bowdoin College, Bates College, and Colby College by 9-0 scores November 16 and 17 in Brunswick, ME.

Sameer Mustafa ’23

Vassar won all 27 of its matches against Siena College, Swarthmore College, and Colgate University November 9 and 10 at the Bard College Round Robin in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY.  paced the Brewers with three victories at #1.

Vassar opened the season with a victory over Lafayette College and losses to Northeastern University and Fordham University November 2 at Kenyon Hall. Captain Viraj Nadkarni ’20 posted wins against Lafayette and Fordham.

Women’s Squash

Alessandra Pilkington ’20 won two matches, but Vassar (4-5) lost to Connecticut College and Haverford College by 7-2 scores November 23 at Kenyon Hall.

Vassar was blanked by Bates College, 9-0, and fell to Bowdoin College and Colby College by 6-3 scores November 16 and 17 in Brunswick, ME. Samantha Henderson ’20 and Lucie Bisbee ’22 had wins over Colby and Bowdoin.

Vassar opened the season by winning 32 of 36 matches in victories over Fordham University, Bard College, Northeastern University, and Boston University November 2 at Kenyon Hall. Claire Coss ’22 won all four of her matches playing at No. 1.

Posted by Office of Communications Sunday, December 1, 2019