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Sports Roundup - February-March 2020

Men's Baseball

Daniel Bonfiglio ’20

Juniata College defeated Vassar, 10-4, March 13 in Auburndale, FL. Ezra Caspi ’23 hit a solo home run. Bryce Grathwohl ’23 had an RBI single.

The Brewers overcame an early 2-0 deficit and defeated Cazenovia College, 9-4, March 12 in Auburndale, FL. Evan Trausch ’20 hit an RBI double in the sixth to put Vassar ahead for good. Daniel Bonfiglio ’20 had three hits and two RBIs. Matt Martino ’20 homered and scored three times.

Wells College blanked Vassar, 3-0, March 10 in Sanford, FL. Connor Levchuck ’20 had a single and a triple.

The Brewers were held to just three hits in a 10-1 loss to SUNY Oneonta March 9 in Winter Haven, FL. Levchuck doubled and scored Vassar’s only run of the game on a groundout.

The Brewers received stellar pitching performances from Mitchell Mullock ’20 and Dawson Dullnig ’22 and swept a doubleheader against Medaille College March 8 in Sanford, FL. Mullock pitched seven scoreless innings, walking one and striking out four in a 1-0 victory. Trausch hit a solo home run. Dullnig gave up one run in seven innings in Vassar’s 2-1 victory in the second game. Bonfiglio stole home to put the Brewers in front in the first inning.

Vassar jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first inning and coasted to a 17-6 victory over Rivier University on February 29 in Hartford, CT. Brent Shimoda ’21 had three hits and two RBIs and scored three times. Bonfiglio tripled and hit a sacrifice fly.

The Brewers opened the season with a 7-5 win over the University of Scranton February 23 on the Scranton, PA campus. Alex Warren ’23 scored the winning run on a double by Shimoda. Martino had an RBI triple and walked twice. Trausch knocked in three runs.

Women’s Lacrosse

Kelly Pushie ’20

Melanie Silverman ’22 and Haydn Hallman ’21 each scored four goals, and Kelly Pushie ’20 registered six assists in Vassar’s 21-8 win over the University of the South March 10 in Sewanee, TN.

Eleven players scored at least one goal as Vassar set a team scoring record in a 25-11 win over Centre College March 8 in Sewanee, TN. Pushie, Ashley Roberts ‘22, and Tessa Waters ‘20 each scored three goals. Pushie added six assists.

Pushie scored four goals, including the winner in overtime, as Vassar defeated Skidmore College, 13-12, March 4 on Weinberg Turf Field.

Vassar opened the season with a 13-6 victory over Drew University February 29 at Weinberg Turf Field. Caeli Porette ’22 scored four goals. Pushie had two goals and an assist.

Men’s Lacrosse

Michael Mullen ’20

Logan Hyde ’22 scored six goals as Vassar overcame an early deficit and defeated Maritime College, 18-7, March 11 on Weinberg Turf Field. Maritime scored the first three goals of the game, but Michael Mullen ’20 sparked the comeback with the 100th goal of his collegiate career. Goalkeeper Devin Lee ’22 recorded six saves.

Mullen scored six goals, and Hyde had a goal and four assists, lifting the Brewers to a 13-8 victory over SUNY Oneonta March 7 on Weinberg Turf Field.

Mullen scored five goals and assisted on three others in Vassar’s 15-8 victory over Mount Saint Mary College March 3 in Newburgh, NY. Hyde had two goals and four assists.

Vassar fell to Swarthmore College, 16-7, February 29 at Weinberg Turf Field. Mullen and Spencer Duryee ’21 each scored a pair of goals for the Brewers.

Montclair State University scored eight goals in the second half and posted an 11-9 victory over Vassar February 26 on the Montclair, NJ campus. Hyde and Matthew Lowery ’20 each scored twice for the Brewers.

Men’s Volleyball

Kevin Ros ’20

Kevin Ros ’20 and Gavin van Beveren ’23 combined for 28 kills, as Vassar edged Wells College in five sets March 7 on the Wells campus in Aurora, NY. The Brewers won the final set, 15-13, punctuated by a kill by van Beveren.

Ros registered nine kills in Vassar’s 3-0 victory over Elmira College March 6 in Elmira, NY. Jake Kaplan ’22 had seven digs.

Vassar posted 3-0 wins over Trine College and Bard College March 4 at Kenyon Hall. Ros had eight kills in the win over Trine. Kaplan had nine kills in the match against Bard.

Vassar (12-5, 4-1 United Volleyball Conference) blanked Nazareth College, 3-0, and edged Hunter College in five sets on February 29 at Kenyon Hall. Ryan Duchemin ’21 had eight kills in the win over Nazareth. Van Beveren registered 15 kills in the victory over Hunter.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology defeated Vassar in five sets on February 28 at Kenyon Hall. The Brewers dropped the final set, 15-11. Jefferson Waters ’21 led Vassar with 15 kills.

The Brewers rallied from a two-set deficit and defeated 14th-ranked St. John Fisher College in five sets on February 21 at Kenyon Hall. Vassar won the fifth set, 15-10. Ros had 15 kills, and Andrew Kim ’23 and van Beveren each added 14.

Vassar lost in straight sets to fifth-ranked Stevens Institute of Technology but defeated Elms College February 15 at Kenyon Hall. Waters had 10 kills in the loss to Stevens. Kim and van Beveren each had 11 kills in the win over Elms.

Top-ranked Springfield College edged second-ranked Vassar in five sets on February 12 at Kenyon Hall. Springfield won the first and third sets, and Vassar won the second and fourth but fell in the tiebreaker, 17-15. Kim had 18 kills, and Ros added 16 kills and six digs.

Vassar defeated Sage College in straight sets on February 7 at Kenyon Hall. Ros had 11 kills and seven digs.

Vassar kicked off its United Volleyball Conference schedule with a five-set win over defending national champion SUNY New Paltz February 5 on the New Paltz, NY campus. The Brewers won the fifth set, 15-12. Ros paced the attack with 15 kills and added four solo blocks. Steven Koja ’23 had 42 assists.

Women’s Tennis

Frances Cornwall '21

Vassar swept the doubles competition in a 7-2 win over Hardin-Simmons University March 9 in Claremont, CA. Tara Edwards ’20 and Sarra Yekta ’21 posted a tiebreaker win at No. 1 doubles, and Miriam Gandham ’23 and Tatum Blalock ’23 won by a score of 8-5 at No. 2. Frances Cornwall ’21 won her No.1 singles match, 6-2, 6-2.

Vassar fell to top-ranked Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 7-2, March 8 in Claremont, CA.  Gandham won her No. 2 singles match, 6-4, 2-6, 10-8. Melina Stavropoulos ’22 posted a 4-6, 6-2, 10-7 win at No. 6.

Vassar defeated Mount Holyoke but lost to Massachusetts Institute of Technology February 22 in South Hadley and Amherst, MA, respectively. Cornwall and Stavropoulos each won their singles matches against Mount Holyoke and combined for a win in doubles.

Vassar opened its spring season with a 7-0 loss to the United States Military Academy on February 8 at West Point, NY.

Men’s Tennis 

David Gandham '21

The Brewers won all three doubles matches and defeated Whittier College, 8-1, March 11 in Whittier, CA. David Gandham ’21 and Adam Krueger ’21 led off with an 8-2 win in No. 1 doubles. Allen Sokolov ’20 and Mihajlo Ivanovic ’22 followed with an 8-5 victory. Mathew Yee ’22 and William Hwang ’22 won their match, 8-6.

The Brewers opened their California trip with a 7-2 win over Hardin-Simmons University March 8 in Costa Mesa, CA. Krueger and Sokolov both posted wins in singles and doubles.

Krueger posted Vassar’s only victory in an 8-1 loss to Babson College on February 29 in Medfield, MA.

Krueger and Gandham won their singles matches at No. 2 and No. 1, respectively, and they teamed up for a doubles victory in Vassar’s 8-1 win over St. Lawrence University February 23 in Canton, NY.

Vassar defeated Clark University, 7-2, but lost to Skidmore College, 5-4, February 15 at Walker Field House. Gandham won his singles match against Clark, 6-1, 6-4, and teamed with Krueger for an 8-4 win in doubles. Gandham, Sokolov, and Ivanovic posted singles wins against Skidmore.

Vassar posted four singles victories, including a come-from-behind win for Ivanovic, and Vassar defeated the University of Rochester, 5-4, February 9 at the Goergen Athletic Center in Rochester NY. Ivanovic dropped the first set, 6-2, but won the next two by scores of 6-2 and 7-5. Gandham posted a 6-3, 6-2 win at No. 1 singles.

Women’s Basketball

Sophie Nick '20

Sophie Nick ’20, who led the Brewers in scoring and rebounding, was named Liberty League Player of the Year in a vote of the league’s coaches. Nick was named to the All-Liberty League First Team for the third straight season. She was sixth in the league in scoring averaging 15.2 points per game, third in field goal percentage (51.9 percent), and third in rebounding (10.0 per game). Jackie Cenan ’20 was named to the All-Liberty League Second Team. Cenan averaged 13.5 points per game.

Vassar’s bid for a Liberty League title fell just short, as the Brewers lost to Ithaca College, 73-71, March 1 on the Ithaca, NY campus. Cenan led all Brewer scorers with 25 points. Nick had 20 points and 12 rebounds. Vassar finished with a 19-8 record, including 14-4 in the Liberty League.

The Brewers advanced to the finals of the Liberty League playoffs with a 79-49 win over St. Lawrence University February 29 on the Ithaca (NY) College campus. Isa Peczuh ’20 led a balanced scoring attack with 17 points. Cenan and Nick each added 14.

Vassar clinched second place in the Liberty League standings with a 91-84 victory, in overtime, over Rochester Institute of Technology February 22 in Rochester, NY. Nick tied the game late in the fourth quarter, and a three-pointer by Peczuh put the Brewers ahead for good in overtime. Cenan led all scorers with 25 points.

Ithaca College clinched the regular season Liberty League title with an 89-70 win over Vassar February 21 on the Ithaca, NY campus. Nick led Vassar with 21 points.

Nick, Peczuh, and Cenan celebrated Senior Day with a 74-62 victory over William Smith College February 15 at the Athletics and Fitness Center. Cenan had a game-high 23 points. Nick scored 20, and Peczuh finished with 9.

Vassar outscored Union College in the fourth quarter, 27-7, and posted a 72-42 win over the Dutchwomen February 14 at the Athletics and Fitness Center. Peczuh led all Brewers scorers with 16 points. Cenan had 13.

Nick scored 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds in Vassar’s 81-70 victory over Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute February 8 on the RPI campus in Troy, NY. Cenan had 16 points and four assists.

All 10 Brewers scored at least two points as Vassar rolled over Bard College, 85-39, February 7 on the Bard campus in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY. Cenan led all scorers with 21 points. Ryan DeOrio ’21 had 13, and Nick added 12.

Men’s Basketball

Vassar (11-15, 7-11 Liberty League) lost to Union College, 72-62, in the first round of the Liberty League playoffs February 25 on the Union campus in Schenectady, NY. Zach Bromfeld ’21 led all Vassar scorers with 15 points. Bromfeld was named to the All-Liberty League Second Team.

Vassar clinched a spot in the Liberty League playoffs with a 74-65 victory over Rochester Institute of Technology February 22 on the RIT campus. Zach Johnson ’23 led Vassar with 22 points. Bromfeld scored 16.

Ithaca College outscored the Brewers in the second half, 43-29, and coasted to a 91-70 victory over the Brewers February 21 on the Ithaca, NY campus. Bromfeld scored 15 points, and Jack Rothenberg ’23 added 12.

Hobart College defeated Vassar, 64-51, February 15 at the Athletics and Fitness Center. Johnson scored 14 points, and Rothenberg added 11.

Johnson scored 20 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead Vassar to a 60-55 win over Union College February 14 at the Athletics and Fitness Center. Bromfeld finished with 14 points and seven rebounds.

Vassar saw its 11-point halftime lead evaporate in the second half, and the Brewers fell to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 61-49, February 8 on the RPI campus in Troy, NY. Bromfeld finished with 16 points. Avni Mustafaj ’23 had 10. 

Bromfeld and Johnson finished with double-digit scoring nights in Vassar’s 76-46 victory over Bard College February 7 in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY. Bromfeld had 16 points, and Johnson scored 15.

Women’s Swimming and Diving

Jesse Ecklund ’22 was named Female Swimmer of the Year for her performance in the Liberty League Swimming and Diving Championships February 19-22 at Ithaca (NY) College. Ecklund won the 200-yard backstroke and the 200-yard freestyle and finished second in the 100-yard backstroke. She was part of the winning 400-medley and 400-freestyle relay teams. Head Coach Lisl Prater-Lee, Assistant Coach Andrew Dragunas, and Diving Coach Mitchell Katz were named Female Coaching Staff of the Year. Vassar finished fourth overall in a field of 10 teams.

Men’s Swimming and Diving

Vassar finished fourth in a nine-team field at the Liberty League Swimming and Diving Championships February 19-22 at Ithaca (NY) College. Robbie Perot ’23 set a school record in the 1,650-yard freestyle, winning the event with a time of 16:10.81. Max White ’21 was sixth overall in the 200-yard backstroke. The 400-yard freestyle relay team of Perot, White, Jake Mier ’22 and Matthew Imiolek ’20 finished sixth.

Women’s Fencing

Tori Lubin ’22

Tori Lubin ’22 finished 18th overall in foil competition at the NCAA Northeast Regional March 7 and 8 at Ithaca (NY) College. Rosie Parker ’22 was 34th in saber, and Chloe Chinnadurai ’22 was 48th in epee. 

Vassar’s foil squad paced Vassar to a third-place finish in a 13-team field at the New England Intercollegiate Fencing Conference Championships February 23 at Walker Field House. The squad earned the Vitale Cup for having the most victories of any weapon at the event. Jenna Waibel ’23 was 12-0 in the qualifying rounds, while Zoe Tolbert ’22 and Lubin each finished 11-1.

Vassar finished third in an eight-team field at the Eastern Women’s Fencing Conference championships on February 16 in New York City. Tolbert earned First Team honors in foil, while Chinnadurai and Rose Parker ’21 earned First Team recognition in epee. Lubin was named to the foil Second Team.

The Brewers (21-17, 5-7 North East Conference) finished the regular season with losses to New York University and Columbia University on February 12 in New York City. Rose Parker won all three matches in sabre against NYU. Tolbert and Lubin each posted a win in foil against Columbia.

Vassar won five of seven matches at the North East Conference Multi-Meet on February 9 in Medford, MA. The Brewers defeated the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth University, Smith College, Sacred Heart University, and the University of New Hampshire. They dropped matches against Boston University and Wellesley College. Tolbert was undefeated in 21 matches, and Lubin finished with a 17-3 in foil competition. Rose Parker was 15-6 in sabre, and Chinnadurai topped the epee squad with a 14-7 record.

Men’s Fencing

Evin Heintz ’22 led all Brewers with a 20th-place finish in saber competition at the NCAA Northeast regionals March 7 and 8 at Ithaca (NY) College. Caleb Klein ’22 was 32nd in foil, and Noe Berger ’20 was 33rd. Abram Gregory ’21 was 28th in epee.

Berger and Gregory earned individual titles, and Vassar finished second n a 12-team field at the New England Intercollegiate Fencing Conference Championships February 23 at Walker Field House. Berger won the foil title, and Gregory captured the top spot in epee.

Vassar (32-14, 6-4 North East Conference) closed out the regular season with losses to New York University, 18-9, and Columbia University, 19-8, February 12 in New York City. Berger and Adlai Brandt-Ogman ’21 each posted two wins in foil against NYU.

Vassar won four of five matches at the North East Conference Multi-Meet on February 9 in Medford, MA. The Brewers fell to Boston University but defeated the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth University, Sacred Heart University, and the University of New Hampshire. Heintz and Graeme Mills ’20 posted 12-0 records in sabre. Berger led the foil squad with a 7-1 mark, and Michael Jaklitsch ’21 had eight wins in epee.

Women’s Squash

Vassar (10-16) finished the season with 9-0 wins over Fordham University and Boston University and a 6-3 loss to Northeastern University at the Chafee Cup E Division Championships February 22 in New Haven, CT. Claire Coss ’22 won two of her three matches at No. 1. Nicole Pihlstrom ’22, Samantha Henderson ’20, and Odie Berkson ’23 won all three of their matches.

Vassar blanked Denison University and Smith College but fell to Mount Holyoke College, 5-4, February 15 at Kenyon Hall. Sydney Nemphos ’20 celebrated Senior Day with two wins at No. 1. Berkson and Pihlstrom each posted three victories.

Vassar blanked Bard College but lost to William Smith College and St. Lawrence University by 9-0 scores at the Liberty League Championships February 8 in Rochester, NY.  Coss posted an 11-2, 11-4, 11-4 victory over Bard’s Pam Jaramillo in the No. 1 contest. Nemphos won her No. 2 match, 11-5, 11-7, 11-2.

Men’s Squash

Vassar (8-21) lost to Lehigh University, 7-2, in the finals of the Hawthorn Cup Division of the Collegiate Squash Association National Championships March 1 in Cambridge, MA. Max Swan ’22 and Jonah Miles ’22 posted wins for the Brewers. Vassar advanced to the finals with wins, both by scores of 5-4, over the University of Indiana at Bloomington and Duke University.

Vassar defeated Swarthmore College but lost to Denison University and Boston University on February 15 at Kenyon Hall. Sameer Mustafa ’23 posted a win at No. 1 against Swarthmore. Swan posted Vassar’s lone win in the loss to Boston University.

Josh Finkelstein ’23 posted Vassar’s only win at the Liberty League Championships on February 9 on the Hobart College campus in Geneva, NY. The Brewers fell to St. Lawrence, 8-1, and lost to Hobart and the University of Rochester by scores of 9-0. Swan had the longest match of the day, falling to Daniel Ross of St. Lawrence in five sets, 12-14, 6-11, 11-7, 11-8, and 11-7.

Posted by Office of Communications Friday, March 1, 2019