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Sports Roundup - March 2019

Jesse Ecklund ’22

Women’s Swimming

Jesse Ecklund ’22 earned first-team All-American honors, finishing fourth overall in the 200-yard backstroke at the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships in Greensboro, NC. Ecklund set a new school record in the event with a time of 1:59.60.

Men’s Volleyball

Kevin Ros '21

The Brewers (12-12, 4-4 United Volleyball Conference) dropped a pair of matches March 30 on the campus of St. John Fisher College in Pittsford, NY. Vassar fell to the host school in four sets, then suffered a straight-set loss to Daemen College. Kevin Ros ’21 led the offense with 21 kills.

Ros and Jake Kaplan ’22 each registered 10 kills in Vassar’s 3-0 victory over Elmira College March 29 on the Elmira, NY, campus. Dan Halberg ’20 had 21 assists.

Vassar lost three tightly contested sets to Messiah College March 23 on the Messiah campus in Mechanicsburg, PA. The Brewers fell by scores of 25-23, 25-22, and 25-21. Yoni Auerbach ’21 had eight kills. Noah Hoppenjans ’22 had 13 assists.

Marymount (VA) College won the final two sets and defeated Vassar, 3-2, March 22 in Arlington, VA. The Brewers also lost to Stevenson University by the same score, dropping the final set, 18-16. Ros finished the day with 32 kills. George Diehl ’19 had 27. Halberg had 59 assists.

Ros registered a total of 30 kills in wins over Nazareth College and Mount St. Joseph University March 9 in Rochester, NY. The Brewers edged Nazareth in five sets and swept Mount St. Joseph in three. Halberg had 45 assists.

A Vassar comeback fell short, and the Brewers dropped a five-set match to fourth-ranked Stevens Institute of Technology March 6 at Kenyon Hall. Stevens won the first two seats, but Vassar roared back to win the next two. Stevens won the fifth set, 15-13. Jefferson Waters ’22 had 18 kills, and Halberg had 27 assists.

The Brewers swept 11th-ranked Endicott in straight sets but lost in five sets to Elms College (ranked 15th in the country) March 2 on the Endicott campus in Beverly, MA. Halberg had 19 kills in the win over Endicott. Waters had 23 kills in the loss to Elms.

Vassar lost to defending NCAA champion Springfield College in three close sets March 1 on the Springfield (MA) campus. The Brewers lost by scores of 25-20, 25-19, and 15-13. Waters and Kaplan each finished with eight kills. Halberg and Ros each posted 15 assists.

Women’s Lacrosse

Tessa Waters '22

Vassar (4-3, 1-1 Liberty League) suffered its first league loss of the season, falling to Clarkson University, 16-12, March 30 on the Clarkson campus in Potsdam, NY. Alessandra Fable ’21 scored four goals and assisted on two others.

Vassar kicked off its Liberty League season with a 12-9 victory over St. Lawrence University March 23 on Weinberg Turf Field. Caeli Porette ’22 had three goals and an assist.

Ten players scored at least one goal in Vassar’s 20-2 victory over Mount Saint Mary College March 20 on Weinberg Field. Tessa Waters ’21 and Lindsay Wolk ’19 each scored three goals and assisted on two others.

Waters and Wolk combined for five goals and an assist in Vassar’s 17-2 victory over Eastern Connecticut State University March 13 in Port Charlotte, FL. Waters tallied three times, and Wolk had two goals and an assist. Kelly Pushie ’21 and Melanie Silverman ’22 each had three assists.

Fiona MacLoed ’19 scored with 45 seconds left in the third overtime, leading Vassar to a 15-14 victory over Westfield State University March 12 in Port Charlotte, FL. Pushie had four goals and an assist.

Wesleyan University, ranked 12th in the country, defeated Vassar, 13-5, March 6 on the Wesleyan campus in Middletown, CT. Fable scored two goals. Pushie added a goal and an assist.

Vassar took a 10-8 lead into halftime but lost to Drew University, 18-15, March 1 on the Drew campus in Madison, NJ. MacLoed, Pushie, and Porette each scored twice.

Men’s Lacrosse

Vassar (2-6, 0-4 Liberty League) lost to Ithaca College, 15-14, surrendering the winning goal with 10 seconds remaining in the game. Tomas Meade ’20 had three goals and an assist for the Brewers.

The Brewers were outscored in the second half, 14-1, in a 24-7 loss to Rochester Institute of Technology March 23 in Rochester, NY. Spencer Duryee ’21 led the offense with a pair of goals.

Babson College defeated Vassar, 13-8, in the Brewers’ final game of their Florida tour on March 19. Michael Mullen ’20 scored five goals.

Vassar opened the Liberty League season with a 16-5 loss to St. Lawrence University March 16 in Tampa, FL. Nick Diamond ’20 had a goal and an assist.

SUNY Maritime defeated Vassar, 8-5, March 13 in the Bronx. James Thomas ’19 scored twice for the Brewers.

Mullen scored four goals and assisted on another, propelling Vassar to a 24-4 victory over Mount Saint Mary College March 5 on Weinberg Field. Connor Deehan ’22 tallied two goals and two assists.

Swarthmore College defeated Vassar, 17-7, March 2 on the Swarthmore (PA) campus. Mullen and Duryee each scored twice.

Men’s Baseball

Taylor Smach '19

Vassar (8-11, 3-5 Liberty League) lost a pair of doubleheaders to Clarkson University March 29 and 30 at Prentiss Field. The Brewers were defeated by scores of 13-3 and 18-5 on March 29 and lost 7-1 and 11-8 March 30. Taylor Smach ’19 had four hits in the two games March 29. Matt Martino ’20 had a home run and 6 RBIs in the second game on March 30.

Vassar split a doubleheader with Bard March 24 on the Bard campus in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY. Vassar lost the first game, 7-6, but won the second, 14-3. Martino and Matt Schwartz ’19 each had two hits and two RBIs in the first game. Starter Joe Conti ’19 went five innings in the second game, giving up just three hits and striking out six.

The Brewers swept a doubleheader from Bard, 5-4 and 7-6, March 23 on the Bard campus. Robert Pinataro ’21 had a single and a double and scored a run in the first game. Connor Levchuck ’21 knocked in the winning run with a single in the seventh inning in the nightcap.

The Brewers finished their Florida trip with a 7-1 loss to Denison University March 18 in Port Charlotte, FL. Vassar’s only run came in the fifth inning when Bryan Rubin ’19 scored on an error. Max Spencer ’20 gave up a run on five hits in five innings.

Babson College defeated Vassar, 12-9, March 17 in Port Charlotte, FL. Daniel Bonfiglio ’20 had two singles, a double, and two RBIs.

Mount Saint Mary College scored three times in the eighth inning to defeat Vassar, 5-3, March 17 in Port Charlotte, FL. Cameron Skudin ’21 knocked in two runs with a single and a sacrifice fly.

Vassar scored eight runs in the sixth and seventh innings and defeated SUNY Canton, 10-2, March 16 in Port Charlotte, FL. Starter Matt McGannon ’21 gave up three hits and struck out seven in six innings of work. Gunnar Widercrantz ’21 reached base four times with two walks, a single, and a double.

North Central University used a five-run seventh inning to defeat Vassar, 7-4, March 15 in Port Charlotte, FL. Smach hit a home run and a triple.

Smach put Vassar ahead for good with a two-run double in the eighth inning, and Vassar went on to defeat Plymouth (NH) State University, 13-10, March 12 in Fort Myers, FL. The hit was Smach’s fourth of the game. Patrick Fitzgerald ’21 pitched two scoreless innings to pick up the save.

Vassar lost to Baruch College, 5-1, March 11 in Fort Myers, FL. The Brewers’ only run came on a bases-loaded walk to Levchuk.

Vassar defeated Fairleigh Dickinson University-Florham, 13-6, but lost to Otterbein University, 6-3, March 10 in Fort Myers, FL. Martino had two singles, a double, and three RBIs in the win over FDU-Florham. Starter Spencer gave up one run in five innings against Otterbein.

The Brewers opened the season with a 10-4 win over Finlandia (MI) University March 9 in Fort Myers. Bonfiglio had an RBI double and later stole home.

Women’s Tennis

Sarra Yekta '21

Vassar (10-5, 4-0 Liberty League) defeated William Smith, 7-2, March 31 on the William Smith campus in Geneva, NY. Frances Cornwall ’21 won her No. 1 singles match and teamed with Tara Edwards ’20 to capture the No. 1 doubles contest.

The Brewers swept all nine matches in their Liberty League match at Ithaca College March 30. Cornwall breezed to a 6-1, 6-0 victory at No. 1 singles. Morgane Flournoy ’19 won in four sets, winning the final set, 11-9, in No. 4 singles.

Vassar closed its Spring Break trip to California with a 5-4 victory over Chapman University March 16 in Orange, CA. The Brewers won four of six singles matches. Cornwall won at No. 1, and Edwards was victorious at No. 3. Melina Stavropoulos ’22 won her singles match and teamed with Sarra Yekta ’21 to win their doubles match.

Vassar blanked Whittier (CA) College, 9-0, March 15 on the Whittier campus. The No. 1 doubles team of Edwards and Cornwall had the toughest match of the day, winning by a score of 8-6.

Vassar lost to California Institute of Technology, 7-2, March 12 in Pasadena, CA.

Stavropoulos and Yekta won their doubles match, and Cornwall remained undefeated in the spring season in singles.

Cornwall won her No. 1 singles match and teamed with Edwards for a victory in No. 1 doubles, propelling Vassar to an 8-1 win over Hardin-Simmons University March 11 in Claremont, CA.

Cornwall posted Vassar’s only win in an 8-1 loss to Bowdoin College March 9 in Palm Desert, CA.

Men’s Tennis

Jeremy Auh '20

The Brewers (6-5, 2-2 Liberty League) won just two of nine matches against league rival Ithaca College March 30 on the winners’ court. Adam Krueger ’21 and Allen Sokolov ’21 won their singles matches.

Vassar won two of three doubles matches after splitting six games in singles, defeating Wooster College, 5-4, March 16 in Claremont, CA. Sokolov and Jeremy Auh ’20 won one doubles match, and Jamie Anderson ’19 and Nick Zuczek ’19 won the other.

Sokolov and Auh posted singles wins, but Vassar fell to Chapman (CA) University, 6-3, March 15 in Orange, CA.

Vassar won five of six singles matches to defeat Principia (IL) College, 6-3, March 14 in Anaheim, CA. Krueger and David Gandham ’21 won their doubles match, and Krueger added a victory in singles.

Krueger and Gandham defeated their doubles opponents, but the Brewers fell to California Institute of Technology, 8-1, March 9 in Pasadena, CA.

Men’s Track

Ayden Gann ’21 finished second in the 1,500-meter run March 30 at the Monmouth Invitational in West Long Branch, NY. Gann posted a personal best 3:59.68. Jack Casalino ’22 was fifth in the 3,000-meter run with a personal best of 8:57.21.

Gann finished second in the 1,500-meter run March 23 at the Stockton Invitational in Galloway, NJ. Sam Kobrin ’19 was fourth in the 3,000.

Women’s Track

Megan Horn ’19 and Kate Lawson ’20 qualified for the All-Atlantic Region Track and Field Championships later this year with impressive times in the 10,000-meter race at the Monmouth Invitational March 30 in West Long Branch, NJ. Elise Matera ’19 was sixth in the 1,500.

Vassar swept the first four spots in the 3,000-meter run March 23 at the Stockton Invitational in Galloway, NJ. Elsa Erling ’21 won the race, followed by Hannah Martin ’22, Megan Horn ’19, and Kate Lawson ’20.

Men’s Fencing

Adlai Brandt-Ogman ’21 finished 20th overall in the foil competition at the NCAA Northeast Regionals at Walker Field House March 9. Michael Jaklitsch ’21 was 32nd in epee, and Graeme Mills ’20, Max Deak ’22, and Nick Williams were 26th, 30th, and 32nd in sabre.

Women’s Fencing

Mirit Rutishauser '19

Rose Hulsey-Vincent ’19 finished 24th overall in epee competition at the NCAA Northeast Regional Championships March 9 at Walker Field House. Zoe Tolbert ’22 and Mirit Rutishauser ’19 were 19th and 27th, respectively, in foil, and Nicoletta Dinelli ’21 was 30th in sabre.

Tolbert won the foil title at the New England Intercollegiate Fencing Conference tournament March 2 in Wellesley, MA. Hulsey-Vincent was runner-up in the epee competition.

Deak finished third in the sabre competition at the New England Intercollegiate Fencing Conference tournament March 2 in Wellesley, MA. Jaklitsch was seventh in epee, and Chris Gaehde ’22 finished eighth in foil.

Women’s Rugby

Vassar opened the spring season with a 75-5 victory over Stony Brook University March 30 at Vassar Farm. Emma Manzella ’21 had three tries. Kate Sworden ’19, Caroline James ’21, Oshana Reich ’19, and Kira Nolan ’21 each scored twice.

Men’s Rugby

Vassar launched the spring season with wins over three local rivals March 31 at Vassar Farm. The Brewers defeated Bard College, 30-5, SUNY New Paltz, 27-5, and Marist, 31-5. Nate Cuson ’20 scored two tries in each game.