VC sports boast early season victories 9/12/13

Men’s Cross Country


The Vassar College men’s cross country team began their season on Saturday, August 30 at the Marist Invitational. The men placed third, edged out by second place Iona College and first place Marist College. They were led by sophomore Jonah Williams who took 15th overall, followed by junior Eliot Gerson in 17th. Junior Colin Hepburn, junior Brian Deer and senior Harry Feigen rounded out the Brewers’ top five. On Saturday, September 7, teams hosted the Ron Stonitsch Invitational. The men placed second to champions State University of New York at New Paltz. Freshman Alfredo Mazzuca, who was named Liberty League Rookie of the Week on September 9th, placed second overall and Williams came in 6th while Feigen set a personal best in the 6k with a time of 19:42.28.


Women’s Cross Country


The Vassar College women’s cross country team also placed 3rd, just seven points shy of Division I second-place Iona College. Sophomore Ava Farrell had her first place finish for the Brewers, coming in 8th overall. Junior Cassidy Carpenter, senior Emily Garber and junior Nicole Woodworth all also finished in the top 15. The women also placed second in the Ron Stonitsch Invitational. The freshmen trio of Kate Snider, Lucy Balcezak and Jemma Howlett all placed in the top 13, while Farrell narrowly missed her personal best. Kate Snider was named Liberty League Rookie of the Week on Monday.


Women’s Field Hockey


The Vassar College women’s field fockey team defeated Keystone College 7-1 on August 30. Goals were scored by senior Tina Caso and Kerrin Poole, junior Dara Davis, sophomores Lauren Wiebe and Bianca Zarella, and freshman Hayley Beach. On September 6, the team edged out Manhattanville University in overtime 2-1, with Davis and Wiebe scoring the two goals. On September 7, the Brewers faced the Pioneers of Smith College and lost a close one in overtime, 3-2. Senior Caroline Stanton contributed one goal, while Wiebe scored the other one.


Men’s Soccer


The Men’s soccer team started off their season strong with a 3-1 win against State University of New York at New Paltz on August 30. Junior striker Tom Weichert had a hat trick during the game, scoring on three out of four shots on net; his efforts earned him Liberty League Offensive Performer of the Week. On September 4, the team traveled to Western Connecticut State University and took home a 4-0 win. Weichert scored two of the Brewers’ four goals and senior Juliano Pereira scored two as well. Senior Goalkeeper Ryan Grimme made five saves on nine shots while sophomore keeper Sebastien Lasseur made two. The team picked up their first loss of the season in an overtime 2-1 loss against Haverford College on September 7. Grimme had seven saves in the contest and junior Zach Nasipak had the lone goal for the Brewers. On September 8, men’s soccer picked up a 3-1 win against Ursinus College. Pereira, Wiechert, and Nasipak rounded out the scoring for the Brewers, while Grimme recorded six saves.


Women’s Soccer
The women’s soccer team started off their season strong, picking up two wins. On August 30 they defeated Mount Saint Mary College 4-1. Junior Chloe Wheeler notched two goals for the Brewers. Sophomore Emma Nichols had eight saves in the contest. On Saturday September 7, the Brewers headed to Hoboken, NJ to participate in the Stevens Engineering Cup. They defeated Stevens Institute of Technology 2-1 in double overtime during the opening round. Nichols set her collegiate career-high of 15 saves in the contest.


Women’s Volleyball


The women’s volleyball team began their season by defeating Misericordia University and Cedar Crest College on Monday, September 2. The Brewers defeated Misericordia University 3-0. Junior Taylor Mosley had 14 kills and freshman Gabby Miller recorded eight kills, four aces and five digs. Sophomore libero Chloe Hallum had a game-high 17 digs. Vassar also defeated Cedar Crest College 3-0 while senior Jessie Ditmore recorded a team best seven kills. The Brewers next hosted the Vassar College Invitational starting on September 6. The Brewers lost 3-0 to Stevens Institute of Technology but earned the split by defeating Massachusetts Institute of Technology 3-1. Mosley had 11 kills and 14 digs along with three blocks in the first contest and Hallum had 22 digs. The Invitational continued the next day, and Vassar began the day by defeating Nationally Ranked No. 24 State University of New York at Cortland. Mosley had 13 kills and 11 digs, while junior Marie Pitre had 10 kills and four digs, two aces and three assisted blocks. Senior setter Rose Carman had a career high 38 assists and nine digs and Hallum had 23 defensive saves. The Brewers ultimately were defeated by New York University 3-1. They will next host Williams College on Wednesday, September 11.


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