On Monday, Dec. 2, the Liberty League named sophomore guard Erikson Wasyl to the league Honor Roll. Wasyl recently earned a career-high in points at the team’s game against Western Connecticut State University. Fifteen of those points were earned during the second half, finishing the game 7-for-11, 3-for-five behind the arc and 9-of-12 on the line. The Connecticut native averaged 7.1 points per game last season, ending the season with a total of 157 points. He was second on the team in 3-point shots.
In high school, Wasyl played four years on the Varsity squad, earning All-Shoreline Conference and All-State honors twice. He also was named Academic All-State and earned 1,000 points during his high school career.
Vassar Athletics named junior forward and co-captain Alex Snyder as a featured athlete this week. Snyder aided in the team’s 78-70 win over Western Connecticut State University last week, and recorded his third double-double this season for the Vassar College team. He racked up 10 points by the end of the game and also had a game-high of three blocks. Last year, Snyder received All-Liberty League honorable mention three times, averaging 5.8 rebounds and 7.9 points per game. He also led the team in scoring with an average of 11.1 points per game.
On Tuesday, Dec. 3, the team competed against the Drew University Rangers at 7 p.m. in the Athletic and Fitness Center. The team won with a final score of 63-53, improving on their already strong record for the beginning of the season. Junior forward Luka Ladan had a standout game, going 5-for-10 from the field and five-for-seven from the free throw line. Ladan had a career-high 13 rebounds, 11 of which were defensive. Snyder earned his fourth double-double of the season with 15 points and 10 rebounds, seven of which were offensive. Senior forward co-captain Evan Carberry and junior guard Curtis Smith each had five points. This is the first time that the Brewers have had a four-game winning streak since the 2007-08 season.
The Brewers now stand at 4-1, while Drew University is 3-2. The men’s basketball team will next compete against the Connecticut College Camels next Tuesday, December 10. The game will take place at home at the Athletic and Fitness Center at 7:00 p.m.
On Tuesday, Dec. 3, the women’s basketball team received their first ever national ranking. The USA Today Division III Top 25 Coaches Poll placed 25th on the list with 10 votes. The team was also noted on DIIIhoops.com, but this is the first time in history that the team has it to the top 25. Senior guard Cydni Matsuoka from Sacramento, California was named to the Liberty League Honor Roll for the fourth time this season.
Junior guard Allyson Pemberton was named a featured athlete this week by Vassar Athletics, helping to create a 12-point win over Wesleyan last weekend. She scored six points on three-on-three shooting and had three assists in only 14 minutes. So far this season, Pemberton has averaged 4.3 points.
Last season, Pemberton averaged 2.6 points per game and 1.2 rebounds per game. In her freshman year, she had a career-high of 10 points and six rebounds in the team’s match against Bard College. In high school, Pemberton earned Dual County All-Star honors both her junior and senior year.
The team currently stands with a record of 4-0, going undefeated thus far. They will next host No. 3 Montclair University at home next Tuesday at 7 p.m. The team will also travel to Las Vegas, NV on December 28 to take part in the Vegas Hoopla Tournament, playing against No. 4 Amherst College.
On Monday, Dec. 2, the women’s tennis team reached out to the community, serving dinner at the Lunch Box, a soup kitchen located in the local area of Poughkeepsie in the Hudson Valley area. The team also plans to participate in the Dutchess Outreach Adopt-a-Family Program this month to provide holiday gifts to local families. The team looks to continue this tradition next semester as well, as part of their three-year participation with the organization Dutchess Outreach. Next semester, they will conduct an on-campus food drive for the food pantry at Dutchess Outreach. The women’s tennis team will compete against Muhlenberg College later in the month of February in Walker Field House at 12:00 p.m.
On Tuesday, Dec. 2, the Liberty League released the Fall 2013 season’s All-Academic Squads for the current season. 51 Vassar College student-athletes from various fall sports teams were named to the squad.
Men’s cross country, women’s cross country, field hockey, men’s soccer and women’s soccer each had nine student-athletes named to the All-Academic team, while women’s volleyball had six members. Student-athletes must be a sophomore or above to qualify for the Liberty League All-Academic squad.