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Sophomore Kristin Diep gazes pensively into the distance. The team finished seventh out of 12 teams at the Vassar College Invitational and was led by senior Aimee Dubois who shot an 85 on the day. Photo courtesy of Vassar Athletics

Women’s Tennis

The Vassar women’s tennis team went un­defeated this weekend to capture its second straight Seven Sisters Championship title. On Saturday, the Brewers bested both Bryn Mawr and Smith 5-0. The following day Vassar beat Mount Holyoke 4-1 before taking Wellesley by the same score to win the tournament. Sopho­more Morgan Fitzgerald clenched the victory for the Brewers after accomplishing a 6-1, 6-3 win at three singles. Sophomore Kate Chris­tensen, junior doubles pair Hanna McGuire and Shayna Becker, and No. 2 doubles team fresh­man Morgane Flournoy and senior Kelsey Van Noy all earned All-Seven Sisters Team. After this weekend, the women are now 11-6 over­all. Vassar will play Massachusetts Institute of Technology next on April 16 at home at noon.

Men’s Tennis

The Brewers traveled to Massachusetts this past weekend to take on Massachusetts In­stitute of Technology on Friday before facing a double header against Brandeis University and Emerson College on Saturday. MIT proved tough competition, as the men lost 8-1, with the only win coming from senior Daniel Cooper at one singles. This victory marks Cooper’s 13th win of the season. The men fell 0-9 to tough competitor Brandeis, but rebounded with an 8-1 victory over Emerson. After the weekend, the Brewers now hold an overall record of 7-11. Vassar will hit the road again on Sunday April 17 for Liberty League play against Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Men’s Lacrosse:

On April 9, the Vassar men’s lacrosse team resumed Liberty League play as they took on Clarkson University at home. The men cap­tured their first win over Clarkson in program history, 10-9. Senior Noah Parson posted four goals, including the game-winner, while fresh­man James Thomas and junior Brandon De­Stasio each added two goals for the Brewers. Junior goalkeeper Brandon Crecco contributed tremendously to the victory with a season-high 24 saves. The men now stand 6-4 overall and 2-1 in conference play. Vassar takes on Farmingdale State College on April 13 before another Liberty League game on April 16 against St. Lawrence University.

Women’s Lacrosse

Competition this weekend proved difficult for the Vassar women’s lacrosse team, as they lost two Liberty League contests at home. Al­though the Brewers competed well, they fell short against Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 10-8 on Friday. Sophomore Storm Sideleau led the team with three goals while junior Julia Trudell contributed two. On Saturday, Skid­more College challenge Vassar even more, besting the team 11-5. Sideleau again posted the most goals with two while freshman goalkeeper Kristin Caolo had nine saves. The women now hold a 5-4 overall record and are 1-2 in confer­ence play. Vassar will continue Liberty League competition on the road this weekend, first tak­ing on St. Lawrence University on April 15 and then Clarkson University the following day.

Baseball

The Vassar men’s baseball team split the dou­ble-header at home on April 10 against Liberty League foe Clarkson University. The squad lost the first 2-9 but captured the second 9-7. The Golden Knights outplayed the Brewers in the first game as only senior Brooks English and ju­nior Mike Koscielniak earned runs. Despite the loss, Vassar bounced back in the second. Ko­scielniak, English and junior Denis Shanagher each contributed two runs in the win. The men hold a 10-10 overall record and a 6-4 conference record. The Brewers have three home games this week, first The College at Old Westbury on April 13, Stevens Institute of Technology April 16 and a double header against Baruch College April 17.

Women’s Rugby

The lady ruggers faced off against pow­erhouse University of Connecticut this past weekend and fell 22-35 in a tough contest. UCo­nn got out to a dominant 21-0 lead and finished the first half up 35-12. Vassar battled back in the second and held UConn scoreless, but the dam­age had already been done.

Men’s Track

A small group of runners from the Vassar men’s track team competed in the Sam How­ell Invitational April 8 at Princeton University. Sophomore Michael Scarlett set the new Vas­sar school record in the 5000-meter run with a time of 15:07.65 to top the previous record of 15:10.00. The earlier record, set by alum Steve Money in 2003, was the second-oldest school record before Scarlett bested it. On Saturday, Vassar traveled to Galloway, NJ on Saturday for the Osprey Open hosted by Stockton Universi­ty. The men will travel to New London, CT on April 15 for weekend competition in the Silfen Invite.

Women’s Track

Senior Ava Farrell and junior Lucy Balcezak represented the Vassar women’s track team at the Sam Howell Invitational at Princeton Uni­versity on April 8. Balcezak ran a season-best tine of 2:18.17 in the 800-meter run, finishing 19th amongst Division I runners. Farrell fin­ished with a personal-best time of 4:58.43 in the 1500-meter contest. The following day, the en­tire women’s squad ran in the Stockton Osprey Open in Galloway, NJ. The Brewers will next compete in the Silfen Invite on April 15 and 16 in New London, CT.

Golf

This past weekend, the Vassar women’s golf team hosted the 12th annual Vassar College In­vitational, finishing seventh of 12 teams on the first day of competition and sixth on the sec­ond day. Senior Aimee Dubois led the pack on Saturday with a 13 over 85 while fellow senior Angela Mentel finished with an 87 for the day.

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