Liberty League playoffs approaching, crucial games ahead

Freshman Grace Goodwin-Boyd chases after ground ball in home match against Connecticut College. With a pair of goals from Goodwin-Boyd, Vassar topped Bard College 14-3 on April 14. / Courtesy of Carlisle Stockton

Women’s Lacrosse

The Vassar women’s lacrosse team cruised over Bard College 14-3 to advance its conference record to 3-2. Vassar went on a scoring spree early in the game and headed into halftime ahead 10-1. Then after the break, the Brewers notched off a few more goals and maintained possession to seal the victory.

Freshmen Adele MacEwen, Grace Goodwin-Boyd and Kelly Pushie, along with junior Storm Sideleau and senior Julia Trudell all tallied two goals apiece. Meanwhile, sophomores Fiona MacLeod and Lindsay Wolk, junior Amelia Rivoir and freshman Tessa Waters all contributed one goal. Senior Phoebe Hankins and Wolk led the pack in assists, dishing out two each against the Raptors.

The Brewers will next head into a crucial Liberty League weekend against Skidmore College and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute on Friday, April 21 and Saturday, April 22.

Men’s Volleyball

Unfortunately, the Brewers were unable to hold their 14-game winning streak as they competed in the United Volleyball Conference (UVC) semi-final game against New Paltz.

No. 2 Vassar was eventually topped 3-1 by the defending national champions New Paltz with scores of 32-34, 22-25, 26-24 and 25-18.

The Hawks earned the win as they claimed every category (points, kills, aces, assists and digs), except for blocks. To surpass New Paltz in blocks, junior Matt Knigge led the team with eight blocks, while sophomore George Diehl and fellow junior Brian Manley each added four.

Knigge also posted 19 kills and two assists.

Junior Zechariah Lee also posted multiple teamhigh statistics with 44 assists, eight digs and two aces. Seniors Christian Lizana and Trey Cimorelli tied Lee for a team-high eight digs.

The team’s long faces did not last long as VC clinched a spot in the NCAA Division III Championships! The Brewers will play on April 28 against the winner of the match-up between Kean University and New Paltz.

Men’s Rowing

In the first Vassar-hosted regatta in over a decade, the Brewers raced against the University of Albany on Saturday, April 15 on the Hudson River. VC took home a victory in both the Varsity 8+ and the Second Varsity 8+.

In the Varsity 8+, junior Janet Ortiz served as coxswain, leading seniors Andrew Wang, Jake Brekelbaum and Lucas Kautz, junior Aron Sulovari, sophomores Vin Brana, Alex Goff and Daniel Otto and freshman Aiden Glaser-Schoff. The V8+ squad finished in 6:31, to secure the fastest time of the day and to top Albany by a whopping 35 seconds.

Then in the 2V8+, junior Jonathan Snyder took the role of Coxswain, joining junior Jake Brody, freshmen Travis Walker and Aiden Lavis, Otto, Brana, Goff and Glaser-Schoff. The squad fought hard to earn a four-second victory at 7:04.

Next weekend, the team will face Albany once more in addition to racing Skidmore College on Saturday, April 22 before heading to the President’s Cup at West Point on Sunday.

Women’s Rowing

Racing on the Hudson River, the women’s rowing team took on Sarah Lawrence University and the University of Albany on Saturday, April 15 in four events.

First up, the Varsity 4+ earned an impressive 39 second victory as they finished the 2000m course in just 8:02. This squad was made up of junior Janet Ortiz at Coxswain, senior Lianne May and sophomores Julia Blass, Lauren Osojnak and Haley Kardek.

The victories continued as the Second Varsity 8+ took home an eight second win over Albany with a time of 6:37. The Second Varsity 8+ consisted of freshman Coxswain Elle McKenzie, freshmen Parker Marks, Colette Cambey, Kiera Mulvehill, Isabelle Hart and Sofias Rodas, juniors Clara Arndtsen and Claire Baker and sophomore Emily Laschanzky.

The third win came at the hands of the Varsity 8+ led by McKenzie. This time around, McKenzie was joined by freshman Emma Wiley, junior Zofia Siwicka, sophomores Katie Emery, Olivia Hodel and Amanda Su, Blass, Osojnak and May. This squad finished way before Albany’s time of 9:01 as it clocked in at 7:34.

Multiple Brewers returned to the water to compete in the final event, Novice 8+. In this event, the Brewers bested Albany and Sarah Lawrence by 29 seconds.

VC will next travel to face Albany, Skidmore College and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute on Saturday, April 22, and will compete in the President’s Cup at West Point on April 22.

Senior Elijah Winston races to the finish line at the Silfen Invitational on April 15. Winston
earned two impressive fourth place wins last weekend in the 400m and the 4x100m relay. / Courtesy of Carlisle Stockton

Men’s Track and Field

The Vassar men’s track and field team traveled to new London, CT to compete in the Silfen Invitational last weekend. Only a few Brewers competed on Friday as competitors in the elite portion, while the whole team participated in Saturday’s events.

On Friday, junior Jared Freedman earned 13th place in the 800m with a personal-best time of 1:58.31, while senior Gabe Fishman took home 11th place in the 1500m with a time of 4:05.86.

On Saturday, senior Elijah Winston shined as earned fourth place in the 400m with a season-best time of 51.03.

Next up, freshman Anthony von Steuben chalked up an eighth place finish in the 100m with a 11.47, followed by junior Kyle Estrada at 16th place with a time of 11.59.

While Fishman took home 11th place overall in the 1500m, junior Philip Brown finished in 4:13.08 for 15th place as fellow junior Jesse Schatz earned 17th place with a career-best 4:13.28.

Winston then earned another fourth place finish as he joined Estrada, von Steuben and freshman Skylar Widman for the 4x100m relay for a combined season-best time of 45.42. Lastly, freshman Jonah Goldenbird clinched eight place in the pole vault.

Next up, the squad will host the Liberty League Championships on Saturday, April 22.

Women’s Track and Field

On April 14 and 15, VC competed at Connecticut College in the Silfen Invitational.

Senior Alex Gittens ran well on Friday, April 14 as she posted a 2:18.50 in the 800m to earn fifth. Meanwhile, junior Savannah Wiman finished the 1500m in fourth place with a personal-best 4:51.76.

On Saturday, field events were particularly favorable for the Brewers. In the shot put, freshman Jackie Cenan surpassed her old school record as she posted 11.33 meters to earn seventh place. Meanwhile, freshman Sabrina Stacks took home 10th place in the javelin with a 29.99 meter throw, as sophomore Annelise Depman jumped 10.24 meters to earn fifth place in the triple jump.

The freshmen continued their success as Max Wagh collected a 10th place finish in the pole vault with a cleared height of 2.5m. Then, in the high jump, freshman Penelope Mort Ranta clinched fifth place after clearing 1.48m.

Gittens returned strong on Saturday as she posted a season-beat 27.92 in the 200m to nab fifth place. Behind Gittens, sophomore Michelle Perri earned 21st place, posting a personal-best time of 28.65.

To wrap up the victories, the 4×400 relay squad of Wiman, Gittens, Mort Ranta and freshman Sarah Newman ran a 4:16.35 to earn fifth place.

Returning home, the Brewers will train for the Liberty League Championships on Saturday, April 22 on Weinberg Track.

Men’s Lacrosse

Recently earning the No. 20 rank in Division III, the Vassar men’s lacrosse team was unable to beat No. 9 Saint Lawrence in a tough conference battle.

Although the game started off as a close contest, the Saints eventually ran away with a 14-8 victory. Senior Chris Billups was the first Brewer to reach the back of the net with the help of sophomore James Thomas. Minutes later, senior Sam Houston-Read tied the game at two with a goal, assisted by freshman Michael Mullen.

Vassar would score six more goals during the contest. Senior Brandon DeStasio, Liam Moriarty and freshman Matt Lowrey would each tally one goal, while Houston-Read notched a second and Billups added two more to round out his hat track.

Sophomore goalkeeper Matt Boyd held strong for the Brewers as he posted 15 saves.

The Brewers hope to get back on track as they take on No. 7 Rochester Institute of Technology on Saturday, April 22.

Men’s Tennis

Vying for a spot in the Liberty League playoffs, Vassar took on the RPI Engineers on Saturday, April 15. Unfortunately, the Engineers topped the Brewers 6-3.

Nevertheless, VC stayed in the battle for the beginning of the match. RPI claimed the first win of the day as the Engineers defeated freshman Allen Sokolov and senior Juan Felipe Laso 8-4 at No. 2 singles. Vassar then tied the match with a 8-5 victory at No. 3 doubles at the hands of senior Nick Litsky and sophomore Nick Zuczek. Then the Engineers took the lead once more as they claimed a 8-3 win at No. 1 doubles against senior Alexander Luckmann and freshman Jeremy Auh.

Heading into singles play, Litsky clinched his 16th victory of the season, with an easy 6-0, 6-0 win at the No. 1 spot. RPI would take the next three matches: Laso was topped at No. 3 with scores of 6-2, 2-6, 4-6, sophomore Jamie Anderson fell 1-6, 5-7 at No. 4 and Sokolov was bested 6-3, 3-6, 1-6 at No. 2.

Auh claimed the last win for the Burgundy and Gray as he earned a 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 win at No. 5. Then, in the last match of the day, Luckmann was unable to secure the win at No. 6, falling 5-7, 6-1, 4-6.

The Brewers look to regain conference domination as they host St. Lawrence University for Senior Day on Sunday, April 23.

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