Vassar Sports Roundup: Apr. 21

Men’s Track and Field | Silfen Invitational | April 15-16

This past weekend the Vassar Men’s Track and Field team traveled to Connecticut College for the Silfen Invitational. The events started on Friday, April 15, with another historic performance from Jack Casalino ’22, who set a new program record in the 5,000 meters with a time of 14:41.58, good for sixth overall in a competitive field. Aidan Mayer ’24 had a strong performance in the 3,000 meter steeplechase taking second overall in a time of 9:40.43. Later that evening, Miles Takiguchi ’23 made history of his own by smashing Casalino’s program record in the 10K with a time of 30:00.98. This time earned Takiguchi a second place finish at the meet and was good for 12th in all of Division III as of Friday night. The next day saw Darnell Worley ’24 set personal bests in both 100 meters and 200 meters with times of 11.38 and 22.66 respectively. Worley finished 21st in the 100 meters and 19th in the 200 meters. Rey Claro ’24 set a personal best of 3.36 meters in the pole vault to earn a seventh place finish and Tim Buchan ’25 set a personal best in the 1,500 meters with a time of 4:05.90 to earn 15th place overall. Max Bergman ’25 finished a long weekend of events by placing ninth overall in his first decathlon with a score of 4,432 points. Next up for the Brewers is the Farley Invitational at Williams College on April 23.


Women’s Track and Field | Silfen Invitational | April 15-16

Last weekend the women’s track and field team competed at the Silfen Invitational at Connecticut College. On Friday, the meet started with some distance events and field events. Soleil Yuong ’25 set a personal best in the discus of 28.18 meters, good for 21st overall. Both Sasha Allison ’22 and Noni Pattington ’25 ran personal bests in the 5,000 meters of 18:07.97 and 18:31.25 respectively. Allison finished 11th and Pattington took 18th. The next day saw first-year Traci Francis ’25 finish ninth in the 100 meters with a time of 12.65 and Ava Novak ’24 finish 11th overall in the 200 meters with a time of 26.43. Kayleigh Mason ’24 set a personal best of 1:16.84 in the 400 meter hurdles and placed 18th overall. But the busiest athletes this weekend were the heptathletes, who each competed in seven events over the span of two days. First-year Faye Stevens ’25 set a program record with 3,596 points, which earned her fourth overall at the meet. Elinor Kops ’25 had a strong first heptathlon as well, finishing eighth overall with 3,233 points. Sophomore Jackie Morrison ’24 finished right behind Kops in ninth place with a score of 3,160 points. The Brewers will next head to Williams College for the Farley Invitational on April 23.


Men’s Baseball | 2-1 | April 13,16

Men’s baseball went 2-1 this past week with a dominant 22-3 victory over City College of New York (CCNY) and a split in a doubleheader against division leader Skidmore, winning the first game 7-6 and losing the second 2-5. On April 13, against CCNY, the Brewers went down 1-0 early in the first inning, but starting pitcher Pat Kerrigan ’25 got out of trouble with a strikeout to keep it within one run heading into the bottom of the inning. Vassar immediately responded with a five run inning of their own, and then replicated that number in the second, third and sixth innings. At the end of the seventh, it was 21-1 in favor of the Brewers and after each team added some runs in the eighth, Vassar was able to take the win 22-3. Both Andrew Kanellis ’23 and Ty Murray ’24 had home runs; Marc Milano ’25 had four RBIs; and Kerrigan pitched five innings, struck out six and gave up only one unearned run. In the doubleheader on April 16 against Skidmore, Vassar found themselves in a 1-0 hole in the third inning of game one. But in the bottom of the third, Alex Warren ’23 led off with a triple and later scored on a fielder’s choice to tie the game at one apiece. The next few innings were all Vassar, with the Brewers taking a 6-1 lead into the seventh inning behind home runs from Kanellis and Ricardo Reyna ’25. But Skidmore put up a crooked number in the top of the seventh to tie things up at 6-6. Vassar responded with a walk off single from Warren to win game 1 7-6. Game two was rough from the start, with Skidmore taking a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Vassar responded with a run of their own in the bottom of the inning but after trading off a few more runs, Skidmore was able to pull out the 5-2 victory. The Brewers are now 11-15 on the year, including 3-8 in the Liberty League. Vassar will next travel to New Paltz on Wednesday, April 20th.


Men’s and Women’s Rowing | Hamilton Regatta | April 16, 2022

Fighting rainy and cold conditions, both the men’s and women’s rowing teams competed in Troy, NY at the Hamilton Regatta this past weekend. The men’s Second Varsity Eight boat placed third overall in a time of 7:21.11. The crew was made up of coxswain Jean Fassler ’25, Nick Winkler ’24, Rafi Ettinger-Finley ’24, Ben Vinson ‘25, Lucas Angles ’23, Bela Arwen ’23, Gage Karlin ’24, Joshua Hernandez ’24 and Alex Roth ’24. In the men’s Varsity Four, Vassar placed second overall behind St. Lawrence with a time of 8:47.33 in a boat that included Fassler as coxswain, Winkler, Ettinger-Finley, Matthew Peeples ’24 and Willem Doherty ’25. On the women’s side, Vassar’s Varsity Four boat won in a time of 8:39.21 with a crew of Sarah Winickoff ’25, Sarah Dumaresq ’24, Clare Mitchell ’24, Anna Bishop ’25 and rookie coxswain Abigail Straus ’25. The women’s Second Varsity Eight boat posted a time of 7:55.75 with a crew of Dumaresq at coxswain, Posey Whidden ’25, Rebecca Middlen ’25, Paris James ’24, Straus, Foster Schrader ’25, Risha Kulkarni ’25, Kathleen Brawley ’25 and Cayla Kallman ’25. Both the men and women will compete at Saratoga Springs for the New York State Championships next Saturday, April 23.


Women’s Tennis | 1-1 | April 13 & 16

Vassar Women’s Tennis fell to Army, but overcame Skidmore College this past week to go 1-1 in competition and 13-2 overall on the season. In their non-conference match against Army, the Brewers dropped a 4-0 decision. Playing in a DI format, the squad lost their doubles point to Army, falling behind in every doubles match to go down 0-1. Unfortunately, the Brewers were unable to bounce back, losing in their remaining singles matches to finish the day 0-4. The team returned to play the following Saturday, facing off against conference rival Skidmore. The match proved to be a thrilling one for the Brewers, as the 32nd-ranked squad bested the 23rd-ranked Thoroughbreds 5-4. After going down 2-1 in doubles action, the Brewers fought back hard to overcome the deficit in singles action. Wins from Tatum Blalock ’23 at one, Elyse Duley ’25 at two, Melina Stavropoulos ’22 and lastly, Sofie Shen ’24 propelled Vassar to the victory. For Shen’s critical play on Saturday, she earned Liberty League Singles Performer of the Week honors. The team next hosts Union College on April 23 in their second to last regular season match.


Men’s Tennis | W 7-2 vs. St. Lawrence | April 16

The Brewers powered past league opponent St. Lawrence University (SLU) 7-2 on Saturday to improve to 8-6 overall and 4-2 in league play. The team started off well as they finished doubles play 2-1, with Mathew Yee ’22 and Arnav Agostinho ’25 besting SLU’s number one pairing 8-6, and Jay Wong ’24 and Benjamin Almquist ’24 also winning 8-6 at number two. Vassar then dominated in singles action, winning from the number one spot down to the number 5 spot to secure the W. Wong overcame his opponent 6-3, 7-6 at number one, while Yee grinded out a 3-6, 6-2 and 6-4 win at number two. Almquist captured his point with 6-4, 7-6 (8-6) victory, and Agostinho also beat his opponent in a three set win. Mihajlo Ivanovic ’22 officially notched the win at number 5 with a back and forth 7-6 (7-3), 4-6, 6-3 victory. The men’s tennis team will next compete at home versus Union College on April 23 in hopes of continuing their positive momentum.


Men’s Lacrosse | L 7-19 vs. St. Lawrence | April 16

Men’s lacrosse toughed out a tough 7-19 loss to no. 11-ranked St. Lawrence on Saturday, falling to 1-4 in league play and 6-6 on the season. Despite holding a 2-1 lead early on due to goals from Riley Olds ’23 and Logan Hyde ’22, the Brewers proved unable to carry on with the Saints’ pressure. Shane O’Hara ’25 also added a tally in the first half to make the score 10-3 going into the intermission. Tommy Van Pelt ’22, Dan Negron ’24, Ian Zampano ’24 and Hayden Baranker ’24 additionally contributed goals in the second half to make the final score 7-19. Other noted efforts came from faceoff-man Thomas Cameron ’24 as he went 12-of-24 in the circle, and Jack Bagin ’23 in goal as he recorded 20 saves against 17 goals in his time on the field. The Brewers next return to play on April 23 for the team’s Senior Day against Clarkson University.


Women’s Lacrosse | L 12-18 vs. Union | April 16

Despite keeping it close for most of the game, Vassar Women’s Lacrosse fell to Union College 12-18 on the team’s Senior Day this past Saturday, dropping to 1-6 in league play and 3-6 on the season. The Brewers and the Dutchwomen remained close throughout the first half, as the two teams battled back and forth for the lead in both quarters, with Union ultimately coming out on top 10-9 going into the intermission. Goals from Ashley Roberts ’22, Maddy Kretten ’23, Annie Uyeki ’23 and Kali Ringler ’25 helped lead the way for the Brewers in the first 30 minutes of action. The squad was unable to keep the score close throughout the second half; Union slowly pulled away as they notched four goals each in the third quarter and fourth quarter, while Vassar only put up three more the rest of the match with contributions from Roberts, Yael Gelman ’24 and Zola Sullivan ’25. Kretten led the way for the Brewers, notching five points and five draw controls, while Trina Chou ’23 also added five draw controls. The squad next travels to Bard College on April 20 and St. Lawrence University on April 23.


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