Men’s Cross Country | Nov. 5 | ECAC Championships
This past weekend, the Vassar men’s cross country team went across the river to the Hudson Valley Sportsdome for the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championships. The Brewers dominated the meet, not only finishing in first place out of 13 teams, but beating second place by almost 50 points. Vassar had all seven runners place in the top 20, including five who earned All-ECAC honors. Levi Lilienthal ’25 was Vassar’s top finisher, running a time of 29:10, good for fifth overall. Not far behind was Arlo Rucker ’26 in seventh place, finishing with a time of 29:18. Kai Chang ’25 came across the line with a time of 29:38 and finished 11th overall. To round out the All-ECAC runners, Nick Redstone ’25 and Doug Cobb ’23 [Disclaimer: Doug Cobb is Sports Editor for The Miscellany News] finished back to back in 14th and 15th place with times of 29:44.1 and 29:44.9, respectively. Lukas Muzila ’23 and Jackson Bernreuter ’25 also finished back to back with times of 30:02 and 30:07 to place 17th and 18th overall, completing Vassar’s top seven. Up next for the Brewers is the NCAA Mideast Regional Championship in Canton, NY, on Saturday, Nov. 12.
Women’s Rugby | Nov. 5-6 | Tri-State Rugby Championships
After dominating Marist College 76-19 on Oct. 30 to advance to the semifinals of the Tri- State Rugby Championships, the Vassar Brewers picked up right where they left off with their 48-0 victory over the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) this past Saturday. The Brew- ers spread around the scoring, with tries from Caeli Porette ’23, Julia Wolff ’26, Sophia Bailey ’26, Isabel Rodriguez ’25, Katie Canavan ’24 and Yasmeen Kassem-Scott ’26, including two apiece from Porette and Bailey. Additionally, Zoe Lynch ’25 had four cons. The commanding shutout victory put Vassar in the finals, up against the only team that has beaten them thus far this season: Fairfield University. The Brewers came out of the gate strong, going up 21-5 at the half. They never looked back, increasing their lead to 28-5 in the second half before a garbage time score from Fairfield made the final score 28-10 in favor of Vassar. The Brewers got tries from Bailey (2), Kassem-Scott and Lauren Showalter ’24. Lynch again had four cons. The Tri-State Conference Championship victory punched Vassar’s ticket to the CRAA Championships in early December in Matthews, NC.
Field Hockey | Nov. 1-4 | Liberty League Championships
The Vassar field hockey team made it to the semifinals of the Liberty League championship tournament before getting knocked out by the University of Rochester by a score of 0-2. Last Tuesday, Nov. 1, the Brewers cruised past Skidmore College 2-0 at home in the first round of the tournament. In the first quarter, Jaclyn Narleski ’24 scored to put the Brewers on the board, and then in the next quarter, Hailey Brigger ’24 made it 2-0 with a goal of her own. The Brewers continued to play dominant defense in the second half and got the shutout to advance to the semifinals. On Friday, Nov. 4, the Brewers traveled to Rochester, NY, to play the top seeded University of Rochester. The first quarter was scoreless, while the second quarter saw two shots from Vassar saved by the goalie before Rochester was able to open up the scoring and take a 1-0 lead. The second half was more of the same, as Vassar had a number of shots but the team just wasn’t able to get any into the net as Rochester doubled their lead and took home the victory 2-0 to advance to the final. The loss moved Vassar to 13-6 on the year and ended the season.
Men’s Soccer | Nov. 4 | Liberty League Championships
The Vassar men’s soccer team suffered a heartbreaking loss to Skidmore College in a shootout in the semifinals of the Liberty League championship tournament. Both teams played lockdown defense for all of regulation and the two 10-minute overtime periods. Vassar outshot Skidmore 16-14 but just couldn’t quite get anything in the net. After the two over-time periods it came down to a shootout. Duncan Keker ’25 scored Vassar’s first shot to put the Brewers up 1-0 as Skidmore missed the first shot. Vassar missed the second shot and Skidmore made theirs, so it was tied 1-1 going into the third shot. Vassar again missed and Skidmore took advantage by scoring to go up 2-1. But the Brewers weren’t quite finished yet, with Charlie Rodhouse ’25 sending Vassar’s fourth shot into the net to tie it up at 2-2 and a miss from Skidmore ensured that the game headed to the fifth and final shot. Unfortunately, Vassar’s run ended there when Skidmore scored on the fifth attempt and the Brewers couldn’t find the net, sealing their fate 2-3 in the shootout. Eric Wnorowski ’23 had four saves for the Brewers in goal. Despite the loss, Vassar received an at-large bid for the NCAA Tournament at Bowdoin College, where the Brewers will face Babson College in the first round on Saturday, Nov. 12.