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What a Kick! Brewers Soccer in Division III Championship Play

For the first time ever, Vassar’s mens soccer team made it to National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Men’s Division III championship round of play. More than 300 spectators packed the sidelines at Prentiss Field and cheered the Brewers to 2-1 first round win in sudden death overtime against Cabrini College. The second round of the tournament pitted the Brewers against New Jersey Collegiate Athletic Association champions Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. But the Brewers hard work and determination were no match for their opponent’s talent and speed. They lost the championship bid 0-4. Despite the second round loss, the Brewers were proud just to have gotten into the tournament. “Playing in our first NCAA game and doing it at home was a tremendous thing for us,” e-mailed co-captain Wyatt Magee ’01. “The crowd was huge and it took everything we had to beat Cabrini. The guys played their hearts out and I’m proud to say that I was a part of it.”

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Senior Robb Rolfing (#11) scored in the first sudden death period against
Cabrini College to launch Vassar into round two of NCAA Division III championship play.

Overall, it was a glorious season for the men’s soccer team. “We overachieved the goals that we set at the beginning of the season,” said Chris Parsons, head coach. With 17 out of 20 team members returning for next year’s season, it looks as if it’s going to be another history-maker, although the competition will be more challenging. The Brewers will play in the Upstate Collegiate Athletic Conference. “Next year we are going to do it all again, with a little extra,” wrote team member Joe Nazarro ’03 in an e-mail. “We are moving into a tougher league, but I have confidence in the team and in myself that we can repeat this feat, if not do better.”

The Brewers ended the season with a 10-7-1 overall record.

Other Results

Cross Country

Vassar’s women finished 12th in NCAA Division III Regional championships. Runner Clodagh Rafferty ’00 was named to the All-Seven Sisters and All-Region teams. Vassar’s men finished 11th in Atlantic Region competition.


The Brewers entered three fall regattas. The varsity mens club 4+ finished third out of 19 at the Head of the Ohio. The womens club eight finished eighth of 25 at the Head of the Ohio and sixth of 38 at the Head of the Schuykill. Womens open 4+ took fifth place out of 28 and the novice mens 4+ finished third out of seven at the Head of the Connecticut. The lightweight womens team finished second of seven at the same regatta.

Win-Loss Records

Field Hockey 5-10

Players Amy Cook ’01 and Jen Cunningham ’00 were named National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division III All-Americans for the North Atlantic Region Second Team.

Womens Tennis 5-3

The team received a number 10 ranking in the NCAA Division III East Region. Singles player Alexis Neider ’03 was ranked 28th in the East and doubles team Carol Baker ’01 and Anne Stoefen ’02 were ranked 14th in the east.

Mens Tennis 1-2

The men were ranked 15th by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. Senior Ryan Lee was ranked number 23 in singles, and in doubles Ryan Lee and TJ Brannon ’00 were ranked 9th—the highest ranking ever for a Vassar mens double team or player.

Womens Soccer 12-7-1

The team took third place in the New York State Womens Collegiate Athletic Association championship and placed second in the Eastern College Athletic Conference Metro region championship.


Mens Soccer 10-7-1

For the first time, the men made it to NCAA championship play. See separate story.

Mens Rugby 4-5-0

The squad finished second in the Metro New York Division I championship.

Womens Rugby 6-2-0

Womens rugby qualified for Northeast regionals and finished first in the Metro New York Division I championship.