Vassar Today


Women’s Rugby Takes Regional Title

Having won the Northeast Rugby Union Women’s Collegiate Division I title, the women’s rugby team is headed to Nationals in the spring. The Brewers compiled a sparkling 12-0 mark, conceding just four tries this fall. Junior Val Griffeth led the Brewers with 161 points. Junior Larkin Sealy finished with 16 tries for 80 points, and senior Julie Half added 15 tries for 75 points. In the playoffs Vassar defeated Radcliffe (45-0), Dartmouth (33-5), and Cornell (31-0). “The previous two years we’ve finished third in the Northeast, and it’s the hard work of all the previous players that laid the foundation for this success,” said head coach Tony Brown.

Women’s Tennis Team Wins NYSWCAA and UCAA Titles

The women’s tennis team dominated New York State competition in the fall. In October, the Brewers blew through the Upstate Collegiate Athletic Association competition to take their first conference title.

Vassar Tennis
Vassar Tennis
The following week they won the New York State Women’s Collegiate Athletic Association’s 16-team draw. Junior Diya Uberoi, senior Alexis Neider, and junior Jessica Shofler won individual championships in the #2, #3, and #4 singles flights, respectively, while seniors Becky Weldon and Sarah Tighe made it to the #1 and #6 singles championship matches. Vassar swept the three doubles championships with wins at #1 by Shofler and Neider, #2 by Weldon and Tighe, and #3 by Uberoi and freshman Kathryn Robinette (pictured above). Weldon and Uberoi were named to the NYSWCAA and UCAA Singles All-Conference Team, while Neider and Shofler were named to the NYSWCAA and UCAA Doubles All-Conference Team. Also selected to the NYSWCAA squad was Neider (singles second team) and the doubles team of Weldon and Tighe (second team).

Vassar finished 8-1 in the fall season. Head coach Kathy Campbell, who was named NYSWCAA Coach of the Year, described the team’s season as “phenomenal” and noted that “winning the conference and states in the same year is pretty amazing.”

The most recent Intercollegiate Tennis Association poll (Dec. 2002) lists Vassar as 22nd in the nation out of 350 Division III schools. In the Northeast region (110 teams), Vassar is ranked 6th.

Women’s Volleyball

The women’s volleyball team advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season, defeating Union before falling to top regional seed Nazareth. Several players had spectacular seasons, including UCAA All-Conference players in libero Emily Harris ’03, who broke the school record for digs, and junior hitter McKenzie Johnson, who led the team in kills and was named to the New York State Women’s Collegiate Athletic Association First Team. Junior setter Ashley Manlove and sophomore hitter Nani Loui also earned UCAA honors. Head Coach Jonathan Penn and Assistant Coach Antonia Sweet were named UCAA Coaching Staff of the Year. The team had all eight eligible athletes named to the UCAA All-Academic Team this fall.

Vassar volleyball
Vassar volleyball

Emily Harris ’03 goes for the kill as Nani Loui ’05 looks on.

Season Stats 

Men’s Cross Country
Third, UCAA Championship

Steve Money ’03 and Avi Kramer ’04 qualified for the NCAA Championships, finishing 54th and 92nd, respectively, in a field of 215. Both were named to the All-Atlantic Regional Team.

Women’s Cross Country
Third, UCAA Championship

Lucy Amory ’04 led a squad that finished in the top five in six of their nine races this fall. Amory finished second at the UCAA Championships.

Field Hockey
(7-10 overall, 3-4 UCAA)

Maureen Kenealy ’04 was named to the UCAA and NYSWCAA All-Conference Teams. Tara Trifon ’04 was honored by the ECAC several times with Goalie of the Week honors.

Men’s Rowing

The Brewers finished 24th out of 64 boats in the Club 4 race at the Charles, and 8th out of 34 boats at the Schuykill.

Women’s Rowing

The women’s Varsity 8 won the Head of the Schuykill, defeating a field of 36 other crews, most of which were Division I programs.

Men’s Rugby
(7-2 overall, 6-1 Metro. NY)

The men won the Metro. NY Collegiate Division I Championship for the first time in school history and advanced to the final eight in the Northeast Rugby Union Championship.

Men’s Soccer
(11-7 overall, 4-3 UCAA)

UCAA Coach of the Year James Franklin led the Brewers to a second-place finish in the conference. Forward Chris Schreiber ’03 led the conference in scoring, while midfielder Joseph Petruccelli ’04 was named to the All-Conference Team.

Women’s Soccer
(5-11-1, 0-7 UCAA)

Junior midfielder Elizabeth Keehner and defender Cheryl Crow ’04 were named to the UCAA All-Conference Second Team. The Brewers qualified for the NYSWCAA Tournament.

Men’s Tennis
(0-2 overall)

The doubles team of sophomores John Liszewski and Davis Rhodes won the ITA Doubles Consolation.

Photo credit: Carlisle Stockton