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January kicked off the spring semester of competition for many Vassar teams.

Colleen O'Connell


The men have faced challenging competition so far this season. After trailing for much of the game in a Liberty League matchup against Union in early January, the Brewers outscored their opponents in the second half, taking the lead in the final minute of the game to win 72-67. The tides turned one week later, when Bard College edged Vassar in the final seconds 59-57. It was the first time since 1995, and just the third in 27 meetings, that the Bard men’s basketball team defeated Vassar. More recently, the men got back on track, with a 73-63 win over the Rochester Institute of Technology on January 21. The women have had a similarly challenging season, with a close loss to Union, a dominating 78-19 win over Bard, an overtime 70-68 loss to William Smith College, and a convincing 73-51 win over RIT. Sophomore Cydni Matsuoka was named Liberty League Performer of the Week four consecutive weeks, while freshman Colleen O’Connell (pictured) was named Liberty League Rookie of the Week for the third time.

Katie LeClair


At home at the Walker Field House, the women scored resounding victories against Cleveland State University and the University of Detroit Mercy, with 22-5 and 23-4 wins, respectively. Senior co-captain Brooke Schieffer (sabre) and junior Katie LeClair (foil, pictured) both went undefeated. The men also prevailed over Cleveland State and Detroit Mercy. The wins gave them welcomed momentum going into a Northeast Conference matchup against Boston College, Brandeis, Tufts, MIT, Smith, and Brown.

Men's Squash


The women are looking to rebound from losses to Colby College and Franklin & Marshall College at the Pioneer Valley Open, when they return to action against William Smith and Smith colleges. Coming off losses to Colby and Hobart, the men look to get back on track against Boston College and Northeastern at the Boston Round Robin.

Caroline Shannon

Swimming and Diving

After falling to Trinity College, the women came back in a big way, taking second place at the Seven Sisters Championships. Vassar set two records in the process. Senior Caroline Shannon (pictured) set a new Seven Sisters record in the 200-yard IM, besting a five-year record. She was named to the 2012 All-Seven Sisters Team. Senior Amelia Couture set a new Vassar record in the 1-meter diving event. The men suffered losses to Trinity College and Montclair State University, and placed fifth at the Kumpf Invitational at RPI. Even so, The Brewers shined in individual events. For example, against Trinity, Vassar won the 200-yard medley relay, 1,000-yard and 50-yard freestyle, 200-yard and 100-yard backstroke, and 1- and 3-meter diving events.

Christian LeDau


The men are looking to build off of their 2011 season, which put them at No. 15 nationally in the American Volleyball Coaches Association Division III poll. Robert Wolter joins the team as new head coach, coming from Carthage College in Wisconsin. On opening day, the men split their non-conference matches, defeating No. 14 ranked Philadelphia Biblical University but losing to host Ramapo College. (Christian La Du pictured.)

Zander Mrlik


Though the men’s soccer season is long over, the good news from the program isn’t. Junior Zander Mrlik (pictured) was selected to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s 2011 College Division Men Scholar All-East Region Team. To be nominated for the honor, the student-athlete must have at least a 3.30 cumulative GPA, start more than 50 percent of games, be a significant contributor to the team, and be an upperclassman. His brother, Johnny, is a freshman on Vassar’s men’s basketball team. Both brothers also play for the baseball team.

For more results, and the latest from Vassar Athletics, visit the website.

Compiled by Peter Bronski with Shane Donahue

All photos courtesy Stockton Photo, Inc., except Zander Mrlik, courtesy Rochester Institute of Technology Athletics.

February 2012

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