We had a team that, on paper, was slightly more talented than our season 20 NT finalists and season 21 NT champs. And we played most of the season that way, rolling to a 10-0 mark against a very strong non-conference schedule and finishing 30-3. St. John Fisher gave us a lot of trouble this season, taking two of three games including the CT finals. SJFC is coached by tomcecil; unfortunately he remained the only other human coach in the E8 this season, but fortunately he's a very good coach and plans to stick around for a while.
Our NT run began with three dominant wins, but ended in the elite eight with a 53-37 loss to CMS. (CMS stands for "Claremont-Mudd-Scripps", the combined athletic effort of three of the Claremont Colleges, Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, and Scripps. IRL their uniforms say "CMS". Why whatif calls them CMHMS escapes me.) aejones has built CMS into a D3 powerhouse that will be even stronger next season, as this season's team will lose no one to graduation.
The quarterfinal game itself was pretty ugly, as CMS shot 30% to 27% (and 12.5% from three) for Vassar. We forced 25 turnovers and still lost - mainly because CMS outrebounded us 45-32 and forced 18 TO's of their own. CMS held its first five NT opponents to an average of 47 points in a dominating run, before losing to undefeated national champion Linfield.