NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale men's fencing team hosted Sacred Heart for a dual-meet at the Payne Whitney Gymnasium on Saturday, Jan. 29. Despite having the support of the home crowd, the Bulldogs weren't able to defeat the Pioneers, who snuck by the Elis for the 14-13 victory. Drew University was originally scheduled to participate in the Triangular meet, but eventually withdrew because of inclement weather.
Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, they started the day at a disadvantage because external circumstances prevented them from facing Sacred Heart at full strength. Senior Nathaniel Botwinick, the captain of the foil squad and winner of the bronze medal at the North American Cup last May, was not able to participate today. He is currently in Paris competing in the World Championships. Junior foilist and team captain Jon Holbrook is currently sidelined with an illness and was also not able to compete against Sacred Heart.
"We were shorthanded in foil, so I asked saberist Colin Mills to fill in today," said head coach Henry Harutunian. "He did a good job filling in, but unfortunately we lost the foil 3-6."
In saber, the Bulldogs dominated with a 7-2 overall record. Sophomore saberists Nathaniel Benzimra posted a perfect 3-0 record on the day. However, the epee squad finished with a 3-6 record on the day.
"We have a very good, young epee squad," said coach Harutunian. "Maybe they got emotional because of the home crowd, but unfortunately, they did not fence like themselves today."
The Bulldogs will have one day of rest before hosting Vassar at 7 p.m. on Monday.
Report By Arsi Sefaj '11, Yale Sports Publicity