November 19, 2011

Elis Commence New Season

After Strong Past Season, A New Start

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – When the Yale men's fencing team heads to State College, Pa. this weekend for the Nov. 19-20 Penn State Garret Open, it will look to kick off a season even better than its last.

"The question is whether the men's team will be able to live up to and go beyond the potential they showed last year," said head coach Henry Harutunian. "It will depend on the leadership in each weapon squad. There is always an unknown factor because we don't know who the new recruits are on the other teams, so the entire field of competitors could be changed."

Harutunian went on to say he was "quite comfortable" with the men's team, which powered through a strong season last year. Then, the Bulldogs claimed 2nd place at the US College Squad Championships and saw an 11th-place finish at the NCAA Championships. 

If last year's performance at the Penn State Open is any indication, the Bulldogs will be well positioned in this year's competition.

In epee, sophomores Peter Cohen, Benjamin Mappin-Kasirer and Cornelius Saunders finished 10th, 12th and 22nd, respectively. Those strident performances were matched by those of the saber squad, in which senior Adam Fields took home a top-16 finish, reflecting his hard work in the gym and on the strip at practice.

On top of that, the Elis have added several fresh faces to their line-up, all of whom will be eager to perform at his first competition.

Freshmen James Broughton will join the foil squad, Hugh O'Cinneide will contribute to the saber squad and Jacob Rosenberg-Wohl will be part of the epee squad.

Despite the new weapons teams the Bulldogs have assembled, the two-day Penn State Garret Open is an individual competition. As a consequence, the fencers will not technically be competing as a team, but rather, will available to support and cheer for one another.

Report filed by James Lu '14, Yale Sports Publicity.