Look to Better Last Year's 4-1 Record
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – After a strong season opener at Penn State's Garret Open, the Yale men's fencing team will travel this weekend to compete at the Dec. 4 Brandeis Invitational in Waltham, Mass.
The Bulldogs will take on fencers from Boston College, Brandeis, Brown, Cornell, MIT, St. John's and UNC in what looks set to be heated competition.
At last year's tournament, the Elis finished with an overall record of 4-1 – the team beat Boston College, Brandeis, Haverford and MIT, losing only to St. John's. That competition was highlighted by the epee squad's 8-2 record, which included a victory by sophomore Cornelius Saunders over former NCAA Champion Marat Israelian of St. John's.
Saunders' fourth-place finish at the Nov. 19-20 Garret Open testified to the Bulldogs' preparation in the off-season, which also produced several other strong results at the Open. Also in Yale's epee squad was sophomore Benjamin Mappin-Kasirer, who notched up a top-16 finish.
The saber squad will also look to perform over the weekend, after last year's dexterous efforts which included a 9-0 sweep against MIT.
The Brandeis Open marks the Bulldogs' final fall tournament. Competition will resume Jan. 21 with the New York University Invitational.