January 22, 2012

Trio of Wins at NYU

Strong Showing to Open Spring Season

NEW YORK – The No. 10 Yale men's fencing team opened its account for the spring season with a crisp 3-2 showing at the Jan. 22 NYU Invitational at the Coles Sports Center in New York.

"Overall, this was a great tournament for us" said senior captain Shiv Kachru. "Our results show we can compete with anyone, and this tournament gave us great motivation going forward."

The 3-2 result matches what the Bulldogs have achieved at the competition in the past two years, and sets the foundation for what the team hopes will be a strong spring season.

Competition kicked off Sunday morning with a bout against No. 4 Notre Dame. The Elis competed with great control but fell short 14-13.

"We lost a very close match to Notre Dame which was disappointing, but this was the closest we have ever come to beating them in my 4 years here," Kachru said. "They are one of the elite teams in the country and were National Champions last year, so coming this close to beating them was a great achievement." 

The Bulldogs then fought back with diligence, claiming consecutive and substantial wins against UNC (19-8), Wayne State (17-10) and NYU (20-7). 

 "A 19-8 victory over UNC further showed our progress this year, as just last month we fenced them and escaped with a 14-13 win," Kachru explained.

After lunch, the Elis closed off competition with a loss to No. 5 Ohio State, 20-7.

Next weekend the team will fence Sacred Heart at home. 

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

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