Feb 04, 2012
Picking-up Momentum Before Ivy League Championships
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – After a tough match-up against Sacred Heart last weekend, the No. 10 Yale men's fencing team achieved victory at Payne Whitney Gymnasium on Feb. 4, beating out Vassar 21-6 and Drew 24-3.
That victory helps position the Elis in advance of the Feb. 11-12 Ivy League Championships, hosted this year at home at Coxe Cage. In front of the home crowd on Saturday, the Bulldogs certainly took full advantage of the warm encouragement provided by supporters.
"This was our final meet before the Ivy League Championships, and I think it showed we are ready to compete with everyone," senior captain Shiv Kachru said. "We made many adjustments from our loss last weekend, and the work we put in definitely showed off."
Saturday's result was similar to last year's, when the team beat Vassar 19-8 with 6-3 victories in epee and saber competition, and a 7-2 verdict in foil.
"Even though Vassar and Drew are weaker teams than the Ivy League teams, we still fenced every bout hard and fought for every win," Kachru said. "If we approach the Ivy Championships with this kind of focus and energy, I think we have a strong chance to win it all."
The Bulldogs will have a week to prepare before next weekend's Ivy League Championships.
Report filed by James Lu '14, Yale Sports Publicity.