Off to a Mixed Start
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The No. 10 Yale men's fencing team opened the Ivy League Championships on Feb. 11 with a day of mixed results, finishing up with a 1-1 record in Coxe Cage.
The Bulldogs opened their account for the day with a 17-10 victory against Brown. All three weapons squads scored wins: the sabre team closed 5-4, while the epee and foil squads finished with a 6-3 verdict.
"We got our jitters out of the way with the opening match against Brown, so it was a good start" senior captain Shiv Kachru said.
Then, the Elis went up against No. 3 Harvard, falling in a tight 15-12 verdict. That close result almost mirrored the situation at last year's Ivy League Championships, when Yale fell to Harvard by a single match to take second-place in the competition.
Against the Crimson, Yale's weapons squads posted mixed results: the sabre squad fell 7-2 and the foil squad lost 4-5, while the epee squad triumphed 6-3.
Those two matches brought the day's competition to a close, with Yale sitting in equal third place on the leaderboard alongside Columbia, behind Harvard and No. 2 Princeton.
However, with the Tigers' defeating the Crimson 14-13 in the final match-up of the day, the Elis are still in with a shot of sharing the Ivy League title tomorrow.
On Sunday, the Elis will open fencing at 10:00 a.m. against Princeton — this is a must-win match if Yale is to remain in contention for the title. The Elis then face Penn and Columbia after the lunch break, with the hope that by that stage of the competition, they will be in a position to clinch the tournament.
Tickets for the Ivy League Championship can be purchased at the door. A day pass costs $5 for adults and $3 for students. A weekend pass costs $8 for adults and $5 for students.
Report filed by James Lu '14, Yale Sports Publicity.