Two Wins, One Loss at Vassar

Nathaniel Benzimra. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Nathaniel Benzimra. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Despite Wins, Elis Drop Heartbreaker to Sacred Heart

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. — Victories against Drew and Vassar highlighted the weekend for the Yale men's fencing team, which travelled to Poughkeepsie, N.Y. to compete in a meet on Feb. 2.

The success the Bulldogs found against Drew and Vassar, which they beat 22-5 and 17-10, respectively, could not be quite be replicated against Sacred Heart: the Elis dropped a 13-14 heartbreaker against the Pioneers, posting the same verdict as in a Jan. 19 match-up at home in Payne Whitney Gymnasium.

"Unfortunately, we lost to Sacred Heart again. It is disappointing as we are a more talented team," said junior captain Cornelius Saunders. "The remaining matches went well; the underclassmen demonstrated that our squad has considerable depth." 

Notable performances by Yale fencers on Saturday included a 5-0 effort by junior Peter Cohen, and a 3-0 record against Sacred Heart posted by senior Nathaniel Benzimra.

Next weekend, the Elies head to Cambridge, Mass., for the Feb. 9-10 Ivy League Championship.

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