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Elis Head to Ivy League Championships

Hugh O'Cinneide. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Hugh O'Cinneide. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Season Culminates in Cambridge 

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — The Yale men's fencing team will be tested when it heads to Cambridge, Mass., this weekend for the Mar. 2-3 Ivy League Championships.

Hosted this year by Ancient Eight rival Harvard, the Ivy League Championships mark the culmination of a mixed season for the Elis. The Ivy League Championships were originally scheduled for Feb. 9-10, but Ivy League officials postponed the event 36 hours prior to its anticipated start due to Winter Storm Nemo, which wound up dumping more than two feet of snow in the Boston area.

When the Bulldogs arrive at Harvard's Albert H. Gordon Track, they will look to build on their recent 2-1 win record at a Vassar meet in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and to improve on their tie for fifth place at last year's Ivy League Championships, which they hosted in New Haven at Coxe Cage.

Their competition at Vassar, which included substantial 22-5 and 17-10 victories over Drew and Vassar, respectively, demonstrated the underclassmen depth of the Yale team. And at the other end of the spectrum, junior Peter Cohen put up a 5-0 performance and senior Nate Benzimra posted a 3-0 record against Sacred Heart, which the Bulldogs fell to in a heartbreaking 14-13 verdict.

That result added to a 3-2 record at the Jan. 27 NYU Invitational and an impressive 5-1 record at the Dec. 2 Brandeis Invitational. If the Elis can perform well over the weekend, they should be positioned to build on last year's result at the Ivy League Championships, which included a 17-10 win against Brown.

Yale fencers who have performed well throughout the season and bring their form to the Ivy League Championships will be invited to the Mar. 10 NCAA Northeast Regional.

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