Look to Start Strong
NEW HAVEN, Conn—The Yale men's fencing team will compete in its first meet of the season this weekend as it travels to Waltham, Mass., for the Dec. 8 Brandeis Invitational. The Bulldogs will hope to capitalize on a productive offseason and perform well in their inaugural competition.
The meet is the Elis' only competitive event this fall. They will have more than a month in between this meet and their next scheduled affair, a Jan. 8 bout against Sacred Heart. Yale will look to gain some momentum in Waltham heading into its strenuous winter season.
The Bulldogs will face some stiff competition, including teams from Brandeis, Cornell, MIT, and St. John's among others. Last year, at the same event, Yale posted an impressive 5-1 record, one of their best showings of the season—the previous year witnessed a similarly strong 4-1 result. The Elis seem to enjoy fencing in Waltham, and will look to continue their repeated success there.
The invitational will be the first tournament for three newly arrived freshmen on the Yale squad: Ian Richards, Reed Srere and Jacob Stein. Richards and Srere will compete with the saber, while Stein specializes in the foil. Captain Cornelius Saunders, as well as standouts Peter Cohen and Hugh O'Cinneide, will look to lead the team this weekend.
Following the Brandeis Invitational, the Bulldogs will enjoy some time off, and begin preparation for their winter season.
Report filed by Owen Kaye-Kauderer'16, Sports Publicity