Fencers Finish 4-1
New Haven, Conn.—The Yale men's fencing team nearly swept the competition at the Dec. 8 Brandeis Invitational in Waltham, Mass., turning in a 4-1 record at its first event of the season.
The Bulldogs earned four convincing victories over Air Force Academy, Boston College, Brandeis, and MIT. They fell short against St. John's, who also finished 4-1 on the day, by a score of 16-11. Yale's successful showing echoed its performance in last year's Brandeis Invitational, when it fenced to a record of 5-1. Waltham continues to be a place where the Bulldogs can perform well and gain momentum heading into their winter season.
Yale's effort was spearheaded in large part by the foil squad, which turned in a combined record of 28-17, with particularly dominating performances coming against MIT (8-1) and Brandeis (8-1). The saber and epee squads both contributed to a strong 20-7 overall victory against Boston College, with each squad posting a 7-2 record.
The tournament marked the first collegiate appearances for Yale freshmen fencers Ian Richards, Reed Srere and Jacob Stein. Richards and Srere, fencing with the saber, delivered impressive performances. Srere swept his matches against MIT, while Richards did the same against Boston College. Stein, a member of the foil squad, also did not lose any of his three bouts against Boston College. These were just some of the many strong performances from the entire Yale side that contributed to an all-around successful day.
The Bulldogs will now have over a month to rest and prepare in advance of a Jan. 18 date with Sacred Heart. Last year, Yale lost a tight 14-13 match.
Their performance at Brandeis certainly gives them much to be excited about heading into the heart of their schedule. They will look to carry their momentum into the new year.
Report filed by Owen Kaye-Kauderer '16, Sports Publicity