Elis Notch 2-3 Record in Big Apple

Jan. 26, 2008

NEW YORK, N.Y. - The Bulldogs traveled to New York, N.Y. for the NYU Invitational Saturday and returned home with a 2-3 record. The team's wins came against Stevens (19-8) and Wayne St. (20-7), while it lost to Notre Dame (23-4), NYU (16-11) and Ohio St (19-8). The results match Yale's at last year's NYU Invitational and place the Bulldogs' 2007-08 dual meet record at 6-5.

In their 19-8 win over Stevens, the Elis swept the weapons. The epee squad proved most dominant, notching an 8-1 win. The foil squad took six of nine bouts; the sabre squad won a close-fought 5-4 contest. Junior standout epeeist, Michael Pearce, won all three of his bouts to set the pace.

It was a similar story in the Yale win over Wayne St. This time, however, the foil squad stepped up to lead the way. The young squad of freshman Nathaniel Botwinick, sophomore Andrew Holbrook and sophomore John Gurrieri won, 9-0. The sabre and epee squads also won, posting 5-4 and 6-3 decisions, respectively. In the sabre squad's victory, it was sophomore Ola Malm who won the deciding bout with the score tied 4-4.

Against Notre Dame, the Bulldogs had less luck though. The foil and epee squads both lost, 7-2, while the sabre squad fell, 9-0, all to particularly strong Fighting Irish units.

Host NYU claimed a 16-11 win over the Elis, despite a 7-2 win by the Bulldog foil squad. Both Botwinick and Holbrook fenced to perfect 3-0 records in the win. The sabre and epee squads both fell, 7-2.

A 5-4 win for the epee squad highlighted Yale's 19-8 loss to Ohio St. Pearce again led the effort, with seniors Steve Miller and Gabe Billings both picking up wins. The epeeists jumped out to a 4-0 lead on their Buckeye opponents, but the match came down to the final bout--one Pearce was able to win. The foil squad lost, 6-3, and the saberists fell, 9-0.

The Bulldogs next host the Ivy North Competition at Payne Whitney Gymnasium in New Haven, Conn. on Sunday, Feb. 3.

Report filed by Nicholas Thorne '08, Yale Sports Publicity

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