February 11, 2007

Bulldogs Beat Brown, Lose to Penn and Columbia

Feb. 11, 2007

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Bulldogs won one of three dual meets today at Part I of the Ivy League 2007 Fencing Championships in Philadelphia, Pa. The team's victory came in convincing fashion, as Yale dispatched Brown, 21-6. However, the Bulldogs lost by similar tallies: they fell to Penn, 22-5, and to Columbia, 24-3. The Championships will continue on Sunday, February 25th at Harvard, when Yale will fence traditional rivals, Harvard and Princeton.

In the win over Brown, Yale swept the weapons. The foil squad won all nine of its bouts, while the epee squad won seven of nine. The sabre squad posted a 5-4 victory.

Foilists, freshmen John Gurrieri and Andrew Holbrook and senior Michael Aboodi, were all undefeated against the Bears. Epeeist, sophomore Michael Pearce, also registered a 3-0 record to help lead the way.

But the picture was a little less bright for the Bulldogs against Penn and Columbia. Both teams took all three weapons against the Elis. The Yale epee squad did manage to make things interesting against Penn, as Pearce won two bouts, but were ultimately unsuccessful, losing 5-4.

Columbia takes a 2-0 record into Part II of the Championships in two weeks. Penn and Princeton both posted 2-1 records on Sunday. The biggest surprise of the day was that Harvard, the 2006 NCAA Combined Team Champions, fell to Princeton, 16-11.

Report filed by Nicholas Thorne '08, Yale Sports Publicity