Bulldogs To Start Ivy League Schedule

Feb. 8, 2007

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Bulldogs travel to Penn on Sunday for the first of two days of round robin competition that will yield the 2007 Ivy League Champion. The Ivy League 2007 Fencing Championships will conclude on Sunday, February 25th, in Cambridge, Mass. Yale enters league competition with a 9-6 record.

The Ivy League remains one of the nation's foremost fencing conferences, so the Bulldogs will face some stiff competition in the upcoming weekends. However, with a strong performance, the team can end its dual meet season with the best record in recent memory: a Yale team has not finished above .500 since 2001-02. The 2007 Bulldogs need to beat just one Ivy foe to reach that mark.

This Sunday the Bulldogs will take on Penn, Brown, and Columbia in Part I of the Championships before facing traditional rivals Harvard and Princeton two weeks later. Every team in the Ivy League will face each other during the two days of competition, with the team that posts the best record claiming the title. Before the institution of this new format last year, Ivy League teams had dual meets with one another throughout the season. In its new form, the Championships provide for a more intense environment.

The Bulldogs are rounding into shape just in time. With three dual meet victories last weekend at Vassar, Yale enters league competition with confidence. The epee squad has finally taken the form expected of it in the fall and could come through with a dominant performance.

At different points throughout the season, the sabre and foil squads have also shown great potential. On January 28th in New York, the foil squad won all nine of its bouts to lead Yale past Wayne State at the NYU invitational. Against Sacred Heart on January 31st, the sabre squad posted a 6-3 record, led by freshman Nicholas Peterson's three victories.

But nothing will come easy for the Elis.

Assuming that it takes care of Boston College Thursday, No. 1 Harvard will enter this weekend's Ivy South Competition undefeated at 8-0. The Crimson is led by senior Timothy Hagamen, who placed third in the sabre at last March's NCAA Championships. Columbia sits at 7-1, falling only to Notre Dame at the end of January. The Lions return senior saberist Alex Krul, who finished ninth at the 2005 NCAA Championships. Penn (9-3) boasts a very strong foil squad led by senior Michael Galligan. Princeton, whose overall record is now 6-3, comes in hot, having won five meets on February 3rd at MIT. Brown is 10-8.

Live results will be accessible throughout the weekend at the Ivy League's fencing blog-- engardeivy.blogspot.com.

Report filed by Nicholas Thorne '08, Yale Sports Publicity

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