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Bulldogs Prepare for NYU Invitational

Nicholas Wan. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Nicholas Wan. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale men’s fencing team will compete in the NYU Invitational tournament this Saturday, Jan. 23 in New York, N.Y. The meet will be the Bulldogs’ first major multi-team competition since returning from winter break, and it will be the Bulldogs’ last such event before Ivy League competition. Yale will fence against Notre Dame, Stevens, Wayne State, NYU and Ohio State.

At last year’s NYU Invitational, Yale put up a 2-3 record, defeating Stevens Tech (15-12) and Wayne State (16-11), while losing to then-defending NCAA champions Ohio State (4-23) and then-runners up for the NCAA championship, Notre Dame (8-19). The Bulldogs also lost a heartbreaker to hosts NYU, by a final score of 14-13. As usual, last year’s team benefited from the spectacular fencing of the foil squad, the two-year defending champions for the Little Iron Man Trophy.

This year, the Elis are poised to enjoy similarly strong performances from the foil squad, which has returned most of its members from last year. The team will also benefit from the much-improved saber squad, which performed very well earlier this week against Vassar.

“Coming off of our victory against Vassar, we have had a solid week of practice and are looking to make the most of this weekend,” said captain Andrew Holbrook. “Notre Dame and Ohio State are two of the strongest teams we will face, but we are looking for some upsets this weekend and to improve on last year’s performance at this tournament.”

The team will leave for New York on Friday evening and return to New Haven on Saturday night. The competition kicks off at 8 a.m. this Saturday at NYU.

Full Schedule

8:00 a.m.      Yale vs Notre Dame 
9:15 a.m.      Yale vs Stevens Tech
10:30 a.m.    Yale vs Wayne State
11:45 a.m.    Yale vs NYU 
1:30 p.m.      Yale vs Ohio State 

Report by Arsi Sefaj ’11, Yale Sports Publicity