NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Bulldogs had a successful day at their home meet on February 2, defeating both of their opponents.
In the beginning of the day, Yale faced a formidable team from Vassar, but succeeded in pulling out a narrow 14-13 victory. With two bouts remaining and Brewers were up 13-12, Daniel Flesch took the strip against one of their talented foilists. Fifty-nine seconds into a one minute overtime period, with the scores tied at 4-4 and the tiebreaking coin flip having gone his opponent's way, Flesch scored the bout-winning touch, allowing Cameron Allen to take the team to a much-celebrated victory. "They were icy," according to Avery Vella, who was impressed by their composure in those pressure-filled minutes.
In their second and final match-up, the Bulldogs defeated Sacred Heart University with a commanding final score of 21-6. Both the foil and saber squads went 8-1 against their opponents, with foilists Cameron Allen, Aiden Ahn and Daniel Flesch, as well as saber fencers Justin Jin, Walter Musgrave and Samuel South going undefeated.
Between the competition with the two schools, the graduating seniors on the team were recognized for their contributions to the sport and its community. Samuel South and captain Avery Vella were both presented with flowers as their accomplishments were read. Samuel South, a Global Affairs major who plans to work for the government after graduation, said "My time with the team has been so meaningful through these years- it's felt more like a family than a team, and I'm excited to stay in touch with my fencing friends for many years to come!"
Yale will next compete at the Ivy League Round Robins at Princeton on February 10 and 11.