January 25, 2009

Brown Fencing Compiles 10-3 Record at NFC #2

Jan. 25, 2009

Providence, R.I. - The men's and women's fencing teams combined to go 10-3 at the Northeastern Fencing Conference competition over the weekend, wrapping up another impressive outing for coach Atilio Tass' squad. On the men's side, Brown beat Tufts, Vassar, Dartmouth, Boston College, and MIT, while losing to only Brandeis. The women also knocked off Tufts, Vassar, Dartmouth, and B.C., and added a win over Smith College, dropping matches to Brandeis and MIT.

Junior Adam Pantel (Mendham, N.J.) led the way for the Bears in the men's bracket, going 16-1 in his individual bouts in the foil, and helping stake Bruno to early leads against all opposition, as Bruno went 6-0 as a team in the foil. Also finishing well was sophomore Jonathan Yu (Birmingham, AL), who ran up a 15-3 mark on the day, including four matches in which he was 3-0.

The epee was a tough event for both teams, as five of the six matches on the men's side were decided by a single point. Junior Henry Liu (Irvington, N.Y.) was solid for the Bears, however, compiling a pair of 2-1 performances in his two individual outings to go 4-2 on the day.

Wrapping up the men's side of the competition, the saber turned in solid performances across the board, helping propel the men to their impressive overall day. Newcomer Peter Tyson (Stony Brook, N.Y.) continued his terrific debut season, going 12-6 on the day, including a sweep of Tufts.

The women were no less impressive, as the foil squad once again set a winning tone by going 5-2 in its matches. Junior Linda Zhang (New York, N.Y.) led the way for Brown, racking up a 7-1 individual record, while sophomore Francesca Bartholomew (Boston, MA) did some heavy lifting for Bruno as well, going 12-3. The foil was highlighted by a pair of perfect 9-0 victories over Dartmouth and Smith.

Senior Christina Salvatore (Chevy Chase, MD) turned in a solid individual effort in the epee, picking up a 14-7 record in her bouts. Though the women's epee went only 2-5 on the day, the squad was able to keep their matches close, losing only two by more than a single point.

In the saber, the women followed the lead from the men's side by finishing strong, as they went 5-2 in their matches, including three impressive 7-2 wins. Junior Randy Alevi (Old Westbury, N.Y.) went 12-2 in her matches, dropping only a single bout to Dartmouth and MIT, and going undefeated against the rest of the field. Senior Charlotte Rose was also solid, as she compiled an 11-6 individual record.

The Bears will be back in action on February 8, when they travel to Columbia to compete at the Ivy #1.

Complete Results:

Men:

Brown 17-10 over Tufts

Brown 14-13 over Vassar

Brown 19-8 over Dartmouth

Brown 14-13 over B.C.

Brandeis 17-10 over Brown

Brown 17-10 over MIT

Women:

Brown 17-10 over Tufts

Brown 15-12 over Vassar

Brown 19-8 over Dartmouth

Brandeis 19-8 over Brown

Brown 14-13 over B.C.

Brown 21-6 over Smith

MIT 14-13 over Brown