January 27, 2004

Brown Fencers Beat Dartmouth to Open Second Half of Season

Jan. 27, 2004

Chestnut Hill, MA - The Brown fencing team opened up the second half of its season with a strong showing against several regional rivals. In the second league meet at Boston College on Saturday, the Brown women made a strong case for being one of the top teams in New England. The Bears posted a 4-2 record with wins against Dartmouth, Tufts, Smith and Boston College. The men's squad, meanwhile, defeated Dartmouth but was unable to overcome perennial powerhouses MIT, Brandeis and Boston College.

Strong individual performances were put in by several Brown fencers, including All-American women's epeeist Ruth Schneider' 06, who finished the day with a 14-1 record. Freshmen foilists Jennifer Hausmann and Jeremy Zeitlin finished the meet 17-1 and 11-1, respectively. The only losses these three experienced during the day came in the last round against a tough Brandeis team.

Schneider, Hausmann and Zeitlin paced Brown to a solid victory over Ivy rival Dartmouth in the first round. The Brown women's squad stopped the Big Green 19-8 while the Brown men stormed to a 17-10 victory.

In its second match of the season against MIT, Bruno fell short despite a valiant effort. Although Hausmann propelled the women's foil squad to an impressive 5-4 victory, the Brown women finished with a close 15-12 loss against the Engineers. On the men's side of the match, Dan Dorsky '05 anchored the men's sabre squad to a 6-3 victory, but that was not enough as the men's team lost the overall match 18-9.

The Brown women came back strong against Tufts. Foil, epee and sabre all fenced hard and each came out with win-loss records of 6-3, which made for a strong finish of 18-9. Brown's men team spent its energies cheering on the women's team, as Tufts no longer fields men's fencing.

The Brown women continued to roll in their match against Smith College, dropping just three bouts to finish the meet 24-3. Women's epee swept Smith 9-0, while sabre won its meet 8-1 and the foil squad topped it off with a 7-2 victory. Foilist Nanette Milner '06 undoubtedly had the most memorable bout of the day. Down 1-4 with time running out, Milner pulled an amazing comeback to tie the score 4-4 and push her bout into overtime. After losing priority and making two off-target touches, Milner surged forth to score the winning point with 3 seconds left on the clock.

The women then squared off against Boston College and showed a marked improvement over their last encounter with the Eagles with a nail-bitting 14-13 loss in December. Building on their momentum, the women's team avenged their loss with a decisive 16-11 victory.

The men's team also came into the match looking to even the score with Boston College after a loss in December. Despite a solid 6-3 victory by the sabre squad, the men lost the match by one, 14-13.

The long, hard day concluded with a match against Brandeis. Though every squad fenced hard and pushed aside their tiredness, the women lost 10-7 while the men fell 19-8.

The Brown fencing team continues to build on its momentum at an invitational meet at Brandeis next Sunday, February 1.