January 30, 2006

Bears Have A Strong Showing At The NFC

Jan. 30, 2006

Chestnut Hill, MA - Brown's women's fencing squad stormed to a 5-0 record at the second and final Northeast Fencing Conference meet of the year, held on Saturday at Boston College. The women went 5-0 to win the Conference with a 10-0 record, while the men went 2-2 to finish 6-2 in the NFC.

Brown started the day against Dartmouth, with both the men and women cruising to easy victories; the women's epee squad posted a perfect 9-0 score. Next up was MIT, a perennial rival for the NFC championship. Brown's women won 16-11, while the men dropped a close one. The Brown men's saber squad then led the charge against BC, posting an 8-1 score en route to a 17-10 victory by the men's side. "They're a solid team, but we did what we had to do," said saber fencer Dan Mahoney '07. The women won 16-11, helped by 6-3 wins from the women's epee and saber squads.

After a break, the women then fenced Smith, using mostly subs, and won 22-5. Brown's last opponent of the day was Brandeis. While the men lost a disappointing match, the women's contest was extremely close. The combined women's score was 13-12 in favor of Brown when Nanette Milner '06 faced Hannah Rosen of Brandeis. Milner beat Rosen 4-3 as time ran out to win the bout, the team match versus Brandeis, and the NFC title. Milner said "I didn't know I was winning anything besides my bout, then coach [Atilio Tass] told me that I won the match, but I didn't know he meant the NFC title." Added Jen Hausmann, "I think the women came together well this meet and showed their skill and strength, which will hopefully continue for the tough tournaments ahead."

Brown Fencing is next in action on Sunday, February 4th , at Cornell University. It will mark Brown Fencing's official entrance into the Ivy League.