Jan. 31, 2005
Providence, RI - On Saturday, January 29, the Brown fencing team hosted the second New England Fencing Conference meet of the season. Fresh from winter training camp, the team went into the meet strong and ready to take on their regional rivals. The men finished the day undefeated, earning victories over Dartmouth, MIT, Boston College and Brandeis for a perfect 4-0. The women went 3-2 for the day, defeating Dartmouth, Smith and Brandeis but losing close matches to MIT and Boston College.
Two-time All-American and tri-captain Ruth Schneider '06 was undefeated for the day, and she led the women's epee squad to the only 5-0 finish on the women's side. The squad also made Brown's only sweep of the day, a 9-0 victory over Dartmouth.
Women's sabre felt the absence of junior powerhouse Olivia Partyka, who is abroad for the semester. However, squad anchor Charlotte Gartenberg '08 pulled through to lead her squad to a 3-2 finish. Fellow freshman Leah Shabeshelowitz made a great save after an equipment problem caused her to fall behind 0-4 in a bout against MIT. Shabeshelowitz pulled through with flair to come back and win the bout 5-4.
The women's team as a whole came within just a few touches of an undefeated record for the day. Both defeats were nail-biters, with scores of 13-14. The loss to MIT was a slight improvement over the 12-15 score against the same team at the Brandeis meet last December, but the Boston College score was a duplicate of the loss at the same meet. However, the women did pull ahead to beat Brandeis 14-13, a reversal of the score against that school in December.
On the men's side the sabre squad fared well with a 4-0, the only undefeated record for the men's team. Senior Dan Dorsky anchored the squad, and junior Jeremy Adler returned from a semester abroad to bring his powerful style back to the squad.
Freshman foilist Ivan Goodman made himself the hero of the day by saving two matches for the men's team. Against MIT, with the men's foil score tied at 4-4 and the team score tied 13-13, Goodman went up as the last bout of the match. He tied the bout at 4-4, brought it into overtime and then pulled through with the last point to win for both his squad and his team. In the next match against Boston College, the exact same situation arose, with both the squad and team scores tied and the match riding on Goodman's last bout. Once again he pulled through in overtime with a huge crowd of Brown fencers, alumni, parents and friends watching with bated breath.
All in all it was an exciting day for Brown fencing. The team is now gearing up for an invitational meet at MIT next Sunday.
Dartmouth: Women's epee: 9-0 Men's epee: 6-3
Women's foil: 7-2 Men's foil: 5-4
Women's sabre: 5-4 Men's sabre: 7-2
Total: 21-6 Total: 18-9
MIT: WE: 7-2 ME: 2-7
WF: 2-7 MF: 5-4
WS: 4-5 MS: 8-1
Total: 13-14 Total: 14-13
BC: WE: 6-3 ME: 1-8
WF: 5-4 MF: 5-4
WS: 2-7 MS: 8-1
Total: 13-14 Total: 14-13
Smith: WE: 6-3
Brandeis: WE: 8-1 ME: 5-4
WF: 1-8 MF: 4-5
WS: 5-4 MS: 7-2
Total: 14-13 Total: 16-11