Feb. 5, 2007
Cambridge, MA - With the always-competitive Ivy League competitions on the horizon, the Brown fencing teams competed at the MIT/Brandeis Invitational on Sunday. The women's team (17-3) went 3-2 on the day, defeating Tufts, 18-9; Duke, 16-11; and New York University, 20-7; but falling to #1 Penn State, 24-3, and Princeton, 17-9. The men (10-8) did not fare as well, beating Yeshiva University, 22-5, but falling to #3 Penn State, 24-3; Duke, 17-10; #10 Princeton, 21-6; and NYU, 20-7.
The competition featured three top-10 teams, and four that earned votes in the latest Coaches' Poll, but were not ranked (Duke men and women, Princeton women, NYU men). Penn State, in particular, is a national powerhouse, having won nine of the 17 NCAA Championships since fencing became an NCAA Championship sport in 1990.
The women's sabre squad led the way once again, posting the only winning squad record at 32-13. Sophomore Deborah Gorth (Amherst, MA) led the Bears for the second straight meet, going 12-3 to bring her record to 28-5 since returning after a semester off. Freshman Randy Alevi (Old Westbury, NY) was right behind at 11-4, bringing her team-leading record to 61-8 for the season. Junior Charlotte Gartenberg (St. Oaks, CA), also competing in her second competition of the season, rounded out the squad with a 9-6 record.
Brown's five other squads all finished below .500 for the day, but there were some sterling performances by individuals. Senior tri-captain Jennifer Hausmann (Mill Valley, CA) went 8-5 in her bouts in the epee, while freshman Kirsten Lynch (Maplewood, NJ) led the women's foil with a 9-6 mark. Senior tri-captain Dan Mahoney (Haydenville, MA) led the men in wins, going 9-6 in the sabre. Freshman Adam Yarnell (Harrison, NY) also posted a winning record, going a team-best 7-4 in the epee.
The men were particularly hurt by the loss of freshman Nick Bender (New York, NY), who boasts the men's best record at 32-7 in the foil (34-11 including six bouts in the sabre). Bender was injured during warm-ups and could not compete.
The competition will not get any easier for Brown when the Ivy League season starts this weekend at Penn. Three men's and three women's teams are ranked in the conference, in which six men's and seven women's teams compete (Dartmouth's teams are club-level, as is Cornell's men's team). Defending National Champion Harvard, ranked No. 1 on the men's side and No. 3 for the women, will attempt to defend its Ivy League title.