Dec. 4, 2006
Waltham, MA - Competing in their final competition before the New Year, the men's and women's fencing teams saw varying degrees of success against strong competition at the Brandeis Invitational Sunday. The women's team (8-1), led by sophomore Charlotte Rose (Bethesda, MD) and freshman Randy Alevi (Old Westbury, NY) and their 8-1 records, defeated Vassar, 18-9, and Brandeis, 14-13, while falling to St. John's, 9-18. The men (5-2), who got their top performance from sophomore Nick Bender (New York, NY), also 8-1, topped Vassar, 15-12, but fell to Brandeis and St. John's by respective 10-17 and 6-21 counts.
Both teams opened the day against host Brandeis. The women were paced by the saber and epee squads, which both went 6-3. Rose and Alevi were 3-0, but squad captain Olivia Partyka (Charlton, NY) did not compete due to illness. Freshman Lyla Fujiwara (Rochester, NY), who normally fences foil, filled in admirably to go 2-7 on the day, but went 0-3 against the Judges. Despite that, the women' saber squad was the only Brown squad to go 3-0 on the day. For the epee squad, senior Jennifer Hausmann (Mill Valley, CA), junior Christine Livoti (Garden City, NY) and sophomore Christina Salvatore (Chevy Chase, MD) all had identical 2-1 records. In the end, however, foilist Kirsten Lynch (Maplewood, NJ), won the clinching bout, her only win against Brandeis. The freshman later rode that momentum to a 5-1 record against St. John's and Vassar.
Lynch, Rose and Alevi's 2-1 records led Bruno in a difficult match-up against St. John's, but things got much easier against Vassar. Those three all had 3-0 records, while junior Allison Kwong (Los Altos Hills, CA), freshman Linda Zhang (New York, NY) and Livoti all were 2-1 in a lopsided victory.
For the men, Bender and freshman Andreas Varotsis (London, UK) went undefeated at 3-0 to lead their foil squad to a 7-2 record against Brandeis, while freshman David Pagliaccio (Dobbs Ferry, NY), went 2-1 for Brown's other winning record. Bender and senior saberist Dan Mahoney (Haydenville, MA) were the only Bears with winning records against a loaded Red Storm team at 2-1.
The men were able to finally take a positive from the Invite with a win against Vassar to close the day. The foil squad again went 7-2, as Bender went 3-0 and Varotsis and senior Jeremy Zeitlin (Piedmont, CA) went 2-1. Bender and Zeitlin, competing in the final two bouts of the match, essentially clinched the victory at the same time, as they won within seconds of each other with Brown needing just one more win. Also faring well were saberists Samuel Levine (Santa Monica, CA) and Mahoney, who went 30- and 2-1, respectively. Pagliaccio also turned in a 2-1 record in epee.
The Bears will not compete again until the end of semester break, when they host the second Northeast Fencing Conference meet on Jan. 27. In the meantime, they will have plenty of time to train, including their annual "Hell Week" during the final week of the break.