Brown Fencers Hit Highs and Lows at Boston College invitational

Dec. 5, 2003

Chestnut Hill, MA - The Brown fencing team had a challenging day on Sunday, November 23 at the Boston College invitational. Both the men and women's squads finished 1-3 on the day, taking a win against Vassar and dropping hard-fought matches to Brandeis, Boston College and national fencing powerhouse St. John's.

Although team results were not as successful as had been expected, several Brown fencers and weapon's squads had a strong day. All-American Ruth Schneider finished 11-1 on the day, Christina Rodqriquez-Hart went 9-2 in women's sabre, freshman men's foilist Jeremy Zeitlin came away with a 9-3 record, and freshman women's foilist Jennifer Haussman went 8-4 -- all outstanding results as Brown's fencers must secure a place at NCAA regionals next semester on the strength of their personal win-loss record in team competitions during the season.

Bruno's toughest meet of the day came against St. John's, the 2003 bronze-medal team at the NCAA Championships and a team that includes several members of the US Olympic team. However, the women's epee squad was not intimidated by its opponents and won its match with an incredible 8-1, to which all five members of the squad contributed. The women's foil squad dropped their match 2-7 while the women's sabre came in 0-9, for an overall meet score of 10-17. This was the Brown women's strongest showing against St. John's in recent memory.

The Brown men's team finished 5-22 against St. John's, with the epee and foil squads dropping valiant efforts 2-7. The graduation of All-American sabreman Paul Freidman was also felt as the sabre squad finished 1-8. Brown epeeist Adrian Martin '06 had a memorable bout, winning the match against his nationally-ranked St. John's opponent by a score of 3-1 as time ran out.

In a tough match against regional rival Brandeis University, the Brown women lost a squeaker, 13-14. The epee squad brought a 5-4 win, followed by a decisive 6-3 victory from the sabre squad and a hard-fought 2-7 loss from foil. The men fenced their way to 8-19 loss against Brandeis, with 2-7 records from both the epee and foil squads and a 4-5 result from sabre.

Both teams were victorious against Vassar Collge. The men's foil squad in particular had a fantastic match, winning 8-1 behind the stellar fencing of nationally-ranked freshman Jeremy Zeitlin. Men's sabre came up 5-4 and epee went 2-7 to bring home a 15-12 win. Women's foil fenced a strong 7-2 while both epee and sabre finished 6-3 for a strong 19-8 victory for the women.

The last meet of the day was against host Boston College. The Brown women lost another nail-bitter by a score of 13-14. Women's epee and sabre both ended 4-5, while the foil squad pulled through with 5-4, anchored by freshman Jennifer Hausmann. The men's team also was not successful against Boston College, though men's epee put forth a valiant effort and came out with a 5-4 victory. The men's foil squad came in with 3-6 and sabre with 1-8 to give the men a 9-18 finish.

The team will continue training as it prepares for its annual winter "Hell Week" camp and a rigorous competition schedule in the spring.