CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The MIT men's fencing team opened its head-to-head season at its first Northeast Fencing Conference (NFC) competition hosted by Brown University last Saturday. The Cardinal and Gray won four of its five bouts, including a comeback victory (14-13) over Brandeis, marking MIT's first win over the Judges in over three seasons. The Engineers also picked up wins against UMass (20-7), Boston University (21-6) and New Hampshire (26-1), with their only loss coming at the hands of the Pioneers of Sacred Heart University (8-19).
Sophomore Daniel Levine led the way for MIT, winning 12 of his 15 matches on the day. Benjamin Nield (10-5) and Richard LaGrandier (8-7) also contributed, as the foil squad took 30 of 45 possible points.
MIT's sabre crew, led by Rajiv Nadadur (11-3), also picked up 30 of 45 matches. Junior Max Brand (10-3) and sophomore Vinayak Ramesh (9-4) were also major contributors. Isaac Businger (0-5) filled-in as the Engineers took victories in the weapon in four of the five matches.
Winning 29 of 45 bouts, the MIT epee contingent was led by sophomore Carter Chang (11-3) and freshman Jackson Crane (9-4). Damon Henry (3-1) and Javier Ordonez (6-8) rounded out MIT's competitors.
The Engineers have one additional NFC meet prior to winter break when they travel to Brandeis to face Brown, UNC, St. John's, and Yale on Saturday, December 5.