SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. - On Sunday, the MIT men's fencing team traveled to Mount Holyoke College for the 2010 New England Championships. MIT sophomore Ben Nield led the way for the Engineers, capturing the men's foil crown, while the Cardinal and Gray took fourth place in the event.
Nield posted an 11-1 record in the qualifying round, and when the day was done, the 2009 runner-up had captured this year's title, becoming MIT's 15th individual New England champion in the history of the program and the first since Oliver Chadwick in 2000. Daniel Levine (8-4) and Richard LaGrandier (8-3) also competed well for Tech's foil team, as Levine repeated last year's fifth-place finish and the Engineers took second in the weapon.
In epee, freshman Jackson Crane (8-4) and sophomore Carter Chang (9-3) both survived the qualifying round; Crane finished third, and Chang took sixth. Javier Ordonez (7-4) also had a solid day as the MIT epeeists ranked fifth on the day.
MIT's sabre squad failed to qualify any fencers for the finals, but Max Brand (8-4), Rajiv Nadadur (5-7) and Vinayak Ramesh (7-5) all posted solid records to lift MIT to another fifth-place finish.
Sacred Heart University took the title on the men's side, followed by Boston College and Vassar College.
The MIT fencing team hits the strips again on Wednesday when the men's and women's squads host the 3rd Annual Beanpot in DuPont Gymnasium at 5:00 p.m.