Providence, R.I. – MIT was able to upend Dartmouth College 15-12 on Saturday afternoon to earn a victory at the Northeast Fencing Conference's second meet of the season. The Engineers returned from Brown University with a 1-4 record.
Tech fell to Boston College by a 16-11 final, and then lost by the same score to the Tufts Jumbos before they turned things around and took care of their Ivy League competitors. MIT was unable to capitalize any further, however, falling 19-8 to hosts Brown and 20-7 to the Vassar College Brewers.
The Engineers used a 5-4 victory from its foil team and 6-3 win by sabre to advance past Dartmouth, who won a slim 5-4 advantage in epee. Senior Maximillian Brand won all three of his bouts for the sabre team, while Alexis Hakimi added two wins in the match. Daniel Levine swept his bouts in the foil division, while Jackson Crane went 3-3 in epee bouts.
Crane won 9 of the 12 bouts in which he competed for the epee team, who compiled an 18-27 record over the course of the meet. Crane swept not only the match against Dartmouth, but also the Engineer's match against Boston College.
Foil fared the best of the three weapons, winning 20 of their 5 bouts. Benjamin Nield swept his three bouts against Tufts en route to winning nine bouts on the afternoon. Sabre picked up 14 bout victories, led by Brand, who finished the meet with eight victories.
The Engineers will fence again at home on February 6th, when they host the Eric Solle Invitational. Fencing begins at MIT at 8:30 AM.