2012-13 MIT Men's Fencing Headlines

June 4, 2013
MIT Receives Trio of Capital One Academic All-America At-Large First Team Honors
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Seniors Molly McShane (Lake Bluff, Ill.) and Matt Hohenberger (St. Louis, Mo.) along with junior Joseph Rafidi (Los Angeles, Calif.) were named to the Capital One Academic All-America At-Large First Team on Tuesday. The three first-team selections tied for the highest tally among Division III programs this year and is tied for the second most in MIT history. The Engineers are the all-time Division III leader in producing Academic All-Americas and currently ranks third across all NCAA Divisions with 199 honorees.

May 22, 2013
MIT Places Three on Capital One Academic All-District At-Large Team
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Seniors Molly McShane (Lake Bluff, Ill.) and Matt Hohenberger (St. Louis, Mo.) along with junior Joseph Rafidi (Los Angeles, Calif.) were selected to the Capital One Academic All-District at-large team as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America last week. The trio will represent MIT on the national ballot and vie for Academic All-America honors to be voted on later this month.

March 28, 2013
Men’s Fencing Collects NFC All-Star Accolades
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – For the 10th year in a row the MIT men’s fencing team received multiple All-Star awards from the Northeast Fencing Conference (NFC) as it picked up a trio of honors. Junior Joseph Rafidi (Los Angeles, Calif.) and freshman Jack Greenfield (Oyster Bay, N.Y.) were named to the Epee First Team while freshman Nicholas Sledeski (Belle Mead, N.J.) earned a spot on the Sabre Second Team.

March 22, 2013
Joseph Rafidi Finishes Ninth at NCAA Fencing Championship
SAN ANTONIO, Texas – In his first appearance the NCAA Fencing National Championship, MIT junior Joseph Rafidi (Los Angeles, Calif.) finished ninth in the epee competition on Friday. The lone Division III qualifier in a field of 24 participants, he recorded the Engineers’ best epee performance since Keith Lichten ’95 was the runner-up his senior year.

March 12, 2013
Shin, Paturu, and Rafidi to Represent MIT at NCAA Fencing Championship
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – MIT will be sending its largest contingent to the NCAA Fencing National Championship in a decade following the selections of senior Robin Shin (Brookline, Mass.), freshman Mounica Paturu (Plainsboro, N.J.), and junior Joseph Rafidi (Los Angeles, Calif.). In a field comprised of 144 fencers, 10 will represent Division III programs as Brandeis University and NYU also earned three qualifiers while Drew University rounds out the list.

March 11, 2013
Rafidi Captures Seventh Place at NCAA Northeast Fencing Regional
JAMAICA, N.Y. – Junior Joseph Rafidi (Los. Angeles, Calif.) secured seventh place at the NCAA Northeast Regional Championship on Sunday, resulting in the first top-10 performance by the MIT men’s fencing team in seven years and the first in epee action since 2004. Qualifiers for the upcoming NCAA Championship will be announced on Tuesday, March 12 with the competition slated for March 22-23 in San Antonio, Texas.

February 24, 2013
Men’s Fencing Finishes Third at New England Championship
WALTHAM, Mass. – For the second year in a row, the MIT men’s fencing team captured third place at the New England Championship which was hosted by Brandeis University on Saturday. In a field of 13 teams, the Engineers were the runner-ups in the epee competition, third in sabre, and sixth in foil. Individually, junior Joseph Rafidi (Los Angeles, Calif.) and freshman Nicholas Sledeski (Belle Mead, N.J.) captured the bronze medal in epee and sabre, respectively.

February 13, 2013
Tech Tops Boston College at Beanpot
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – The MIT men’s fencing team edged out host Boston College, 14-13, in the Beanpot on Wednesday night. The Engineers dropped a close decision to Brandeis University (15-12) and also fell to cross-town rival Harvard University (24-3).

February 12, 2013
Evangelos Efstathiou ’00 to Compete in Fencing World Cup
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Following a four-year hiatus from competition, former captain and current MIT fencing assistant coach, Evangelos Efstathiou ’00, will participate in the International Fencing Federation (FIE) World Cup to be held this weekend in Padova, Italy. His qualification to the event came after a 24th place finish at the North American Cup which occurred this past December.

February 3, 2013
Men's Fencing Picks Up Four Wins at Sollee Invitational
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – At the Eric Sollee Invitational on Sunday, the MIT men’s fencing team defeated its foes from the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area in Hunter College (21-6), NYU (14-13), Yeshiva University (26-1), and Stevens Institute of Technology (15-12) but fell to a pair of rivals from Pennsylvania, Haverford College (16-11) and the University of Pennsylvania (21-6).

January 28, 2013
Engineers Post 4-1 Record at NFC Competition
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The MIT men’s fencing team compiled a 4-1 ledger in its final Northeast Fencing Conference (NFC) competition held this past Saturday at Brown University. The Engineers fell to the host Bears (19-8), but defeated Boston College (16-11), Tufts University (22-5), Dartmouth College (15-12), and Vassar College (18-9). The epee team racked up a record of 38-7 on the day while the best individual performance came from freshman Nicholas Sledeski (Belle Mead, N.J.) who won 14 of his 15 bouts in sabre action.

December 2, 2012
MIT Defeats UNC at Brandeis Invitational
WALTHAM, Mass. –The MIT men’s fencing team defeated the University of North Carolina, 15-12, for the first time in eight years while taking on several of the top squads in the country at the Brandeis University Invitational on Sunday. The decision over the Tar Heels was the lone victory for the Engineers as they fell to St. John’s University (21-6), Johns Hopkins University (16-11), Brown University (17-10), and Yale University (17-10).

November 17, 2012
Men’s Fencing Wins Four of Five at NFC Opener
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The MIT men’s fencing team defeated UMass Amherst (23-4), University of New Hampshire (25-2), Brandeis University (16-11), and Boston University (22-5) but fell to Sacred Heart University (15-12) in the first Northeast Fencing Conference competition of the season on Saturday. Junior Joseph Rafidi (Los Angeles, Calif.) won 12 of his 13 epee bouts while classmate Ehsan Izadmehr (Wayne, N.J.) and freshman Nicholas Sledeski (Belle Mead, N.J.) both produced 13-2 records in the sabre competition.

November 5, 2012
Epee Team Leads the Way in Men’s Fencing Season Opener
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. – The MIT men’s fencing team dominated the epee field while freshmen led the charge in the remaining weapons in the season-opening The Big One Invitational hosted by Smith College on Saturday. Junior Joseph Raifidi (Los Angeles, Calif.) won the epee competition for the second year in a row, followed by senior Jackson Crane (San Francisco, Calif.) in second place, freshman Jack Greenfield was tied for third while classmate Giulio Gueltrini (Ravenna, Italy) captured fifth. Freshman Nicholas Sledeski (Belle Mead, N.J.) tied for third place in sabre action as fellow rookie Scott Robinson (Califon, N.J.) registered the Engineers’ top performance in foil by finishing 11th.