February 6, 2011

Fencing Teams Pick Up Four Victories at Eric Sollee Invite

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The MIT men's and women's fencing team each won two matches at Sunday's Eric Sollee Invitational Fencing Tournament, hosted by the Engineers. The women's team scored a 25-2 thrashing of Yeshiva and a 22-5 victory over Hunter College, while the men's team took care of Yeshiva by the same score and Hunter by a 17-10 tally.  

The biggest victory for the women may have been in their 20-7 defeat at the hands of defending national champions Penn State. Junior sabre Molly Kozminsky came through with a 3-0 record in the match, including a 5-2 victory over World Junior Championships bronze medalist Nicole Glon.

The women's sabre team cruised to a 36-17 record, losing only one match (a 5-4 loss to Penn). Kozminksy had 14 victories, including another sweep of Yeshiva, while Robin Shin went 15-3 in her bouts, posting sweeps of Penn State, NYU, and Yeshiva.

Women's foil won 19 of their 54 matches , but posted a 9-0 shutout of Yeshiva and an 8-1 win over Hunter. Jenna Caldwell and Julia Hopkins each posted 3-0 perfect 3-0 records in both of those matches, while Ana Escalante added one in the win over Yeshiva. The epee team posted a 24-30 record, including 7-2 and 8-1 wins in the squads two victories.

On the men's side, the best record was posted by the sabre team, who went 26-28 in winning three of its matches. Maximilian Brand posted 9 victories for the Engineers, including sweeps of NYU, Hunter and Yeshiva, and Tech's only two points in a loss to Penn.

The epee squad won 24 of its 54 matches, led by Jackson Crane. The sophomore finished with a 13-5 record on the afternoon, shutting out opponents from Penn, Hunter and Yeshiva. The foil team won 18 matches. Junior Benjamin Nield took eight points for MIT, sweeping all of his competitors from Penn. Daniel Levine also pitched in several important points for the men's foil.

The Engineers women dropped its other three matches, a 14-13 heartbreaker to NYU, a 20-7 loss to Penn and a 21-6 defeat at the hands of Duke. Tech's men also fell in its four other matches, losing 24-3 to Pen State, 15-12 to NYU, 18-9 to Penn, and 25-2 to Duke.

The Eric Sollee Invite, named after the long-time MIT fencing coach, featured 11 schools from across the East Coast competing in seven rounds of competition on both the women's and men's side. Joining MIT were Penn State, Brandeis, Penn, Boston College, Hunter, Yeshiva, NYU, Duke, Harvard and Brown.

The Engineers will have a week and a half to recover from the long day of competition, but will hit the strips again on February 16th. They will travel to Brandeis University to compete in the mid-week Bean Pot, starting at 6:00 PM.