Men’s Fencing Captures 25th New England Championship, Law Claims Foil Title

A group photo of the men's and women's fencing teams facing forward

THE BASICS:

- Event: New England Championship

- Results: 1st of 9

- Location: Wellesley, Mass. (Wellesley College)

- The Lead: For the 25th time in program history and first since 2008, the MIT men's fencing team captured the New England Intercollegiate Fencing Championship on Saturday. First-year Robert Law (Los Altos, Calif.) won the foil title, becoming the first fencer to accomplish this feat since Ben Nield '12 in 2010, while helping the foil team finish second overall. Led by first-year Aaron Lu's (Belmont, Calif.) sixth-place performance, the sabre unit also finished in second place. First-year Ritaank Tiwari (Los Gatos, Calif.) powered the epee squad by tying for third place as the Engineers ranked third in the team standings.

Epee (Third-place finish with 16-8 record)

 

Ritaank Tiwari Tied for Third Place 5-3 record (3rd in Group B) Pool Round: 3-2 record Round of 8: Won 15-14 vs. Mike Jaklitsch (Vassar)
Semifinals: Lost 15-13 vs. Chris Armstrong (Brandeis)
Sheel Patel Fifth Place 8-0 record (1st in Group A) Pool Round: 5-0 record Round of 8: Lost 15-12 vs. Jack Gillman (BU)
Arjun Gupta n/a 3-5 record (6th in Group C) n/a n/a

 

Foil (Fourth-place finish with 22-7 record)

 

Robert Law First Place 6-2 record (2nd in Group B) Pool Round: 5-0 record Round of 8: Won 15-10 vs. Chris Gaehde (Vassar)
Semifinals: Won 15-7 vs. Avi Zeff (MIT)
Final: Won 14-13 vs. Trevor Filseth (Brandeis)
Avi Zeff Tied for Third Place
(Career Best)
6-1 record (1st in Group C) Pool Round: 3-2 record Round of 8: Won 15-11 vs. Christopher Kiel (MIT)
Semifinals: Lost 15-7 vs. Robert Law (MIT)
Christopher Kiel Sixth Place 6-2 record (3rd in Group B) Pool Round: 3-2 record Round of 8: Lost 15-11 vs. Avi Zeff (MIT) 

 

Sabre (Second-place finish with 19-4 record)

 

Aaron Lu Sixth Place 7-1 record (1st in Group A) Pool Round: 4-1 record Round of 8: Lost 15-13 to Donal Mahoney (UMass)
Connor Dotson Ninth Place
(Career Best)
6-1 record (2nd in Group C) Pool Round: 2-3 record n/a
Aidan Simpson 11th Place 6-2 record (3rd in Group B) Pool Round: 0-5 record n/a

 

UP NEXT:

- MIT continues its postseason push on Sunday, March 10 at the NCAA Northeast Regional Championship hosted by Vassar College.

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