CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS—Brown Fencing put up a stellar performance at the first Northeast Fencing Conference competition of the 2012-2013 season, with the women going undefeated on the day, and the men dropping only one close match-up, 14-13, against Sacred Heart.
The women defeated all five competitors, and four out of the five were huge victories. They crushed BU (22-5), UNH (24-3), Wellesley (23-4) and UMass (24-3), while eking out a close win over Sacred Heart, 14-13.
The men similarly overwhelmed three of their opponents, triumphing over BU (24-3), UNH (26-1), and UMass (20-7). In their face-off with Sacred Heart, after strong fencing and vocal cheering from both sides the decision came down to the final touch of the final bout, which Brown lost 5-4.
A number of Bears had a successful day, including women's foil rookie Audrey Lee (Upper Saddle River, NJ) who went 12-2, and senior Avery Nackman (Katonah, NY) who went 10-2. They led the women's foil to two perfect scores of 9-0 against UNH and Wellesley. For the men's foil it was the rookies again, with Robert Iverson (Basking Ridge, NJ) putting up a 7-1 record and his teammate, Kyle Kennedy (Wall, NJ), going 7-2. The men also had two undefeated matches, going 9-0 against UNH and UMass.
On the epee squad, senior captain Cory Abbe (Scappoose, OR) had an 11-1 record for the women while junior Laney Caldwell (Indian Springs, AL) went 10-1. The women's epee defeated UMass, 9-0. On the men's side, junior captain Benjamin McDonald (Woodlands, TX) posted a 7-1 mark.
The saber squad had impressive performances on their end, as rookie Lauren Altman (New City, NY) tied sophomore Christine Whalen (San Juan Capistrano, CA) for the best record of the day, 12-1. With help from their teammates, they led the squad to a flawless 9-0 finish against UNH. The men's saber team boasted a 9-1 record by junior Nick Deak (San Diego, CA), a 10-1 finish from senior Teddy Weller (Barrington, RI), and an undefeated 9-0 spot from rookie Denis Dukhvalov (Salisbury Mills, NY). Men's saber conquered BU and UNH without dropping a single bout.
The Bears will be back in action in two weeks at the Brandeis Invitational on Sunday, December 2.