Jan. 27, 2003
Chestnut Hill, MA - The Brown fencing team made the trip to Chestnut Hill to compete in the second League Meet of the season hosted by Boston College on Saturday, January 25. Fresh from the rigor of the Hell Week winter training session, the team put on a strong show. The men went 3-2 on the day, defeating MIT, Tufts and Dartmouth while losing to Boston College, and Harvard. On the women's side, the Bears came away with victrories over Dartmouth and Smith College but dropped matches against MIT, Boston College, Tufts and Harvard for a 2-4 record on the day.
The day started with Brown's harshest rivals, MIT. The men's team lossed by a close score of 14-13 while the women dropped the match 16-11. Saber made a particularly strong showing amongst the women's team, beating the opponents 6-3. The men triumphed over MIT, with the deciding bout won by foilist freshman Jeremy Moore, a walk-on who has been fencing for five months. Fellow freshman and walk-on foilist Jimmy Dorroh won two great bouts against MIT's varsity fencers. Freshman Lacey Gray started the meet with a strong 5-2 win and continued her powerhouse style all day.
The next match was equally difficult, against hosts Boston College. Both the men's and women's teams ended up dropping the matches 14-13, but there were many great moments along the way. In men's foil Dorroh had a score of 4-0 against BC's strongest fencer, an admirable feat, before the opponent came back to win 5-4. Men's epeeist senior Matt Ivester beat Moyston, BC's strongest fencer, in a phenomenal and intense bout that went to time. Men's saber swept the opponents 9-0, women's saber won 5-4, and women's epee finished up 5-4.
The men's team came away with a 18-9 victory over Tufts University. The women's team lost another close match 14-13. Highlights included the solid performances from women's epee at 7-2 and men's saber with a sweep at 9-0.
The men's team took a break to cheer for the women's team as they fenced Smith College. Walk-on saberist freshman Mayalisa Holtzman fenced and won her first intercollegiate bout, beating Smith's Carroll 5-2. Walk-on freshman foilist Juliane Kellner earned her first competitive win, against Brenneman, also with a score of 5-2. All three women's squads beat Smith to secure a solid victory for the team with a 19-8 score.
Dartmouth was the next opponent, and the match boasted yet another competitive bout and victory for both the men and women. The men won by a score of 20-7 while the women won 18-9. This time it was freshman foilist Claire Coiro, who beat her rival with a score of 5-2 and saved the meet for the foil squad. The women's epee squad went 7-2, women's foil 6-3, and women's saber 5-4 to make a strong win for the women's team. The men fared equally well, beating Dartmouth 8-1 in epee, 5-4 in foil and 7-2 in saber.
The day ended with a match against Harvard. Both the men and women lost by scores of 21-6 and 20-7 respectively. Senior Matt Ivester beat National Team epeeist Rose with a score of 5-3, and epee teammate freshman Adrian Martin beat Harvard's Soto 5-1. The women's epee team powered through the match to a 6-3 win and a great performance by freshmen Ruth Schneider and Lucy Walker, junior Allesandra Assante and senior Sophie Klein. Brown is currently the number one women's epee squad in the league.
The Brown fencers will return to competitive action on Sunday Feb. 2 at MIT for an invitational meet.