Women's Fencers Sweep NFC for Third Consecutive Season, Clinch Title

Jan. 28, 2008

Providence, RI - For the third consecutive season, the Brown women's fencing team (15-1) ran the table in the Northeast Fencing Conference, winning all six of its matches on Saturday's second conference meet, held at Boston College, to go 12-0 for the NFC season. The men (7-7), were only able to win one of their five matches, including two losses by just one bout, 13-14, to Dartmouth and Vassar.

While it was mostly smooth sailing for the women, the key match of the day was Brown's first, against host BC. The Bears won the narrowest of victories, taking a 14-13 win over the Eagles, led by the saber squad's 7-2 performance. Freshman Francesca Bartholomew (Boston, MA), who continued her strong rookie season by going 14-2 on the day, clinched the match with a 5-4 win in the final foil rotation. From there, the team coasted, beating Dartmouth, 22-5; Sacred Heart, 19-8; Vassar, 16-11; Smith, 25-2; and Brandeis, 19-8.

Senior Christine Livoti (Garden City, NY) led the Bears with 15 wins on the day in the epée, losing only two bouts. Her squadmates, juniors Christina Salvatore (Chevy Chase, MD) and Robyn Thvedt (Tucson, AZ), also hit double-digits, going 11-1 and 10-5, respectively. Freshman Francesca Bartholomew (Boston, MA) continued her strong rookie season in the foil, going 14-2 on the day, with her squadmate, sophomore Kirsten Lynch (Maplewood, NJ) turning in a 10-4 performance. In the saber, sophomore Randy Alevi (Old Westbury, NY) had a 14-3 record, with junior Deborah Gorth (Amherst, MA) adding a 10-4 mark.

The men's day started and ended with tough losses to Boston College, 19-8, and #9 Brandeis, 21-6. After losing to the Big Green by one in their second match, the Bears topped Sacred Heart, 16-11, only to take another one-bout loss to Vassar in their fourth match.

Once again, it was the foil squad pacing the men. Sophomore Adam Pantel (Mendham, NJ) was the only Brown male in double-figures, going 10-2. Freshman Scott Phillips (Great Neck, NY) was right behind him at 9-2. The foil squad wound up accounting for more than half of the Bears' bouts won on the day, taking 32 wins in the five matches.

Next weekend, the Bears will take a major step up in competition, traveling to Yale for the first Ivy League competition. Columbia, Penn, Harvard, and Princeton are all ranked in top 10 in the first USFCA Coaches' Poll of the season.

Women's results
Brown 14, Boston College 13 (4-5 epée, 3-6 foil, 7-2 saber)
Brown 22, Dartmouth 5 (8-1 epée, 6-3 foil, 8-1 saber)
Brown 19, Sacred Heart 8 (8-1 epée, 8-1 foil, 3-6 saber)
Brown 16, Vassar 11 (6-3 epée, 6-3 foil, 4-5 saber)
Brown 25, Smith 2 (7-2 epée, 9-0 foil, 9-0 saber)
Brown 19, Brandeis 8 (7-2 epée, 6-3 foil, 6-3 saber)

Men's results
Boston College 19, Brown 8 (1-8 epée, 7-2 foil, 0-9 saber)
Dartmouth 14, Brown 13 (5-4 epée, 8-1 foil, 0-9 saber)
Brown 16, Sacred Heart 11 (6-3 epée, 5-4 foil, 5-4 saber)
Vassar 14, Brown 13 (4-5 epée, 8-1 foil, 1-8 saber)
#9 Brandeis 21, Brown 6 (1-8 epée, 4-5 foil, 1-8 saber)