Bears Compete at Ivy #1

Feb. 9, 2009

New York, N.Y. - The Brown fencing teams struggled in their first Ivy League action of the season over the weekend, as the men tied for fourth with a 1-2 record on the day, while the women went 0-4 to pick up a seventh place finish at the Ivy #1 competition at Columbia.

The men kicked off the day with an exciting 14-13 win over Yale, a match that easily could have gone either way. Bruno had a solid opening in the saber, which saw the Bears grab a 7-2 advantage courtesy of matching 3-0 records by junior Steven Ellis (Bethesda, MD) and rookie Peter Tyson (Stony Brook, NY). Things got significantly tighter in the foil, however, as Brown squeaked out a 5-4 victory, led by junior Adam Pantel's (Mendham, N.J.) undefeated 3-0 mark. After two events, Brown appeared to have an insurmountable lead at 12-6, but the Bulldogs nearly made a comeback in the epee, going 7-2 against the Bears to pull the final score within a single point. Bruno had just enough points to escape with their first win of the day, however.

In the second match of the day, Columbia quickly took control, taking an 8-1 advantage after the saber, which they would not relinquish. The Lions then went on to a 6-3 win in the foil and a 5-4 win in the epee, giving them a 19-8 win over Brown. The finale was more of the same for Bruno, as Penn took matching 6-3 decisions in the saber and foil before capping off the match with a resounding 9-0 victory in the epee, giving the Quakers a 21-6 overall victory.

On the women's side, Brown faced a similarly tough day. In the opener, the Bears recorded their closest match of the day in a 17-10 loss against Cornell. Bruno captured the saber by a 6-3 margin, as all three fencers compiled 2-1 individual records. However, the Big Red rallied back for 6-3 and 8-1 wins in the foil and epee, giving Cornell the win. The saber was strong once again in the second bout, against Yale, as Charlotte Rose's (Bethesda, MD) 3-0 record led the Bears to an early 6-3 win. The Bulldogs proved too strong over the rest of the match though, taking the foil and epee by a combined 15-3 margin.

Over the final two matches, Brown's struggles continued, as Columbia and Penn ran away with matching 23-4 victories, dropping the Bears to 0-4 on the day, and giving them seventh place in the competition.

The Bears will be back in action on Sunday, February 22, when they host the Ivy #2 in Providence.