Nov. 21, 2006
Cambridge, MA - Despite using the occasion to work most of the team into the lineup, the Brown fencing team swept its 10 matches at the first Northeast Fencing Conference meet of the year. The women went 6-0, while the men swept all four of their matches.
Several members of both the men's and women's teams put forth solid efforts. Freshman Lyla Fujiwara (Rochester, NY) led all Bears by going undefeated at 9-0 in foil. Right behind her was fellow first-year Randy Alevi (Old Westbury, NY), who competed in the maximum 18 bouts and went 17-1 with the sabre. Freshman Kirsten Lynch (Maplewood, NJ) and junior Beth Stelson (Edina, MN), both foilists, had solid 11-1 and 9-1 records, respectively. For the men, two saberists, junior Samuel Levine (Santa Monica, CA) and senior co-captain Dan Mahoney (Haydenville, MA), led the way with respective 11-1 and 10-1 records. Freshman Andreas Varotsis (London, U.K.) was the top rookie for the men, going 9-1 with the foil.
Both teams squared off with Boston University, Tufts and the Universities of New Hampshire and Massachusetts. The women also tangled with Wellesley and Smith Colleges. The men defeated BU, Tufts and UNH by 18-9 scores, then capped the day with a 17-10 win over the Minutemen. The top squad performance came from the foil squad, who defeated their opponents from UNH by a count of 8-1 with all five squad members, Varotsis, senior Jeremy Zeitlin (Piedmont, CA), and sophomores Toby Cohen (New York, NY), Elias Jaffa (Foster, RI), and Nick Bender (New York, NY).
The women were even more dominant, with every squad going undefeated. They defeated BU and Smith by 23-4 scores, UNH and UMass, 22-5, Wellesley, 20-7, and Tufts, 18-9. Each squad had at least one 9-0 win, with the foil squad accomplishing sweeps against BU, Smith, and UMass. The foil squad swept Wellesley and Smith, while the Epeeists swept BU. Each squad also won at least 40 matches.
The second NFC meet will take place Jan. 27 at Brown. The team's final meet of the fall semester will be Sunday, Dec. 3, at the Brandeis Invitational.