November 26, 2002

Brown Fencers Beat Vassar, Fall to St. John's and Boston College

Nov. 26, 2002

The Brown fencing team made its way to Brandeis University for the first invitational meet of the season on Sunday Nov. 24. The team competed against St. John's University, Boston College and Vassar College. Both the men's and women's teams went 1-2 on the day, beating Vassar but dropping matches to St. John's and Boston.

The day began with Brown's toughest rival, St. John's University, runner-up in the 2001 NCAA Team Championships. Men's saber had a spirited showing, as each member of the Brown squad beat St. Johns' only saberist and earned a 9-0 sweep. The men's saber team includes senior All-American Paul Friedman, sophomore Dan Dorsky and freshman Jeremy Adler.

The women's epee team also put forth a heroic effort, beating St. John's 5-4. In the last bout the match was tied 4-4 as freshman Ruth Schneider went up against 2000 Olympian Arlene Stevens. At that critical moment Schneider tied the score 1-1, the bout went to time, Schneider lost priority and then came through with a beautiful touch, securing both the bout and the match for her team. Fellow epeeists, junior Alessandra Assante and senior Sophie Klein, contributed victories with their signature style and flair.

The final score against St. John's was 5-22 for the women and 9-18 for the men.

The Bears shook off St. John's and were victorious over their next oponent, Vassar College, with men's saber earning another 9-0 sweep. Women's epee had a great showing of 8-1, as did women's saber with a spectacular 7-2 mark. Men's epee earned a 5-4 score, while both the men's and women's foil squads went 0-9.

The day wrapped up with the match against Boston College, which has a very strong team this year. Sophomore John Wurzel won a bout for men's foil against the Eagle's Dimi Kotsinosos, avenging Kotsinosos' win at the New England Championship last February. Men's foil went 1-8, while women's foil made a strong effort with a 4-5 mark. Women's epee went 6-3 and men's saber went 7-2. Men's epee and women's saber each earned a 2-7 mark to finish off a close match, the final scores of which were 12-15 for the women and 10-17 for the men.

Sunday's meet was the last of the semester for Brown. The bouting action continues on January 25 at Boston College, where the undefeated women's epee and men's saber squads will lead the team into the spring season.