Fencing Squads Compile 5-3 Record at Brandeis

Dec. 8, 2008

Waltham, MA - In the final competition before breaking for exams and the holidays, the Brown fencing teams had another impressive performance at the Brandeis Fencing Invitational over the weekend, as the men finished 3-1, losing only to Saint John's, while the women went 2-2, with wins over MIT and Boston College. Junior Adam Pantel (Mendham, N.J.) and sophomore Francesca Bartholomew (Boston, MA) led the way for their squads, with a combined 19-4 individual record.

The men's foil was again a very strong event, as the Bears knocked off all four opponents while amassing a cumulative record of 28-8 in it. Bruno was especially impressive against MIT, going 8-1 against them in the foil. Pantel led the way for Brown, as he picked up a 9-2 overall record, including a perfect 5-0 against Brandeis and MIT.

Buoyed by the strong start, the men fought well in the epee as well, and finished with an 18-18 overall record despite going 2-7 against St. John's. Led by junior David Pagliaccia (Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.), who compiled an 8-4 individual record, Brown pulled out an impressive 7-2 win over Boston College, and also knocked off MIT in a close, 5-4 decision. The saber wrapped up the competition for the men, as the Bears wracked up a 16-20 record in the event. Against Brandeis, the men pulled out a 5-4 win, giving Brown a 16-11 victory on the day, along with 20-7 and 17-10 wins over MIT and Boston College respectively. Freshman Peter Tyson (Stony Brook, N.Y.) was the high performer for Brown in the saber, compiling a solid 9-3 record for the Bears, including a perfect 6-0 against Brandeis and MIT.

The women had a similarly impressive performance, scoring a pair of 16-11 wins over MIT and Boston College, and narrowly dropping the match to Brandeis by a final score of 14-13. Once again, the foil set a strong tone for the day, as the women compiled a 21-15 record in the event, including Bartholomew's 10-2 day, which was highlighted by an undefeated record against Brandeis and St. John's.

Though the team stumbled slightly in the epee, with a 13-23 record in the event, they did pull out a 6-3 win over MIT, as senior Robyn Thvedt (Tucson, AZ) wracked up an 8-3 record in the event, with a losing individual record to only St. John's. The women wrapped up the meet with the saber, where they matched the 21-15 mark from the foil, securing a 2-2 record on the day. Junior Randy Alevi (Old Westbury, N.Y.) was the leader for the Bears, compiling perfect records against MIT and BC en route to a 9-3 overall mark. Brown finished the day with a 55-53 record for the day as a whole, and continued to look strong as the season progresses.

The Invitational wraps up the first half of the season for the Bears, but the team will be back in action on January 24, when Brown hosts the NFC #2 competition.