December 5, 2009

Men's fencing goes 1-3 with win over Brown at 2009 Brandeis Invitational

WALTHAM, Mass. – The Brandeis University fencing team hosted the first of its two events of the 2009-10 season today, the Brandeis Invitational. Facing some of their toughest competition of the season, the Judges struggled. The Brandeis men opened with a 14-13 win over Brown University, but the Judges were unable to pull out any more victories, finishing 1-3.

The highlight of the day for Brandeis came in the very first match against Brown. The Judges took the saber, 5-4, and the epee, 6-3, but the match came down to the final bouts in foil. Needing to win two of the last three, rookie Jason Lefenfeld (Beverly, Mass./St. Johns Prep) gave the Judges a 13-12 lead with a 5-2 win. After the Bears tied it at 13, sophomore Sean Norton (Leonia, N.J./Dwight-Englewood) earned a 5-3 victory in the last match, giving the Judges the win. Juniors Jon Rollock (Gilford, N.H./Gilford) and Adam Austin (Dix Hills, N.Y./Commack) earned a pair of wins in saber action, while all three senior epee competitors – Will Bedor (Rego Park, N.Y./Francis Lewis), Alex Clos (Arlington, Mass./Arlington) and Andrew Travis (Taunton, Mass./Bristol-Plymouth) went 2-1 as well.

The epee squad continued its success throughout the day, going 7-2 in losses to St. John's (12-15) and Yale (10-17). Sophomore Alex Powell (Upper Montclair, N.J./Monclair) went 2-0 and senior Jared Shackleford (Arlington, Texas/homeschooled) went 2-1 against the Red Storm, while Powell also put together a 3-0 record against the Bulldogs. In a loss to North Carolina, the closest weapon was the saber, where the Tar Heels won, 5-4, despite a 2-1 mark from Rollock.

COMPLETE RESULTS

BRANDEIS 14, Brown 13 (S, 5-4; F, 3-6; E, 6-3)
North Carolina 19, BRANDEIS 8 (S, 5-4; F, 8-1; E, 6-3)
St. John’s 15, BRANDEIS 12 (S, 7-2; F, 6-3; E, 2-7)
Yale 17, BRANDEIS 10 (S, 7-2; F, 8-1; E, 2-7)

Brown 16, BC 11 (S, 4-5; F, 8-1; E, 4-5)
Brown 15, MIT 12 (S, 6-3; F, 5-4; E, 4-5)
North Carolina 15, BC 12 (S, 1-8; F, 7-2; E, 7-2)
North Carolina 18, Brown 9 (S, 4-5; F, 6-3; E, 8-1)
North Carolina 19, MIT 8 (S, 6-3; F, 8-1; E, 5-4)
St. John’s 17, BC 10 (S, 8-1; F, 6-3; E, 3-6)
St. John’s 16, Brown 11 (S, 7-2; F, 4-5; E, 5-4)
St. John’s 19, MIT (S, 9-0; F, 4-5; E, 6-3)
Yale 18, BC 9 (S, 6-3; F, 9-0; E, 3-6)
Yale 21, MIT 6 (S, 8-1; F, 7-2; E, 6-3)
Yale 14, North Carolina 13 (S, 5-4; E, 4-5; E, 5-4)
Yale 14, St. John’s 13 (S, 2-7; F, 8-1; E, 4-5)