CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – The Brandeis fencing teams each went 1-2 on Wednesday evening at the 2017 Beanpot Tournament. The Brandeis men defeated host Boston College while the women narrowly edged MIT. Harvard ranked #8 for the men and #9 women won the tournament for the eighth and ninth years in a row, respectively.
For the men, the Judges opened with a 20-7 defeat at the hands of Harvard. Epee and saber were 6-3 each, while foil was 8-1 for the Crimson. Up next, Brandeis won all three weapons against Boston College in a 19-8 win. Foil bounced back with a 7-2 win, while saber took a 5-4 victory and epee won, 6-3. Against MIT, the Judges were handed a 14-13 defeat despite winning two of three weapons. Foil and saber prevailed by the same scores as against BC, but the Engineers were 8-1 victors in epee action to take the win. Harvard finished the night 3-0, while the other three squads each earned one win to finish at 1-2.
On the women's side, Harvard opened with a 21-6 victory. Foil was the closest weapon at 6-3, while epee was 7-2 and saber 8-1. Against the host Eagles, Brandeis was swept again, with saber and epee suffering narrow 5-4 defeats, while foil fell, 6-3. The Judges closed the night with a 15-12 win over rival MIT thanks to the foil squad, which provided an 8-1 win to offset a 5-4 saber loss and a 6-3 defeat in epee. Harvard finished 3-0, BC was 2-1, Brandeis finished 1-2 and MIT was 0-3 on the evening.
The Judges return to action on March 4 for the New England Collegiate Championships at the University of Vermont, with the NCAA Northeast Regional Championships the following weekend at Yale.