Fencing teams sticks it to BrandeisBy Martin Dickau
The fencing teams rebounded from some tough weekend losses to sweep host Brandeis University Tuesday night. The women romped, 14-2, and the men put an exciting cap on their season, roaring back from a 7-2 deficit to win, 14-13, by capturing the last three 'ep'ee bouts.
The bad luck that followed the sabre squad all weekend continued into the Brandeis meet. The team won only two of its nine bouts, losing three by only one touch.
Russell Holtz '85 won all three of his foil bouts, and Mitchel Messer '85 won two, as the foil squad came out ahead by one bout, 5-4. The wins gave Holtz a 32-4 record on the season and Messer a 16-8 mark.
The 'ep'ee squad, led by Alan Williams '85 and Rex Kochanski '85, provided the major fireworks. The team won seven of its nine bouts -- Williams and Kochanski had three apiece, and Dan Lord '85 added the other one.
MIT was down 13-11 going into the last round of 'ep'ee bouts. Kochanski and Lord came through with victories to tie the match, leaving the Engineers' fate solely in Williams' hands. The MIT senior and his Brandeis opponent battled to a 4-4 tie before Williams was finally able to come away with the individual and team victory.
Williams finished the season with a 27-9 mark in 'ep'ee, and an additional 3-0 mark from a short stint on foil. Kochanski ended at 15-14, and Lord at an even 6-6.
The women's team, meanwhile, had a relatively uninteresting match, easily breezing through the Judges. Ann Zabludoff '86 and Linda Ystueta '88 led the squad, capturing all four of their bouts. Captain Penny Axelrad '85 and Karen Dryer '88 were close behind with three victories each.
The easy win was welcome relief after three weekend losses. The team fell to the visiting University of North Carolina by one touch, 9-8, Friday evening, followed by a 9-7 loss to Duke Saturday morning and another 9-8 loss, this time by four touches, to Cornell Saturday afternoon.
The men fared little better over the weekend, falling 18-9 to North Carolina, defeating Duke, 16-11, and losing to Cornell, 14-13.
The women's team has one more regular-season match Thursday against Wellesley. Both teams will then participate in the New England Championships next weekend. The men's championships will be here Saturday, and the women will travel to Rhode Island College for their competition Sunday.
Head coach Eric Sollee says he plans to hold some of his seniors, particularly former New England champs Holtz and Messer, out of the competition in order to give the rest of the team some experience in post-season action.