Men's Fencing Loses to BrandeisBy David Nauman
Coming off a grueling schedule of double practices during IAP, the men's fencing team squared off with some of the top schools in New England on Saturday.
The first meet pitted MIT against the defending New England champions, Boston College. Mentally and physically fired up, all three squads ran over their competition (foil 6-3, epe 7-2, sabre 5-4) to give the team a solid win.
There were some excellent individual performances against BC. The most notable was starter Matt DuPlessie '99, who, having fenced merely five months, handily finished off all three of his opponents.
Possibly due to such a decisive victory, the mental preparation and intensity necessary to continue winning were relaxed and MIT fell in a close match (13-14) to the University of New Hampshire (foil 4-5, epe 5-4, sabre 4-5.)
MIT then faced the perrenial powerhouse and rival, Brandeis University. Though the desire to win had returned to MIT, the more experienced Brandeis fencers pulled off a 18-9 victory (foil 3-6, epe 2-7, sabre 4-5.)
Still fired up, even after the loss to Brandeis, the three squads crushed Boston University (20-7) substituting many beginners for the starters. Michael Desenna '99 went 2-1 in foil, as did Adrian Perez '98 in epe. The foil squad garnered a 7-2 record against BU, epe a 5-4 win, and the sabre team rounded it out with an impressive 8-1 victory.
The final match up of the long day was against Brown University. Though tired, all three squads fenced strongly (foil 7-2, epe 5-4, sabre 5-4.) The intensity of the IAP practices and the excellent physical condition of the team came in to play as Brown fell 17-10.
In addition to the impressive showing of the beginning fencers, Brian Bower '99 finished off the day with a 12-3 sabre record, David Lewinnek '97 ended up 9-3 in epe, David Nauman '97 closed at 8-3 in foil, and Jae Park '98 fought for an 11-4 foil result. The next meet will be Sunday at MIT.