GREENWICH VILLAGE, N.Y. - The Columbia men's fencing team bolstered its number one ranking in the national coaches poll released this week by going 5-0 against some of the nation's best in the NYU Invitational Saturday.
    
The sixth-ranked Lion women's team was nearly perfect, a narrow 15-12 loss to fifth-ranked Ohio State was the only blemish in a 4-1 day. Together, Columbia's standout teams defeated such stalwarts as the Buckeyes, Notre Dame, St. John's, Wayne State, Northwestern and North Carolina.

Not only were the men undefeated on the day, they only dropped the sabre portion of their contest against the Tar Heels. Drew Johnston paced the squad with a 12-3 mark in the foil, while Adam Mathieu was right behind with a 10-2 mark.

The men’s sabrists bounced back from its early morning defeat and coasted to victories in the next four bouts.

On the women’s side, Nzingha Prescod returned to her natural weapon of foil to post a 14-1 record. Fellow foilist Jackie Dubrovich was equally as impressive, only falling to Lee Kiefer in her second bout against the Fighting Irish. Margaret Lu finished the day ripping off six-straight wins to help the trio sweep Wayne State and the Red Storm.

NYU Invitational
Greenwich Village, N.Y.
Saturday, January 25, 2014


Men's Fencing (5-0)
17-10 North Carolina, 17-10 Notre Dame, 21-6 Ohio State, 23-4 Wayne State, 19-8 St. John's

Women's Fencing (4-1)
16-11 Northwestern, 16-11 Notre Dame, 12-15 Ohio State, 24-3 Wayne State, 14-13 St. John's

MEN’S TEAM

Columbia 17, North Carolina 10
S: Gokea 1-2, Ahn 2-1, Rodriguez 1-2 (4-5 combined)

F: Mathieu 3-0, Bergman 2-1, Johnston 3-0 (8-1)
E: Tapai 2-0, Singh 1-2, Schorr 2-1, Ridge 0-1 (5-4)

Columbia 17, Notre Dame 10
S: Spear 1-2, Josephs 2-1, Loss 3-0 (6-3)

F: Mathieu 3-0, Bergman 0-3, Johnston 2-1 (5-4)
E: Ro 2-0, Wan 3-0, Hoyle 1-2, Tapai 0-1 (6-3)

Columbia 21, Ohio State 6
S: Spear 2-1, Josephs 3-0, Loss 3-0 (8-1)

F: Mathieu 2-1, Bergman 2-1, Johnston 2-1 (6-3)
E: Ro 3-0, Hoyle 3-0, Wan 1-2 (7-2)

Columbia 23, Wayne State 4
S: Rodriguez 3-0, Ahn 3-0, Gokea 3-0 (9-0)

F: Bergman 3-0, Johnston 3-0, Doyle 2-1 (8-1)
E: Ridge 0-2, Singh 2-1, Basile 3-0, Tapai 1-0 (6-3)

Columbia 19, St. John’s 8
S: Loss 3-0, Spear 2-0, Josephs 2-1, Rodriguez 0-1 (7-2)

F: Mathieu 2-1, Bergman 2-1, Johnston 2-1 (6-3)
E: Wan 3-0, Ro 1-2, Hoyle 2-1 (6-3)

Leaders: Johnston 12-3, Mathieu 10-2, Bergman 9-6, Wan 7-2, Ro 6-2, Hoyle 6-3

WOMEN’S TEAM

Columbia 16, Northwestern 11
S: Boenning 0-3, Laffey 2-1, Yee 1-2 (3-6)

F: Prescod 2-1, Lu 2-1, Dubrovich 3-0 (7-2)
E: Speta 2-1, Gegan 2-1, Tsinis 2-1 (6-3)

Columbia 16, Notre Dame 11
S: Boenning 1-2, Yee 1-2, Laffey 2-1 (4-5)

F: Prescod 3-0, Lu 2-1, Dubrovich 2-1 (7-2)
E: Speta 1-2, Rand 2-1, Tsinis 2-1 (5-4)

Columbia 12, Ohio State 15
S: Boenning 0-3, Yee 0-3, Laffey 1-2 (1-8)

F: Prescod 3-0, Lu 0-3, Dubrovich 3-0 (6-3)
E: Speta 1-1, Rand 2-1, Tsinis 2-1, Gegan 0-1 (5-4)

Columbia 24, Wayne State 3
S: Boenning 3-0, Laffey 2-1, Freeman 1-2 (6-3)

F: Prescod 3-0, Lu 3-0, Dubrovich 3-0 (9-0)
E: Rand 3-0, Gegan 3-0, Green 3-0 (9-0)

Columbia 14, St. John’s 13
S: Freeman 0-3, Laffey 2-1, Yee 3-0 (5-4)

F: Prescod 3-0, Lu 3-0, Dubrovich 3-0 (9-0)
E: Rand 0-3, Gegan 0-2, Green 0-3, Tsinis 0-1 (0-9)

Leaders: Dubrovich 14-1, Prescod 14-1, Lu 10-5, Laffey 8-6, Rand 7-4, Tsinis 6-4