NEW YORK – After a rousing start to the season two weekends ago, the Columbia fencing squads will be back in action on Sunday, Dec. 8 when they take part in the Brandeis Invitational in Waltham, Mass.
SETTING THE SCENE
“This is a new tournament for us,” head coach Michael Aufrichtig said. “All five schools have strong individuals, but overall, I believe we are the strongest team there. We should be able to get a variety of people into our lineup and that will be important later on in the season.”
LAST TIME OUT
The Lions won 4-of-5 bouts at the Columbia Invitational on Nov. 22, highlighted by the men’s, 19-8, victory over defending National Champions Princeton. The women came up just shy of knocking off the Tigers, falling by the slimmest of margins, 14-13. The men also knocked off NJIT (24-3) and Stevens (23-4), while the women bounced back to top NJIT, 24-3.
SCOUTING THE FIELD
Johns Hopkins combined to go 9-1, including a 5-0 effort from its women’s team at the Johns Hopkins Invite on Nov. 24 to kick-off its season. The Blue Jay women easily dispatched NJIT, Yeshiva, Virginia, Army and Navy. The men’s team earned victories over Army, Hunter, NJIT and Yeshiva. Their only loss came to Stevens (13-14).
Air Force will compete for the first time as a team after participating in several individual tournaments during the fall.
Brandeis tied for first place with Brown and Sacred Heart at the Northeast Fencing Conference Tournament on Nov. 16. The Judges men’s team posted a 4-1 mark, defeating Boston University, UMass Amherst, New Hampshire and MIT and falling to Sacred Heart. The women went 5-1, beating MIT, Wellesley, UMass, UNH and BU while dropping a 13-14 decision to Sacred Heart.
Boston College has yet to fence this season.
MIT posted a 7-4 mark at the NFC Tournament on Nov. 16. The men went 3-2, edging out Boston University, UMass Amherst and New Hampshire and fell to Brandeis and Sacred Heart. The women went 4-2, beating BU, Wellesley, UMass Amherst and UNH while falling to Brandeis and Sacred Heart.
Sophomore women’s foilist Jackie Dubrovich along with junior men’s sabrists Michael Josephs and Will Spear have all started the collegiate season 6-0. More impressively, each picked up wins over 2012-13 All-Americans from Princeton. Dubrovich bested Eve Levin, who placed 10th at the NCAA Championships, 5-3, in her opening bout against the Tigers. Josephs and Spears each came up victorious against Rob Stone (seventh at the NCAA Championships), by identical 5-2 scores.
MATHIEU CROSSES THE POND
Sophomore Adam Mathieu spent last weekend in London, competing at the London Foil Junior World Cup where he claimed 15th place.
The Lions will take an extended break for final exams and holidays before competing at the Penn State Invitational on Jan. 11 where they will take on Temple (women only), Haverford (men only), Penn State, Drew, Duke and North Carolina.