Fiery fencers get to the point this season
In the first match of the day, both teams took on host school Brown. The men’s team was led by their sabre squad in this match, who went 9–0, but losses by foil, 6–3, and epee, 8–1, meant the men dropped the match 14–13. The women’s foil also posted a dominant record versus Brown, 8–1, but 7–2 losses by the other weapons meant they were also defeated 15–12 by Brown.
In their second match of the day, both teams advanced to take on Boston College, and were dispatched 18–9. For the men’s team, Brandeis won in the sabre competition, 6–3, but lost in foil by the same 6–3 score. A 9–0 epee sweep by the Boston College Eagles was the difference in this match. On the women’s side, it was the same situation: an 8–1 win for foil, an 8–1 loss for sabre and another 9–0 BC sweep of epee made the difference again.
It wasn’t until their third match that the day against Tufts University Jumbos for the Judges started stringing wins together. For the women’s team, the epee squad led the way, their 7–2 win offsetting pair 5–4 losses by the other two weapons, brought the final score to 15–12. The men made quick work of the Jumbos, a 9–0 foil sweep and 7–2 wins at sabre and epee making the final score 23–4.
Their fourth match of the day was the team’s final match against a varsity opponent, Vassar College. The men defeated Vassar 19–8 behind wins for all three weapons: 8–1 for sabre, 6–3 for foil, and 5–4 at epee. The women were victorious as well, with wins at foil (7–2) and sabre (5–4) outweighing a 6–3 loss at epee.
The final two matches against the day were against University of Rhode Island and Dartmouth, who do not have varsity fencing teams.
The men defeated include Leon Rotenstein ’19, who went 11–1 in four matches, and Shawn Pyatetsky ’20, who himself was 9–1. Despite losing his first two matches, Trevor Filseth ’20 rallied to win his final eight and end with a record of 8–2 on the day. Garett Tordo ’21 and Harrison Kaisch ’22 each had 5 wins apiece.
For the women’s team, Joanne Carminucci ’19 and Jessica Gets ’20 went undefeated on the day, posting records of 12–0 and 10–0 respectively. Jada Harrison ’22 earned a win in all six matches for the women’s sabre squad, making her one of the day’s top performers. Hannah Mui ’20 impressed in her first meet with sabre after switching over from foil, posting eight wins of her own. Dakota Levy ’20 also had eight wins of her own for epee.
When asked about what he looks forward to as the season progresses into its end stages, Rotenstein replied, “The season is more than halfway finished. The men have like 4 events left, and that’s not including NCAA Championships, if someone qualifies this year. Losing the conference championship title this past weekend was rough, but I am looking forward to New England Championships to try and regain some titles there like Best Squad Overall and such that Men’s saber won my freshman year. There will also be a meet this weekend where we get to fence the only other UAA fencing school: NYU. I’m also excited for the Beanpot where Brandeis will host BC, MIT, and Harvard, as we go head to head to win the title for Boston’s Fencing School. Lastly I’m hyped for Regionals at Vassar. It’s been a long season but it’s moved pretty quickly and I hope someone can break Brandeis’s streak of not qualifying someone for NCAA’s.”