Maggie Shealy ’23 rushes with her saber (Photo by Sportspix.com)
WALTHAM, Mass. – The Brandeis University men’s fencing team went 4-1 today, winning its last four games, including the team’s first win over Boston College under coach -chief. Jennie Salmon, in the second of three meetings of the Northeast Fencing Conference season. The Brandeis Women went 1-4 that day as they shot a bit shorthanded.
The day opened with a round against one of the judges’ main rivals, MIT. The men suffered their only defeat of the day, 16-11, while the women lost a heart by a score of 14-13 despite a 7-2 victory for the foil team.
In the second round, the men edged Brown, 14-13, with a 7-2 victory in saber and 5-4 in epee. The women gave up a 22-5 decision. Against club sides Dartmouth in the third round, the men rode 22-5, while the women took their only victory, 17-8. The unusual score on the women’s side was due to Brandeis’ fencing with only two female saber competitors, while the Big Green had just one.
In round 4, the men edged past Vassar, 21-6, while the women suffered a 16-11 loss despite another saber victory, 6-3.
The day ended with a tremendous victory for the judges against British Columbia, 16-11. The epee team finished a 4-1 day with a 7-2 victory, while the foil team went 5-4 to edge out the Eagles. The women suffered a 19-8 loss to British Columbia.
Individually, the men’s saber and epee each went 4-1 on the day, while the women’s saber picked up two valiant victories for the women despite having only two fencers. Junior Ben Rogak (East Setauket, NY / Ward-Melville) led the men’s team with an 8-1 record, going 3-0 against BC and earning two wins over MIT and Brown and one over Vassar. First year teammate Tal Kronrod (Concord, MA/Concord Carlisle) went 7-2 in the afternoon, going 2-1 against MIT and BC, 2-0 against Brown and 1-0 against Vassar. First year Tony Escueta (Grand Prairie, TX/Abeka Home School Academy) continued his strong rookie season with an 8-1 record, going 3-0 against MIT and Vassar and 2-1 against BC. Second year Luke Ritchie (Baltimore, Maryland / St. Paul’s School) led the foil team with a score of 7-5.
For women, it was junior Maggie Shealy (Chapel Hill, NC/East Chapel Hill) who shone again, going 11-2, with 3-0 scores against Brown and Vassar, 2-1 against BC and MIT and 1-0 against Dartmouth. First year Alex McKee (Nyack, NY/Nyack) also contributed six wins.
Brandeis returns to action next Sunday in Cambridge at the Eric Sollee Invitational.