February 3, 2004

Fencers Beat Ivy Rival Brown

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Cornell held its own against four New England fencing powerhouses at the Brandeis Multi Meet this weekend. The Red defeated Ivy rival Brown and Boston College but fell to strong Brandeis and MIT squads to finish the weekend even at 2-2.

The Red started off the meet with a 17-10 victory over Brown. Freshman foilist Beth Rubin led the Red with a personal record of 3-0.

After beating the Bears, the Red faced host Brandeis. The saber squad managed to pull out a close win in its weapon, beating Brandeis, 5-4. However, the epee squad fell 5-4 and the foilists lost by a score of 6-3. Brandeis walked away with a tight victory, winning 15-12.

“You’re never really satisfied when you don’t win,” Peters said. “[But] there was clear evidence of the hard work everyone was doing.”

Cornell bounced back, though, battling Boston College in another close match. The saber squad won 5-4, while the foil squad dropped a 5-4 decision. Freshman Alexa Rose and sophomore Meghan Phair each went 3-0 to give the epee squad a 6-3 victory and to lead the team to an overall win, 15-12.

The last team the Red faced was MIT, with the epee squad going 6-3 once more. The saber squad lost, 5-4, and the foil squad was overwhelmed by MIT, 8-1. The final score for the match was 16-11 in MIT’s favor.

Peters felt that the effort and energy his squad expended in its early matches against Brown may have hurt the Red later in the day in its defeats to Brandeis and MIT.

“We put so much into Brown,” said Peters, “It might have been a contributing factor to the team’s losses.”

Phair had the best personal record for the Red this weekend, finishing with a 9-3 record. Senior captain Valerie DeRose led the foil squad with a 6-6 record and freshman Ivana Zgaljic led the Red in saber with a 7-5 showing.

The team returned to Ithaca with a 2-2 record from the match, and a 1-2 record in the Ivy League after its win over Brown.

Despite the weekend’s mixed results, Peters saw the team’s setbacks as a possible motivating tool.

“I hope it created a hunger to win,” Peters said.

The Red will return to action next weekend against Princeton University and James Madison University.

Archived article by Olivia Dwyer