February 6, 2004

Fencers Host Tigers

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The Red hopes to ride the home advantage to victory this weekend as the fencing squad faces Princeton University and James Madison University in the Stifel Fencing Salle tomorrow.

Last weekend was the beginning of truly tough competition for the Red, which faced the strongest teams in New England at the Brandeis Multi Meet last weekend. This weekend’s matches will be another step up.

“Princeton has a tradition of being the best,” said head coach Al Peters.

Over the last two seasons, Princeton has triumphed over the Red. However, in the same stretch, Cornell has repeatedly beaten James Madison. The Red hopes to start a similar winning streak against Princeton this year.

“We don’t get to see their fencers in the season,” Peters said of Princeton’s squad. “But their fencers back from last year are strong.”

Peters, though, believes that his fencers’ experience at Brandeis has prepared them for the tough opposition coming to Ithaca this weekend.

“We got back to basics this week,” Peters said. “Their confidence is back.”

The Red is halfway through its league schedule and has a 1-2 record so far. A win against a strong foe like Princeton would give the team momentum heading into the final stretch of the season.

“On paper, [Princeton is] stronger,” Peters said.

Archived article by Olivia Dwyer