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The Cornell Fencing team heads to Waltham, Massachusetts this weekend to compete in the Brandeis Invitational. The meet will include matches with Brandeis, Boston College, MIT, UNC, and No. 5 St. John’s University. The team has not fenced a meet since the Vassar Invitational two weeks ago, where the Red was enormously successful and picked up seven of eight possible wins.
The Cornell fencing team had a successful Sunday in Poughkeepsie. The group fenced at the Vassar Invitational, winning seven of the eight matches it competed in. The Red defeated Fairleigh Dickinson, Haverford, CCNY, Sacred Heart, Vassar, Wellesley and Stevens, losing only to Northwestern. “I don’t think we even had a bout where a fencer didn’t win a single bout within one school,” said head coach Daria Schneider, “It was a really strong day for everybody even with [several] harder schools.”
In addition to the overall team performance, squad performances were almost uniformly dominant, with the foil squad going 54-18 and both the epee and saber squads going 53-19. The foil squad was undefeated in its squad matches for the day, being the only group to pull off a squad win against Northwestern.
The Cornell fencing team began its season this past weekend at the Penn Invitational in Philadelphia, PA, where it went up against Penn, Temple, Ohio State, Notre Dame, and Columbia. The meet featured some of the country’s best fencing programs. The Columbia Lions won the NCAA Fencing Championship last season, Notre Dame finished second and Ohio State finished fifth. Although the Red lost every match and almost every squad match, the Epee squad managed to achieve wins against Penn and Notre Dame. “This weekend we fenced some of the best schools in the country,” said first-year head coach Daria Schneider. “The pressure was mainly on our opponents in the sense that they really were expected to win.”
Given how challenging the opposition was, Schneider says she is proud of the team’s results.
For a coach that places a tremendous amount of emphasis on the power of positive psychology, such a diagnosis could not be much worse. But, in taking on his new role, Smith said he gave every player a “blank slate.”
At the kickoff of the second half of its Tuesday night game, the Cornell men’s soccer team (1-9-2) (0-0-2 Ivy) was down 1-0 to the Colgate Raiders (8-4-0) and had not even taken a single shot. The outlook seemed grim. Before Tuesday night, the Raiders had failed to lose a match when they scored first this season. The Red was coming off two consecutive Ivy League losses and seemed to be losing momentum. But during the second half, something suddenly clicked.
The Cornell men’s soccer team (0-8-2, 0-1-0 Ivy) travels to Cambridge this Saturday for its second Ivy League game this season. The team is scheduled to face the Crimson, who heads into the match fresh off a tie with Yale and currently leads the Red in conference competition by a single point.
For Syracuse, the game constituted their eighth consecutive victory, a record that is currently unmatched in the NCAA this year. The Orange dominated play, with 29 total chances on goal compared to Cornell’s four.