Men's Fencing Drops Four at Brandeis

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - It was a rough weekend for the MIT men's fencing team, as the squad dropped all four of its matches at the Brandeis Invitational on Saturday. The Engineers were bested by fencers from St. John's University, Yale University, the University of North Carolina and Brown University, dropping their overall record to 4-5 on the year.

Jackson Crane had the best individual day among MIT's participants. The freshman led the epee squad, finishing 8-4 across all matches. Carter Chang and Javier Ordonez rounded out the epee group that posted the best record of the Engineers' three weapons (15-21).

At foil, Daniel Levine led the team, recording five wins in his twelve matches. Levine slipped to 25-11 across all events and maintained the best winning percentage of any of MIT's men (.694). Levine, Richard LaGrandier and Ben Nield contributed to foil's 12-24 performance on the day.

The Engineers' saber trio struggled against St. John's and UNC, as the Red Storm swept all nine matches and the Tar Heels scored 8 of 9. Max Brand, Rajiv Nadadur and Vinnie Ramesh combined for only seven points in the four matches.

MIT returns to action on January 23, when it resumes Northeast Fencing Conference action in a meet hosted by Boston College.