January 31, 2010

Men’s Fencing Falls Short at Eric Sollee Invitational

WALTHAM, Mass. - The MIT men's fencing team had a rough day, taking losses to Air Force, Haverford, NYU and No. 6 Penn as the team went 1-4 at Saturday's Eric Sollee Invitational, hosted by Brandeis University. Despite an 18-9 win against Hunter College, the team's record slides to 7-12 heading into the final month of team competition.

Senior Rajiv Nadadur (7-8), junior Max Brand (7-8) and sophomore Vinayak Ramesh (5-10) had Tech's best day, logging a 9-0 sabre win over Hunter College and a 19-26 record over the five matches.

At foil, sophomores Ben Nield (8-7) and Daniel Levine (7-8) and junior Richard LaGrandier (3-12) were consistent, but the Cardinal and Gray managed to pick up only 18 of 45 possible points in the weapon.

In epee, Jackson Crane (9-6), Carter Chang (4-11) and Javier Ordonez (2-13) struggled against Air Force, dropping a 1-8 decision to the Falcons. The trio combined for only 15 wins in their day's bouts.

The Engineers have a few weeks off before they hit the strips again on February 20 at the New England Collegiate Championships hosted by Mount Holyoke College.