Cambridge, Mass. – The MIT men's fencing team opened its team competition season by winning three of its five contests as it hosted the first Northeast Fencing Conference (NFC) meet of 2010. MIT scored wins over UNH (22-5), Boston University (20-7), and UMass (20-7), while it fell at the hands of Sacred Heart University (17-10) and Brandeis (18-9).
It was foil that turned in the most consistent performance for the Engineers, winning 29 of the 45 bouts. Foil turned in an 8-1 victory over UMass and a 9-0 sweep over UNH. Daniel Levine and Ben Nield each turned in excellent performances. Nield was 10-5 and Levine was 11-4, while each turned in two perfect 3-0 performances in individual meets.
Sabre won 27 of 45 matches, their best an 8-1 vitory over UNH and a 7-2 defeat of Boston University. Vinayak Ramesh was the best performer for sabre, winning 11 matches, while Maximillian Brand pitched in 7 points. Isaac Businger grabbed 9 points for the Engineers.
Epee had their best performance in a 7-2 victory over UMass. Jackson Crane won 9 of the 14 bouts that he competed in, while Joseph Rafidi was 10-2 over the weekend. The epee team finished with a 25-20 record over the course of the meet.
The Engineers will next travel to Brandeis where they will face-off with Brown, North Carolina, Yale, and St. John's at an NCAA meet on December 5th. The next Northeast Fencing Conference meet is January 22nd at Brown.