Closing out 2016 with its final tournament of the year, the Cornell Men’s Fencing Club Team traveled to Waltham, Massachusetts this past weekend alongside the Cornell Women’s Fencing Varsity Team to compete in the Brandeis Invitational. The Cornell Fencing Team, as one unit, competed against the host school, Brandeis University (Division III) as well as Division I competitors Boston College, UNC, MIT, and St. John’s, with the Men’s Team closing the day with a 2-3 record, clutching victories against Boston College (14-13) and Brandeis (16-11), with close-fought battles against UNC (10-17) MIT (9-18) and St. John’s (8-19). The Women’s Varsity Team performed fiercely, closing the day with a 4-1 record, falling short only to UNC (15-12) Bringing such a stellar performance as a club team among Division I schools, the Club Team showed both its dedication to The Cornell Team as whole and its perseverance to make its presence known among top competitors.
Junior saber fencer Ben Goldman talks about phenomenal performances by his teammates under stressful odds as well as how the tournament served to draw the Men’s and Women’s Teams together: “ I was extremely proud of how we fenced against top competition. There were legendary performances that will live on in Cornell University Men’s Fencing Team history. Along with the Cornell University Women’s Fencing Team, we had some memorable times that made our team stronger and more battle tested for the future.”
The men’s team opened their MACFA season this past Sunday as they traveled to New York City to compete in a dual meet at Hunter College. Competing against other club teams as well as two NCAA teams, New Jersey Institute of Technology and Stevens Institute of Technology, the team made their presence known as a serious competitor. Defeating Army 18-9, Hunter College 24-3, and Yeshiva 24-3, the men’s team showed strength in all three weapons. Against NJIT and SIT, the team displayed great determination and perseverance falling short of the win against NJIT 8-19 and SIT 7-20.
Calvin Au, team captain and senior foilist, commented on the performance of his team at the first meet of the MACFA season: “I’m extremely proud of the team’s performance at the Hunter College MACFA… Everyone on the team stayed engaged and supported their teammates in every bout. I believe our losses against NJIT and Stevens taught us a much-needed lesson on keeping a positive, focused mentality in order to fence to the best of our abilities. We’ll definitely carry this lesson into our future events.”
On Sunday October 30, 2016, the Cornell Men’s Fencing Club traveled down to Temple University in Philadelphia to compete in the Temple Open. It was the first competition for the 2016-2017 fencing season. We entered 15 fencers into the competition, 10 of which were Freshmen fencing their first ever tournament representing Cornell.
The men’s team finished with a strong 3-1 record in Baltimore last weekend, beating college of William and Marry, United States Naval Academy, and the University of Maryland. Sophomore foilist Michael Mauer led the team in wins, going undefeated for the competition, and freshman epeeist Nate Taylor decisively beat the William & Mary A strip, who was top 4 at club champs last year.
Coming off a 2nd place finish at last season’s 2014 USACFC Club Championships, the Men’s team started their season with the Temple Open in Philadelphia. The tournament is an individual tournament that traditionally marks the start of the collegiate fencing season. This season the men’s team features three seniors, Captain Sabreist Matthew Laks, Sabreist Steven Pochapin and Epeeist Mike Peraza. The team’s composition is very young, with 4 new freshmen starters along with three returning sophomores, suggesting long term success for the team moving forward.
Congratulations to all members of the class of 2018! There are two great opportunities to meet with us before the start of our season. The first is the Club Sports Fair which will be held on August 30th in the Helen Newman Gymnasium from 12pm-2pm. The next event is Club Fest, which will be held on September 7th in Barton Hall from 1pm-4pm. We welcome and encourage all prospective fencers to stop by these events.
The Cornell Men’s Fencing Team capped off the end of their season with an incredible 2nd place victory at USACFC’s in Knoxville, Tennessee. The foil squad, comprised of three freshmen fencers—Calvin Au, Julian May-Mann, and Jake Silverman, captured the gold squad medal at the event, the first time the foil squad has won since 2009. The Sabre squad finished 2nd after falling to the United States Military Academy in the final bout. Matthew Laks ‘15 finished 2nd in the individual sabre event and Calvin Au ‘14 finished 5th in the individual foil event.