On February 19th, the Cornell Men’s Fencing Team traveled to Drew for their 3rd competition of the year. The team competed against Lafayette (Div I) and Drew (Div III), Rutgers, The College of New Jersey, and Marist College. Overall, the team closed out the day 3-2, beating Lafayette (14-13), TNCJ (18-9), and Marist 25-2, but losing hard-fought matches against Drew (12-15), and Rutgers (12-15).
On Febuary 12th, Cornell Men’s Club Fencing Team competed in their second MACFA tournament of the season at Drew University. Despite losing some starters to early graduation and study abroad, the men held their own securing a confident win against William & Mary (18-9), as well as dignified losses against Navy (12-15), Johns Hopkins (8-19), University of Maryland (12-15), and Haverford (4-23).
Kicking off 2017 with its first tournament of the year, the Cornell Men’s Fencing Team competed alongside the Women’s Varsity Fencing Team at the Cornell Invitational on January 28th. The men took on Lafayette (Division I) and Carnegie Mellon, going 16-11 against both schools. The win against Lafayette marks the Men’s third win against a varsity program this season. Foil led the charge, posting an overall record of 16-2 for the day, with Junior Michael Mauer and Sophomore Owen Sconzo both going undefeated.
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.