Big Red Fencers Continue Success at MACFA 3

13 Feb 2012
Posted by Matthew Laks

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The Cornell Men’s Fencing Club traveled to Drew University in Madison, New Jersey this weekend for the MACFA A vs. B event. The team finished 4-2 on the day, beating Drew 14-13. The 4-2 finish on the day closes out an extremely successful regular season for the Red, in which the team amassed 12 victories.

 The Cornell Men’s Fencing Club hopes to continue their successful season March 7th at MACFA Champs, which will be held at Drew University.

 The Big Red started off their day slowly against Army, a team that proved resilient and strong. The Sabre squad went 6-3 with Freshman Matthew Laks winning all his bouts. The foil squad went 5-4 and the Epee squad went 1-8 against a solid Army epee squad. The Big Red recovered quickly however, beating Hunter College 23-4 behind a 9-0 Sabre performance, and strong outings from Epee (7-2) and Foil (7-2).

 The winning ways the Big Red has been used to this season continued with a 21-6 victory over Yeshiva University. Sabrist Zach Silversmith, epeeist Dave Smith and foilists Danny Kim and Nick Heiner won all their bouts. The Big Red closed out the first half of the day 2-1, poised to face Drew University and Stevens Institute of Technology, two of the strongest teams in the league.

 The Big Red started the second half of their day against a formidable foe in NJIT, winning 17-10 behind a strong performance from the Foil Squad (7-2). The Big Red improved to 3-1 on the day.

 Following the NJIT bout, Cornell took on Stevens Institute of Technology. In a hard-fought bout, Stevens defeated Cornell 15-12. Junior Sabrist Zach Silversmith went 3-0 against a very strong Stevens Sabre squad.

 For the last match of the day, Cornell pulled out a 14-13 victory vs. Drew, winning on the final bout of the day. Senior epeeist Dave Smith defeated his opponent 5-4 in what was surely the most nerve-racking and exciting bout of the day.

 The Cornell Men’s Fencing Team performed extremely well this weekend, but is persistent on continuing to improve in preparation for MACFA championships.


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