Cornell Picks Up 3 Wins at the Hunter College MACFA

28 Nov 2016
Posted by Calvin Au

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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.”

Although the results leave many of the team members displeased, flawless performances by the Epee and Foil squads against Yeshiva and Hunter College give hope for an amazing season to come. For seven out of the eleven fencers, the Hunter dual meet served as an introduction to the college fencing scene, and they embraced it with open arms. The Epee squad, consisting of three freshmen and one sophomore, left the meet with a record of 29-16. The Foil Squad, consisting of one freshman, one sophomore, and one senior, left with a record of 29-16. The Saber Squad, consisting of two freshmen, one sophomore, and one junior, left with a record of 24-21.

Calvin also commented on the wonderful support of parents and alumni at the event: “It was amazing to see everyone come out to support the first MACFA of the season. I would like to thank all the alumni and parents that came out to support Cornell Fencing. A special shout out to Owen Sconzo’s mom who provided us with a table of snacks and drinks that fueled us throughout the event. Another shoutout to Owen’s coach who helped the foil squad immensely. And of course, I would like to thank Cornell Women’s Fencing coaches Daria Schneider and Nicole Ross for coming to the MACFA to support and coach the team. It was extremely encouraging.”

With wonderful victories against fellow club teams as well as strong performances against the NCAA teams, the dual meet at Hunter College served as a powerful message to the team. The team has apparent strengths and some weaknesses that need to be addressed. With one meet under their belt, the Cornell Men’s Team returns to practice with the knowledge that they are strong, and their future is bright.
The team travels alongside the women’s team on December 4th to compete in the Brandeis Invitational at Brandeis in Waltham, Massachusetts.

Standout performances on the day by:
Ben Goldman 15-0
Owen Sconzo 11-4

Written By Grant Uebele


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