PHILADELPHIA - The seventh-ranked Quakers trek up to Boston this weekend to take part in the Eric Sollee Invitational, held all day Sunday at MIT.
The Red and Blue are 10-1 on the season after finishing last weekend with a 4-1 record at the Penn State Invitational. Penn's lone loss on the day was to two-time defending national champion Penn State. The Nittany Lions won two of three weapons clinch the 16-11 victory.
The Quakers took care of the rest of their competition, beating ninth-ranked Duke, 18-9, Johns Hopkins, 19-8, North Carolina 18-9 and Drew by an impressive 24-3 margin. Sophomore Evan Prochniak led the Penn charge, finishing with a perfect 10-0 record in sabre - including a 3-0 mark versus Penn State - and was named College Fencing 360's National Fencer of the Week.
This weekend the Red and Blue fence a number of talented teams as they face Boston College, Brown, Brandeis, Harvard, MIT and NYU. The second-ranked Crimson represent the toughest challenge for the Quakers on Saturday after beating No. 3 St. Johns, No. 5 Ohio State and No. 8 Columbia at the St. John's Super Cup last weekend. Harvard did lose twice on the day though, falling to top-ranked Notre Dame and No. 4 Penn State by matching 16-11 scores. Last year at the Ivy League Championships, Penn beat the Crimson 15-12 and ended up tied with them for second place behind league champion Princeton.
At the Eric Sollee Invitational last year, the Red and Blue went 4-0 with victories over Boston College, Brandeis, MIT and NYU. The Quakers closest matches were a 15-12 win over NYU and a 17-10 decision against Brandeis. Penn also defeated Brown last year, taking down the Bears 16-11 on the second day of the Ivy Championships.