CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Penn’s men’s and women’s fencing teams headed north to Boston on Sunday for five duals apiece. At the end of the day, both squads left Beantown with 5-0 marks on the day.
After sitting out the first round of competition, Penn took to the strips in Round 2 against host MIT. Both the men and women were victorious over the Engineers. The men engaged in a close contest, emerging with a 16-11 win. MIT edged the Quakers in epee, 5-4, but Penn won both foil and sabre by matching 6-3 scores.
The women used a 9-0 win in epee over MIT en route to a 22-5 win. Foil saw Penn win 7-2 and sabre ended up 6-3 in Penn’s favor.
In Round 3, Penn fenced against NYU. Again, both the men and women were victorious. The men defeated NYU, 18-9 while the women took home a 21-6 win.
In the men’s match, Penn won eight foil matches and six sabre matches to go with four epee wins. The women had the advantage in all three weapons with matching 7-2 scores.
In Round 4, the men shutout Yeshiva, 27-0 with 9-0 marks in all three weapons. The women fenced Tufts, and won 20-7. Epee was closely contested, with Penn winning one more bout than Tufts, 5-4. In foil, the Quakers won seven bouts for the 7-2 advantage and sabre saw Penn win eight of the nine bouts.
Round 5 featured Penn and Boston College. Again, both the men and women were victorious. The men won all three weapons, outscoring the Eagles by a total of 20-7. The women swept all three weapons as well for a 22-5 win.
The final round of action featured Penn and Brandeis on the strips. Brandeis won epee over Penn in men’s action, 6-3, but Penn outscored Brandeis in the remaining two weapons, 17-1 – including a 9-0 win in sabre for the 20-7 final score. The women also defeated Brandeis, 20-7. Epee and foil saw Penn outscore Brandeis, 6-3, in each weapon and sabre was 8-1 in favor of Penn.
A full recap will follow shortly.