New Haven, Conn. - For the first three weekends of the men's fencing season, every possible thing seemed to break Penn's way, allowing them to begin the season 16-0 and enter today as the nation's lone undefeated team. Unfortunately for the #7 Quakers, the early-season magic seemed to not have found its way to Yale's Coxe Cage on Saturday, as a pair of narrow losses has helped put them at 1-3 and in sixth place after Day One of the Ivy League Round Robins.
Princeton is 2-0 after one day of competition with Harvard behind them at 2-1, but the Tigers own a 14-13 victory over the Crimson.
Penn's perfect record came to an end in the opening bout of the day versus Harvard. Foil staked the Quakers to a 6-3 lead as Jason Chang, Vidur Kapur and Zane Grodman all earned two points apiece, but Harvard was able to steal the final three points in saber and two points in epee to sneak past Penn, 14-13.
Things got worse when Princeton smothered Penn, 19-8. Foil and epee combined to give the Tigers 15 points in the win and send the Quakers reeling to 0-2 on the day.
The Red and Blue finally dented the win column, getting past Columbia 15-12 to begin the afternoon session. Foil and saber each notched wins in the bout.
Just as it seemed that Penn had turned a corner, Brown closed out the day with a stinging 14-13 win to sendthe Quakersoff at 1-3. Despite saber and epee each earning 5-4 wins, foil fell just short of providing the necessary assistance as they lost 6-3.
Fencing begins again tomorrow at 10 a.m., but the Quakers have a bye in the first round. Their last bout is scheduled to take place at 11:30 a.m. against the home team, the Yale Bulldogs.