Fencing Faces Difficult Opponents at UPenn

Alexa Fitzgerald

 

The Drew University men’s and women’s fencing teams returned to action on Saturday, January 21 and Sunday, January 22 at the Philadelphia Invitational. After a six week hiatus, the Rangers put up a commendable effort on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania. On Saturday, the men’s team split to also compete at the Army West Point Invitational; they finished a combined 5-8 on the weekend. The women’s squad finished 4-4 at their only tournament.

On Saturday, the women posted a 3-1 record, knocking off Haverford 17-10, Fairleigh Dickinson 15-12 and Sacred Heart 16-11, while falling to North Carolina 20-7. Drew dropped a trio of bouts to top teams in the nation Yale 25-2, Northwestern 26-1 and Penn 24-3. They closed out the tournament with a 23-4 victory over Wagner.

Freshman sabres Emily Huber (‘21) and Kayla Ogden (‘21) notched the best records on the weekend. Ogden secured a 12-8 record while Huber posted a 10-8 record. Caitlin Kotz (‘19) and Lydia Segal (‘20) each recorded 10 wins in foil competition.

At the Army West Point Invitational the Rangers went 5-1. The Drew men knocked off Lafayette 19-8, Army West Point 22-5 and Hunter 25-2, rounding their record out with a pair of victories over Cal Tech 22-5 and 25-2. They fell to Stevens 19-8. Meanwhile, in Philadelphia the team suffered losses to Sacred Heart 22-5, Penn 25-2, Haverford 23-4, NYU 22-5, Yale 20-7, North Carolina 20-7 and a close one to Brown 14-13.  

In two days of action, Josh Ryan (‘20) carded a combined 18-5 in epee. Jeremy Ferreira (‘21) also recorded 13 wins in epee competition. Freshmen Ryan Baldi (‘21) and Nathan Milgram (‘21) led the sabres on the weekend. Baldi posted a 15-6 record, while Milgram tallied a 15-6 record. Nick Kilgore (‘21) led the foils, notching 14 victories across the two tournaments.

The Ranger men’s and women’s fencing teams will travel next to Johns Hopkins for Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Fencing Association competition on Sunday, February 11, where they will face Johns Hopkins, Maryland, William and Mary, Navy and Haverford.

 

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