Johns Hopkins Wins Three at Philadelphia Invitational
Johns Hopkins-15, Haverford-12
Duke-20, Johns Hopkins-7
North Carolina-16, Johns Hopkins-11
Johns Hopkins-25, Lafayette-2
Johns Hopkins-24, Drew-3
• Record: Johns Hopkins (9-8)
• Location: Philadelphia, PA • Coach Dave Micahnik Fencing Center
• The Short Story: The Johns Hopkins men's fencing team won three of its five matches on Saturday at the Philadelphia Invitational. Hopkins earned wins over Haverford, Lafayette and Drew while suffering losses to 10th-ranked Duke and North Carolina.
How it Happened
• Hopkins opened the day with a close 15-12 win over Haverford as the Blue Jays won both the Foil (6-3) and the Epee (6-3). Sophomore Solomon Polansky led the Foil squad by winning all three of his bouts while classmate William Snyder did the same in the Epee. Senior Patrick Rose won two of his three bouts in the Sabre squad's 6-3 loss.
• The Blue Jays then fell to the 10th-ranked Blue Devils, 20-7, with the Epee squad picking up its second straight 6-3 win. Polansky earned the Jays' lone win in the Foil. In the Epee, juniors Matthias Philippine and Denis Routkevitch and Snyder each won two bouts.
• Hopkins dropped a 16-11 decision to North Carolina, which is receiving votes in the national poll. The Foil squad edged the Tar Heels, 5-4, thanks to a combined four wins from Polanksy and freshman Jake Joram. Snyder won a pair of bouts in a 6-3 loss for the Epee team. Rose, senior Daniel Dembner and junior Sandy Vingoe each picked up one win in a 6-3 loss by the Sabre squad.
• Hopkins got back in the win column with an easy win over Lafayette. Polansky, junior Michael Pozin and freshman Adam Katwan combined to lead the Foil squad to a 9-0 win. Synder and freshman Lohit Sodagum each went 3-0 as the Epee squad also went 9-0. And for the Sabre squad, Vingoe and junior David Austin won three bouts each as the team won 7-2.
• The Blue Jays ended the day with a win over the Rangers. The Foil squad once again did not drop a bout, thanks to Polansky, Joram and Pozin. The Epee squad earned a 7-2 as Routkevitch, Snyder and Sodagum each won two bouts. Dembner and Austin went a combined 6-0 to lead the Sabre team to an 8-1 win.
What it Means
• Philippine earned his 100th career win with his second win against Haverford.
• Head coach Austin Young now has 248 wins, leaving him just two shy of earning his 250th career win.
• Hopkins improved to 64-15 all-time against Haverford with its ninth straight win in the series and second this year.
• Hopkins fell to 13-29 against Duke and 9-42 against North Carolina.
• JHU earned its 50th all-time win against Lafayette and leads the series 50-5. The Blue Jays have also won 16 straight in the series.
• The Blue Jays won their eighth straight against the Rangers and are now 44-7 all-time against Drew.
• Hopkins returns to action on February 11 as the Blue Jays travel to Durham, NC for the Duke Invitational.