Feb. 6, 2012
WALTHAM, MA - The Johns Hopkins men's fencing team went 1-4 at the Eric Sollee Invitational at Brandeis on Saturday. The Blue Jays' beat the MIT Engineers, but fell to seventh-ranked Penn, Brown, Boston College and host Brandeis. Hopkins' losses to Brown, BC and Brandeis were by a combined seven points.
Hopkins opened with a tough 15-12 loss to Boston College, with a 5-4 win in the Foil. Freshman Paul Vitale won a pair of bouts in the Sabre, but the Eagles won the weapon by a close 5-4 score. Freshman Robert Goldhirsch then won all three of his bouts, while junior Ben Wasser won the clinching bout, as JHU won the Foil. Freshman Alex Szigeti went 2-1 in the Epee, but BC earned a 6-3 win.
The Brown Bears then slipped past the Blue Jays by a 15-12 score. Brown won the Sabre, 6-3, with Vitale, junior Nicolas Barbera and freshman Aravind Menon each winning a bout. Goldhirsch won a pair of bouts, while freshman Zachary Goodman and sophomore Evan Stafford won a bout each, but Brown edged JHU, 5-4, in the Foil. In the Epee, Szigeti swept all three of his bouts, including the clinching win in the final bout, as Hopkins won the Epee, 5-4.
Hopkins just beat MIT, 14-13, despite winning just one of the three weapons. Hopkins got off to a strong start, winning the Sabre by a 7-2 score. Barbera led the way by sweeping all three of his bouts, while Vitale won a pair of bouts. The Engineers then won the Foil by a 6-3 score, with Goldhirsch winning two of his three bouts. MIT followed with a 5-4 win in the Epee, but freshman Jonathan Frame's win in the eighth bout insured Hopkins of the overall win.
Host Brandeis turned the tables on Hopkins, winning the overall match by a 14-13 score despite winning just one weapon. Vitale earned the Blue Jays' two wins in the Sabre in a 7-2 loss to the Judges. Goodman and Wasser each won two bouts and the Blue Jays won the Foil, 5-4. Hopkins won the Epee, 6-3, behind three wins from freshman Brian Reddick and two from Szigeti.
Hopkins then faced seventh-ranked Penn and dropped a 20-7 decision. Menon won two bouts in a 7-2 loss in the Sabre. Goodman earned the Blue Jays' lone win in the Foil and in the Epee, Frame won a pair of bouts in a 7-2 loss.
Szigeti led the Blue Jays with nine wins in the Epee and is now 40-20 on the season. Goldhirsch had seven wins in the Foil to improve to 21-9 this season. Vitale also had seven wins in the Sabre to move to 37-21 overall. Hopkins returns to action on February 11 at the Duke Invitational.