Johns Hopkins Goes 5-0 at Blue Jay Invitational
By Jill Guise
Assistant Director of Athletic Communications
Scores: Johns Hopkins-23, Rutgers-4
Johns Hopkins-21, Cornell-6
Johns Hopkins-21, Lafayette-6
Johns Hopkins-19, Drew-8
Johns Hopkins-26, TCNJ-1
Records: JHU (11-7)
Location: Baltimore, MD Goldfarb Gym
The Short Story: The Johns Hopkins men's fencing team won all five of its matches in its only home event of the season.
How it Happened
Hopkins opened the day with a 23-4 win over Rutgers, with all three weapons grabbing a win. Junior Brian Huang led the Sabre squad (7-2) as he went 3-0 against the Scarlet Knights. Senior Milan Patel and freshman Neel Maddineni each went 2-0 to lead the Epee squad to an 8-1 win. And in the Foil (8-1), it was senior Jared LeBron and freshman Eashan Gupta going 2-0 each.
The Blue Jays followed with a 21-6 win over the Big Red of Cornell, with all three weapons once again winning. Huang and senior Sandy Vingoe went a combined 6-0 to lead the Sabre squad (8-1). Senior Matthias Philippine won two of his three bouts to lead the way for the Epee squad (6-3). Junior Solomon Polanski won all three of his bouts to lead the Foil squad to a 7-2 win.
Hopkins then defeated Lafayette, 21-6, with all three weapons earning a win. Vingoe went unbeaten in the round to guide the Sabre squad to a 6-3 win. In the Epee, Maddineni, Patel and senior Lyle Poisson each went 2-0 in the team's 9-0 win. Gupta went 3-0 to lead the Foil squad to a 6-3 win.
Drew gave Hopkins the closest battle of the day but Hopkins would take the 19-8 win on the strength of 8-1 wins by the Sabre and Foil squads. Huang and freshman Vance Wood combined to go 6-0 to pace the Sabre squad. Maddineni won two of his three bouts in a tough 6-3 loss for the Epee squad. Gupta and sophomore Jake Joram also went a combined 6-0 for the Foil squad.
Hopkins wrapped up the day with a 26-1 win over TCNJ, with another sweep by the three Blue Jay weapons. Huang and Vingoe each went 3-0 to lead the Sabre squad. Patel, Maddineni and Poisson combined to go 9-0 for the Epee squad. And the Foil squad was led by Gupta (3-0) and Joram (3-0).
Hopkins returns to action on Sunday, February 18 as the Blue Jays travel to Newark, NJ for the NJIT Invitational.