Crimson Fencers Zorro Dartmouth Swordsmen; Sabers, Foils Carve Shutouts in 22-5 Victory
The varsity fencing team had an easy time in Hanover, New Hampshire on Saturday, slashing to a 22-5 victory over Dartmouth. The Crimson is now 1-0 in Ivy League competition.
Harvard's three-man units of foil and saber each romped over its adversaries 9-0. The epee squad, plagued by four 5-4 defeats, lost its event to the Woodsmen four bouts to nine.
At number one foil for the Crimson, senior co-captain John Major fenced to three smooth triumphs by scores of 5-0, 5-1, and 5-3. Junior Eric Mandelbaum and sophomore Eugene Vastola each cut down two Dartmouth opponents.
Crimson Pierce Foes
Harvard Coach Ben Zivkovic then called on his fourth and fifth foilmen to fence the remaining two duels. Senior Russell Ellis and junior David McClees both pierced their foes, completing the shutout of the Green foils.
"The fact that Ellis and McClees came off the bench and won their matches reveals the great depth we have in the ofil," Mandelbaum said yesterday.
In the saber, Chris Jennings continued to exhibit his outstanding ability as the senior whittled down all three of his opponents. Junior John Chipman, at number two saber, also fenced to a 3-0 record for the afternoon.
Junior Russell Graham fought the first duel at number three saber and won without difficulty. Then, the heretofore injured Michael Bierer wielded his saber against his first foes of this season. The sophomore, who showed promise and skill last season on the varsity, fenced smoothly and with determination to defeat two Woodsmen and finish the sabers' sweep.
Co-captain Matt Simmons won two bouts at epee and lost to Dartmouth's Bruce Sommers, 5-4. At number two epee, senior Eric Read handed Sommers his only defeat of the afternoon and then split his next two duels.
Junior Bob Tillman dropped two bouts at third epee and freshman Robert Kaplan fought the third bout and lost.
Zivkovic was pleased with the outcome. "We're fencing better than last year," he said yesterday. Zivkovic also noted the return of Bierer to the lineup as a plus for the team. The Crimson faces Princeton (who sliced Dartmouth 18-9) on February 5 in New Jersey. "We should have a good meet with Princeton," Zivkovic said.