The Harvard fencing team rebounded from a frustrating loss at the hands of Cornell last Friday to methodically destroy a weak Dartmouth team, 23-4, last night in the IAB.
"We didn't fence very well," Captain Eugene White said after the match. "But Dartmouth wasn't any good," he added.
Harvard may not have fenced very well by White's standards, but they took complete advantage of their opponents throughout the match.
Dartmouth displayed the inexperience of a team which competes unranked in the Ivy League. The Hanover team doesn't have a full time coach and their fencing program isn't on a par with Ivy League competition.
Junior Gordon Rutledge started off the match in sabre with an impressive 5-0 shutout over his Dartmouth opponent.
Lorne Joseph followed by losing, 5-4, in a closely contested bout with Dartmouth's Mark Manson. Except for Joseph's loss the Crimson fencers swept the opening round and entered the second with a commanding 8-1 advantage.
The second round was nearly a repeat of the first, except Coach Edo Marion decided to insert seven of his J.V. players into the lineup.
In foil John Major fell behind early in his bout to Dartmouth's Phil Hertz, but then won four straight points to win, 5-3. The bouts in the second round were much closer, many of them went to "la bel"--a 4-4 tie--but the J.V.'s prevailed.
Senior Bill Keenan scored an exciting 5-4 win over his Dartmouth foe in the last epee bout and the Crimson team finished the second round leading, 14-4.
In the final round Marion put his varsity epee squad back into the lineup to tune up for their Friday match against leagueleading Columbia. The mixture of varsity and J.V. players iced the rout as they won every bout in the round to win the match, 23-4.
"This was kindergarten," Marion said afterwards. "We can't be proud of this win."