M. Fencing Beats Tufts; Both Drop to Lions

Hosting both Columbia and Tufts on Saturday, the Harvard fencing teams both fell to Ivy foe Columbia, while the men polished off Tufts.

The Harvard men (1-3) easily defeated Tufts 22-5, but dropped to Columbia 20-7.

The Crimson women (2-1) lost to Columbia, 18-9. They face Tufts in February.


Despite the split this weekend, the men gave a solid showing in the foil. They beat Tufts 8-1 in this event, and managed to capture two bouts against a fierce Lion squad.

Columbia boasts a strong foil team, with three nationally ranked fencers.

Among the Crimson, sophomore Mark E. Lee shined, capturing the two foil matches for Harvard. He defeated two nationally ranked Lions--junior Jed Dupree and junior captain Raphael Bruckner.

Dupree is among the five best in the country and a likely selection to the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney.

"I went into the matches thinking that they were beatable," Lee said. "I think that they might have underestimated me."

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