Epee may be a four-letter word for "fencing sword" in the Sunday crossword, but it is more than that for the Harvard men's and women's fencing teams.
One of three weapons the teams fight with in each match, it was also the strongest as the women (7-4, 1-2 Ivy) went 1-2 on the weekend while the men (2-5, 0-3) dropped their only match to Penn, 24-3, at Temple on Saturday.
The women's team beat Johns Hopkins, 15-12, but fell to Penn by the same score and was narrowly edged out by host Temple, 14-13, at the Temple tri-meet on Saturday. Temple and Penn were Top Ten teams.
Against Penn, the Crimson women won the epee 6-3, falling 5-4 in the foil and 7-2 in the sabre.
The Harvard men were dominated by a strong Penn team (9-1, 2-0). The Quakers took the sabre, 9-0, and the foil, 8-1. The Crimson did the best in the epee, but not by much, falling 7-2.
The teams will be in action on Feb. 26 in a tri-meet with Princeton and Yale in New Haven.
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