This February, our men’s squads drove to the New Jersery Institute of Technology for MACFA BvC, the second tournament of the spring semester!
Men’s epee went into MACFA BvC sporting the same roster as last week and had another impressive showing. Pulak Raj ’20, Ben Coleman ’19, and Greg Quigg ’21 picked up many big wins, fighting for a high seed at MACFA Champs, including a very closely contested 5-4 victory over Army. Ben didn’t make any of his bouts easy for his opponents, punishing fencers that walk too close into his distance. Pulak and Greg both scored key victories against varsity schools and learned a lot about their opponents through their bouts. Men’s epee looks forward to using what they’ve learned at MACFA Champs and will be practicing in preparation for their strongest competition yet.
Men’s foil fought formidable competition during the MACFA BvC tournament. Representing the squad were Matthew Dreher ’19, Ben Witman ’20, and Stuart Thomas ’21. The trio faced varsity and club fencers from five different schools, scoring a win against one. It was in this round against Yeshiva University that all three foilists won their first bouts against varisty fencers, with Ben coming back from a 0-4 deficit and Stuart winning 5-0. Men’s foil also won two bouts against both Army and Hunter College. The squad looks forward to competing in their next tournament, the MACFA Championsip.
Daniel Bachman ’20, Robert Catlett ’18, Steven Pressendo ’20 finished the MACFA regular season with their strongest results to date. Daniel improved throughout the day, culminating in a dominant performance against Army. His aggressive bladework overwhelmed his opponents, and his surprise flunge helped Daniel complete his clean sweep over West Point. Robert showcased his adaptability by winning bouts in a variety of styles. His speedy box footwork carried him to comfortable wins over varsity programs like Hunter College and Yeshiva. Against strong competition from Steven’s IT, Robert’s signature patient offense helped him post one of his best records of the season. Steven had an incredibly successful day, posting winning records against all schools except the regular season champions- NJIT. Even though he couldn’t replicate his undefeated record against NJIT, he did still score a win over the reigning individual saber champion. The saber squad hopes to build on this weekend’s success as they get ready for the upcoming MACFA Championship!
Thanks again to our alumni, current fencers, and families who came to cheer us on!
Individual Varsity Victories:
- MS: Steven Pressendo, Robert Catlett, Daniel Bachman
- MF: Ben Witman (first), Stuart Thomas (first), Matt Dreher (first)
- ME: Pulak Raj, Greg Quigg