Feb. 28, 2012
BC women's fencing took team gold for the second year in a row, finishing first out of fourteen teams while the men's team placed fourth at the New England Collegiate Championships at Vassar College on Saturday.
The women's side won 93 of 115 team-round bouts.
At the conclusion of the foil and epee rounds, BC found itself trailing Vassar 61-66, but BC sabre outpaced the Vassar squad 32- 22 to clinch the 3-Weapon Trophy.
Sabre finished first in squad standings, tied with MIT. The foil squad results found BC, Vassar and Dartmouth knotted at 32 wins each to set up a three-way tie for first. In epee, BC tied for second with Sacred Heart.
All three starters on the sabre squad made the individual final, Olivia Curry took silver, Maria Schneeweiss bronze, and Chelsea Rosenbauer placed fifth.
In the epee individual, Cara Hall won gold and Anabel Young placed fourth.
Ryan Western took bronze in individual foil.
"This team has really exceeded our expectations all season," head coach Syd Fadner said. "They set high goals for themselves and worked hard to achieve them."
The men finished out of the running overall, fencing too inconsistently over the course of the day to finish higher than fourth. Sabre had the best showing of the three squads, finishing third, while foil and epee placed fourth.
Individually, the men had better results, with Albert Starshak taking gold in epee against a tough field. Fellow epeeist Nikhil Patel placed sixth.
"Albie [Starshak] fenced with a lot of passion today," Fadner said. "He's generally a very patient, tactical fencer, but today he added some high-energy to the mix. It was a tremendous win against some very skilled opponents."
Peter Souders took second in sabre, and Ryan Prince was fourth in foil.
The Eagles return to action when Boston College hosts the NCAA Northeast Regionals on Sunday March 11 at the William J. Flynn Recreation Complex.