BC Fencers Bring Home Two Silvers and a Bronze at Fall Invitational
Nov. 8, 2010
Boston College fencers brought home two silvers and a bronze from the 2010 New England Invitational at Smith College in Northampton, Mass. on Saturday. Junior Peter Souders took 2nd in Men's Sabre, Freshman Patrick Riley placed 2nd in Men's Foil and Sophomore Olivia Curry was third in Women's Sabre. Sophomore Albert Starshak also medaled, taking eighth in Men's Epee.
The Fall Invitational is the traditional start to the New England collegiate fencing season, with over 400 fencers competing in six individual events.
Curry's third place performance was a marked improvement over her freshman effort, when she placed 21st in this event. "It's not just that she finished higher," Head Coach Syd Fadner said. "She fenced with such great poise and focus today -- a great start to what I expect to be an outstanding season for her."
Riley sailed through the seeding round undefeated and then fought his way through the direct eliminations to face Sacred Heart's Ethan Patterson in the gold medal match. "Patrick's a pretty quiet guy in practice, but his intensity ratchets up a level in competition. We had two foilists graduate last year, so Patrick is a very welcome addition to that squad," Fadner said.
Souders has two gold medals in this event from his freshman and sophomore outings, but this year, after a brilliant win over the number 8th ranked sabre fencer in the country, Vassar's Andrew Fischl, in the semi-finals, he lost the gold medal match to Brandeis' Adam Austin.