Fencers open dual meet season with Beanpot at BC

Mark Shamis '25 (Photo by Sportspix.com)
Mark Shamis '25 (Photo by Sportspix.com)

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – The Brandeis University fencing teams competed in their first dual meets of the 2022-23 season in the Beanpot Tournament at Boston College last night. The Judges dropped all three matchups against local rivals Boston College, MIT and Harvard.


  • Brandeis men, 0-3.
  • Brandeis women, 0-3.


  • vs MIT – L, 13-14
  • vs. BC – L, 10-17
  • vs. Harvard – L, 9-18


  • vs. MIT – L, 12-15
  • vs. BC – L, 11-16
  • vs. Harvard, L, 2-25


  • Men's sabre and men's epee each went 2-1 on the evening. Men's sabre earned 6-3 wins over MIT and Harvard, while men's epee took 6-3 victories over MIT and BC.
  • The women had two squad wins – 5-4 for the sabre squad over Boston College, and 5-4 for epee against MIT.


  • First-year men's sabre fencer Lev BenAvram (Bethesda, Md. / Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School) had the best night of any Brandeis fencer, going 8-1. He was 3-0 against MIT and BC and 2-1 against Harvard.
  • Sophomore sabre fencers Tony Escueta (Grand Prairie, Texas / Abeka Home School Academy) and Anthony Rabinkov (Centennial, Colo. / Cherry Creek) were also 2-1 against Harvard, the  Judges' only winning records against the Crimson.
  • Sophomore epee fencer Mark Shamis (San Jose, Calif. / Leigh) also posted a winning record, going 6-3 with a 3-0 mark against MIT and 2-1 against BC.
  • Senior sabre All-American Maggie Shealy (Chapel Hill, N.C./East Chapel Hill) led the women with a 5-4 record, going 2-1 against MIT and 3-0 against BC.
  • Senior Sammy Shortall (Norwell, Mass. / Norwell) picked up four wins for the foil squad, going 2-1 against BC and earning one of the Judges' two points against Harvard.
  • Senior Monica Aponte (San Juan, P.R. / St. John's School) of the epee squad had the other win against Harvard.


  • The Judges host the first of two Northeast Fencing Conference meets this Saturday starting at 10 a.m.