Fencers earn seven wins at Eric Sollee Invitational

Maggie Shealy '23 (Photo by Sportspix.com)
Maggie Shealy '23 (Photo by Sportspix.com)

WALTHAM, Mass. – At the 2020 Eric Sollee Invitational today, the Brandeis University fencing teams posted a combined 7-5 record. The women were 4-2, while the men were even at 3-3.


def. Hunter, 27-0 (S9-F9-E9)
l. #8 Penn, 4-23 (S3-F0-E1)
l. NYU 12-15 (S7-F3-E-2)
Brandeis def. Stevens, 16-11 (S9-F4-E3)
Brandeis def. NJIT, 14-13 (S5-F6-E3)
Brandeis def. Haverford, 17-10 (S7-F6-E4)

def. Hunter, 22-5 (S9-F8-E5)
l. #9 Penn , 9-18 (S4-F4-E1)
l. NYU, 11-16 (S3-F6-E2)
l. Stevens, 12-15 (S5-F4-E3)
def. NJIT, 16-11 (S5-F4-E7)
def. Haverford, 15-12 (S4-F4-E7)

Women's sabre: 5-1
Women's foil, Men's epee: 3-3
Men's foil, men's sabre: 2-4
Women's epee: 1-5

* The Judges started the day with a pair of quick wins over a short-handed Hunter squad, 27-0 for the women and 22-5 for the men.
* After a sweep at the hands of nationally-ranked squads from UPenn, Brandeis met their University Athletic Association rivals from NYU.
* Against the Violets, the Judges had a chance to nab a pair of victories, leading both matches going into the last few bouts. Men's foil owned a 6-0 lead, but the Violets won the final three matches, while the NYU epee squad won the final two bouts in overtime, falling 16-11. The women got a 7-2 win in sabre, their most successful weapon on the day, but couldn't match the seven wins in the other two weapons in a 15-12 loss.
* The teams split against Stevens Tech, with women's sabre's second 9-0 sweep of the day propelling them to a 16-11 victory, but on the men's side, a 5-4 split, with sabre for Brandeis and foil for Stevens, gave the Ducks the overall victory with a 6-3 win in epee.
* Brandeis bounced back beautifully by pulling out narrow wins over NJIT. With sabre down, 4-2, the Judges won the final four bouts, including the clinching win by sophomore Lucas Lin (Plano, Texas/Plano East). Epee had their best win of the day, 7-2, as Brandeis took it 16-11.
* On the women's side against the Highlanders, Brandeis and NJIT split foil and epee, 6-3, with the Judges taking the former. Brandeis led sabre 4-1, but rookie Maggie Shealy (Chapel Hill, N.C./East Chapel Hill) posted a 5-0 win in the next-to-last match to help pull out a 14-13 victory.
* The Judges closed out the afternoon with wins over Haverford, 17-10 for the women and 15-12 for the men.

* The women's sabre squad continued to provide the top individual performers on the day, with Shealy posting a team-leading 13 wins against four losses, going 3-0 against Stevens and Haverford, while classmate Jessica Morales (Wilmington, Mass./Wilmington) was 11-2, with 3-0 records against NYU and NJIT.
* Senior Jessica Gets (Morganville, NJ / Freehold Township) posted nine wins for the foil squad, while rookies Samantha Shortall (Norwell, Mass./Norwell) and Ivanna Zavalla (E. Setauket, N.Y. / Ward-Melville) had eight each.
* The men's team was more balanced in its approach today. Sophomore Lin led the team with eight wins, including 2-1 against NYU, while foil senior Ian Quin (Ramsey, N.J./Ramsey) posted a squad-high seven wins, including 3-0 against Penn and 2-1 against NYU and NJIT.
* Rookies Ben Rogak (E. Setauket, N.Y./Ward Melville) and Braden Vaccari (New York, N.Y./Dwight School) each had six wins for epee and sabre, respectively. Junior Jess Spear (Spofford, N.H. / Keene) led women's epee with five wins.

* The Judges travel to Durham, North Carolina, next weekend for the Duke Invitational.