NEW HAVEN, Conn. - On Saturday, the Yale men's fencing team soundly defeated Sacred Heart and Drew in a final tune-up before the Ivy League Championships. The Bulldogs hosted the meet in the seventh-floor fencing salon in Payne Whitney Gymnasium. Before a supportive hometown crowd, the Elis defeated Sacred Heart by a final score of 16-11 and Drew by a final score of 21-6. The victory against Drew was an improvement of six wins over last year, while the victory against Sacred Heart was an improvement of one win over last year.
"These were two very solid victories and it was good to see us win at home in our final home meet of the year," said captain Andrew Holbrook. "However, these were also two of the weakest schools we fence. As we move into the weeks before Ivies, it will be important that we remain focused and work to maintain the intensity that we have had so far this year."
The wins bring Yale's season record to 11-2, which is now the third-best record of any fencing team in the country. It is also the best record that the Bulldogs have compiled in recent memory.
Of note was William Zhao's 3-0 record against Drew, which led the way for the Bulldog saber squad. Additionally, in an unprecedented turn of events, all seven Yale foilists participated in the win against Drew, allowing many Bulldogs the opportunity to share in the winning experience.
The Elis also took full enjoyment of the home-field advantage and the supportive Yale fans.
"The fan turnout on Saturday was huge," said team manager Thomas Bell. "The support meant a lot to us since Sacred Heart brought a group of their own fans, but they were outnumbered and outyelled by the Yale crowd."
The Bulldogs will continue their season with the first portion of the Ivy League Championships on Feb. 21 at Cornell University.
Report by Arsi Sefaj '11, Yale Sports Publicity