January 28, 2012

No. 10 Yale Falls to No. 9 Sacred Heart

Tough Day at Home 

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The No. 10 Yale men's fencing team encountered a tough day of competition Jan. 28, falling to No. 9 Sacred Heart 17-10 in a competitive match-up in Payne Whitney Gymnasium. 

"It was a disappointing loss for us because we were fencing at home, and lost a lot of really close matches," senior captain Shiv Kachru said. "We were also a bit shorthanded, as we were missing one of our best fencers due to illness." 

When the Bulldogs took on the Pioneers last year, they lost a heartbreaker — the final verdict was 14-13. In spite of this week's result, the Elis took away several positives from Saturday's match.

"Despite this disappointing result, we did have some fencers step up in a big way, including junior Nathaniel Benzimra, who won all three of his matches," Kachru said.

The team also has some momentum: it fenced its way to a trio of victories at the Jan. 22 NYU Invitational and individual weapons squads all put in diligent work over winter break and during the fall. 

"In the end, we will try to use this as a learning experience for us when we host the Ivy League Championships in two weeks," Kachru said. "Winning the Ivies has been our goal all season, so we will prepare and come with a better focus in two weeks."

The Elis will host the Ivy League Championships at Coxe Cage on Feb. 11-12. But before that, they will take on Vassar at home on Feb. 4.

Report filed by James Lu '14, Yale Sports Publicity.

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