Yale to Face Vassar and Detroit

Jan. 15, 2009

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - After a long winter break, Yale fencers are back in action this Saturday. The Bulldogs will head to Poughkeepsie, N.Y., to face hosts Vassar and the University of Detroit. Yale will face Vassar at 2:00 p.m. and Detroit at 3:00 p.m.

Starters for the men's team include:

Epee
Michael Pearce
Alexander Cohen
Thomas Bell

Sabre
Jonathan Holbrook
Adam Fields
Sebastian Cano-Besquet

Foil
Andrew Holbrook
John Gurrieri
Shiv Kachru

The bout against Detroit will be a first for Yale.

"We have never fenced the University of Detroit before, but coming off an intense and productive winter training session and our 4-0 victory at Brandeis, I think we are in good shape to win," commented team manager Andrew Holbrook.

The Bulldogs beat Vassar last year, 20-7.

Captain Michael Pearce added, "Although we had a great end to the fall semester by beating Brandeis and St. John's we do have a long, intense season ahead of us. Last year Vassar came to us and after their loss, vowed revenge. And since we have never fenced U Detroit, we don't know what to expect."

He added, "I know we will use this weekend as warm up for next weekend (NYU Invitational) and the Ivy League season starting in February."

Report filed by Dominique Fenton '10, Yale Sports Publicity