February 11, 2013

Haverford sweeps MACFA competition

BALTIMORE, Md. - The Haverford College men's fencing team competed at Johns Hopkins University on Sunday, taking on Rutgers University, Lafayette College, Cornell University, and Drew University in Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Fencing Association (MACFA) round-robin action.

The Fords were undefeated on the day, bringing their conference record to 12-1 for the season.

Opening strong against a seasoned Rutgers team, the Fords swept the foil, 9-0, and dominated in sabre, 7-2, while the young epee squad persevered despite falling 4-5. The pattern repeated itself against Lafayette and Cornell, with the foils and sabres carrying the wins.

But in the last round of the tournament a resurgent Drew team revenged earlier losses to Haverford in foil and sabre, and it was a valiant stand by the epee squad, capped by co-captain James Nieuwland's bout victory with the score knotted at 13-all, that won the match for the Fords.

Leading scorers on the day were Max Findley in the foil with an impressive 9-1 record, Aaron Ruby with a stellar 5-0 result in sabre, while Nieuwland led all epeeists at 6-3. Showing great improvement on the season were Joshua Nadel in the sabre, and freshman Kailash Faris in the épée, each winning five bouts on the day.

Haverford def. Rutgers, 20-7
Epee: 4-5
Foil: 9-0
Sabre: 7-2
Haverford def. Lafayette, 17-10
E: 3-6
F: 9-0
S: 5-4

Haverford def. Cornell, 16-11
E: 4-5
F: 7-2
S: 5-4

Haverford def. Drew, 14-13
E: 7-2
F: 3-6
S: 4-5