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2017-18 Season Recap

Season overview: Fencing an annual schedule that is loaded with Division I opponents throughout the year, the Haverford College men's fencing team still recorded 23 team victories for its highest win total since the 2010-11 season when Haverford won its second of three straight MACFA Championships. The Fords finished fourth at the MACFA Championships this season.

Haverford took home the team title at the Drew Holiday Invitational and suffered just a single team setback during both the Vassar and Dan Arnstein '09 Invitationals during the fall semester. The sabre squad, which finished runner-up in its pursuit of a second straight MACFA squad championship, toppled Yale, MIT, and Brown early in the spring to show that it was one of the top squads throughout the entire region.

When the MACFA team competitions rolled around, the Fords were in peak condition and finished those bouts with an overall record of 11-2. That record included a perfect 4-0 showing during the final weekend of fencing at the "B" vs. "C" bouts. During the individual championships, the Fords had a medalist in each of the three weapons for the first time since the 2012 season. The Fords also sent nine qualifiers to what is widely considered the toughest regional in all of NCAA fencing, the Mid-Atlantic/South.

Season Notes: Haverford's 23-20 record marked the most wins for the team since the 2010-11 season … The Fords had one MACFA medalist in each of the three weapons for the first time since 2012 … Sabrist John Hare is now 2-for-2 in winning MACFA medals as the sophomore placed fifth this season … Kadan Lottickwas a bronze medalist in epee for the Fords, earning his first MACFA recognition … Yan Yan Xie matched Lottick's bronze medal and was the first Ford foilist at the MACFA Championships since the 2015 season … Haverford's nine regional qualifiers mark the highest total for the team since the 2013-14 season … John Hareearned the Fords' highest individual placement in sabre since 2013 during the NCAA Regional as he placed 15th overall and just missed a spot in the regional finals … The sabrists qualified each of their three fencers to the NCAA Regional for the second straight season … Haverford's four qualifiers in foil was the team's highest total in over a decade … The Fords have qualified at least two epee fencers to regionals during each of the past five seasons.

Honors/Awards

Looking ahead: The Fords seem to be well-equipped for another strong season in 2018-19. Haverford returns each of its three MACFA medalists to a team that consistently sees individual growth throughout the year. Those returners include every member of the sabre squad (John HareGabriel BraunDavid ParkerKagan Harris) that was a part of its weapon championship in 2017. Foil is slated to return MACFA bronze medalist and 2017 regional finalist Yan Yan Xie, along with regional qualifiers Jack Leighninger and Alton Wiggers. MACFA bronze medalist Kadan Lottick will look to lead the epeeists by example as a two-time regional qualifier.

 

2017-18 Season Outlook

HAVERFORD, Pa. – The Haverford College men's fencing team enters the 2017-18 season looking to continue the improvement the Fords showed last year. Having finished third at the MACFA Championships, and only five bouts away from gold last season, the Fords are seeking their first team Championship since 2012.

The sabre squad, having won the MACFA Squad Championship last year, returns its three starters and will lead by example for the rest of the team. Sophomore John Hare looks to improve on his individual silver medal, with his strongest rivals for that championship being his teammates Gabriel Braun and David Parker. The epee squad shows strength with newly-annoited "A" fencer Kadan Lottick, and co-captain Ian Wheeler. Depth on that squad will come with three incoming first year fencers. The deepest squad is the foil, with sophomore Yan Yan Xie, medalist at last year's Temple Open and NCAA Regional Finalist, at the top of the pile. He is supported by returning senior Aldis Gamble, along with a host of four first years who are all looking to prove themselves.

With numerous potential finalists at the Temple Open, the team looks to start strong out of the gate. Following that meet will be the Vassar Invitational and Dan Arnstein '09 Invitational before the first semester wraps up with a new addition to the schedule at Drew in December. Tradition continues with the always-challenging Penn State Invitational kicking off Winter Training Camp. Strong tournaments at the University of Pennsylvania and Brandeis lead into the MACFA meets and championships. With potential MACFA medalists and Regional finalists in all three weapons, the Fords appeared poised to have one of their strongest seasons in recent years.