Fencing Fords rock Fieldhouse
By biconews On 22 Feb, 2000 At 05:00 AM | Categorized As Archives | With 0 Comments

By Mikael Haxby
Guest Writer

Deep in the bowels of a tension-filled Alumni Fieldhouse, the Haverford men’s fencing team held their only home meet. The Fords faced off against four MACFA conference opponents: St. John’s (Maryland), Lafayette, Cornell, and archrival Johns Hopkins.

An easy 20-7 meet victory started off the day for the Fords, dropping St. John’s with aplomb and good temper. A fencing meet consists of 27 bouts, nine in each weapon, whether that be foil, epee or saber. With three men to a weapon squad, the math comes out to three bouts for each fencer. In the St. John’s victory, the Fords were paced by a stellar 9-0 performance by the foil squad, and picked up eight wins in epee as well.

Johns Hopkins awaited, Haverford has only one victory against the Jays in the last thirteen years, but the senior Fords team felt they had an chance. With the meet at 10-11 after two rounds of each weapon, cheered on by gracious alumni, the Fords were nonetheless unable to pick up the necessary victories to pull off the upset. But with an 11-16 showing, including three hard-fought wins by the young saber squad and a 5-4 win in foil paced by freshman S.I. Newhouse’s 3-0 record, the team gave the conference front-runners a fine fight, and this junior and sophomore-laden team knows there is always next year with Hopkins.

The meet continued, with a letdown 10-17 loss to Cornell, with disappointing 1-8 and 3-6 losses for saber and foil. A strong epee performance - a very impressive 6-3 victory - kept the Fords afloat, and avenged a squad loss from the previous year. Each of the epee fencers, Aaron Block ’02, Sam Cone ’03 and co-captain Asa Hopkins ’01 pulled off two victories.

The day closed with an exciting victory over Lafayette. With a 2-7 saber loss, and one round remaining in epee and foil, the Fords needed four wins in epee and foil (out of six bouts) to pull out the meet win. A possible loss to Lafayette hanging over their heads like a Sword of Damocles, the Fords grabbed four clutch wins by Block. Hopkins, and foilists Darren Bacon ’02 and co-captain Mikael Haxby ’01, whose final 5-2 bout victory clinched the meet.

Stars of the meet honors would have to go to Hopkins and Newhouse, with their respective 9-3 and 10-2 records on the day, tough 5-4 triumphs interspersed among the easy ones. Haxby and Block posted identical 8-4 tallies. The foil and epee squads both ran up three victories in conference, keeping hopes for possible squad championships alive.

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