Lafayette Wins Five of Six Matches at Stevens
HOBOKEN, N.J. – Sophomore Alex Gorloff went undefeated across six matches, while fellow sophomore David Shindell and senior David Jennings each went 13-4 to help lead Lafayette’s men’s fencing team to a dominant 5-1 record Sunday afternoon at Stevens Institute of Technology.
After dropping their first contest to the host Ducks, the Leopards tallied victories over Army West Point, Yeshiva, Hunter, NJIT and TCNJ. Gorloff won all 17 contested bouts in the sabre, improving to 28-1 since the team returned from winter break and 58-7 on the year overall. Jake Burns (11-6), Andrew Mange (11-7) and Brent Staples (9-8) also posted winning records over the weekend.
With the wins, Lafayette (10-12) has now defeated seven of its past 10 opponents in 2015-16.
The Maroon and White had a difficult matchup in the opener, facing a Stevens squad which would finish the day 5-0 overall to extend its overall winning streak to nine. The Ducks came out on top by a 20-7 final, with Gorloff (3-0) and Jennings (2-1) accounting for a majority of the points total for the Leopards.
Lafayette recovered with a tight 15-12 win over Army, backed by a 7-2 victory in the epee and a 6-3 triumph in the foil. The Leopards and Black Knights were tied 3-3 heading into the final head-to-head bouts in the epee, but Shindell, Jennings and Conrad Stoerker each defeated their respective opponents to open up a comfortable final margin.
A 20-7 victory over Yeshiva was Lafayette’s largest victory of the day. Five Leopards went undefeated against the Maccabees, including all three competitors in the sabre. The Maroon and White then topped Hunter by a similarly comfortable 19-8 final, with Gorloff, Burns, Shindell and Mange failing to lose a bout.
The closest contest on the afternoon came against NJIT, with Lafayette edging out a Highlander squad which entered the matchup with an overall record of 27-10 and wins in 14 of their last 15 matchups. Lafayette’s three epee participants each went 2-1, while Mange added two wins in the foil and Gorloff (3-0) and Burns (2-1) combined to go 5-1 in the sabre.
The Leopards had more breathing room in their final victory over TCNJ, picking up a second 19-8 decision. Lafayette had its best performance of the day in the foil against the Lions, with Joshua Kwak going a perfect 3-0 to go along with 2-1 showings from Mange and Jackson Miller.
Next up for the fencing team is the Philadelphia Invitational, which will be hosted by Penn next Sunday. The tournament was originally scheduled for Jan. 24 before being postponed by Winter Storm Jonas.