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Lafayette Handles Rutgers at Haverford

Nov. 23, 2015

Results: Cornell (M)Drew (M+W) | Haverford (M+W) | Rutgers (M+W)

HAVERFORD, Pa. – Backed by 3-0 sweeps from Alex Gorloff, David Jennings and David Shindell, Lafayette’s men’s fencing team registered an 18-9 victory over Rutgers at Saturday’s MACFA Group A Round Robin hosted by Haverford.

Jacob Mickey also went 2-1 in the epee against Rutgers, joining with Jennings and Shindell for an 8-1 team score in that discipline, while Brent Staples (2-1) and Zack Sohn (2-1) combined with Gorloff for a 7-2 triumph in the sabre.

That match was one of four on the day for the men, with the Leopards dropping decisions to Drew (14-13), Haverford (16-11) and Cornell (17-10). Lafayette’s women, meanwhile, fell 20-7 to both Drew and Haverford and lost 19-7 against Rutgers.

“The win/loss columns once again do not tell the whole story for the afternoon,” assistant coach Tom Gauntner said. “We were forced to compete without a couple of our starters for various reasons. Our alternates, though, including a few first-year fencers, fought with the tenacity of seasoned veterans and picked up more than a couple upset victories. It just wasn’t enough to swing the overall dual score.”

Gorloff continued to lead the way for the Maroon and White, winning 10 of his 12 bouts on the afternoon and improving his season record to an outstanding 30-6. Jennings and Shindell each finished 8-4 in the epee, and along with Mickey’s 7-5 record in his collegiate debut, the Leopards (3-9) ended the day with a 23-13 record with that weapon.

Lafayette’s strong showing in the epee was nearly enough to secure a victory over Drew. A 7-2 win there, however, was offset by a 7-2 defeat in the foil, and the Leopards were edged out 5-4 in the sabre.

Julia Sheng paced the Lafayette women with a 6-2 mark in the foil, and she also added four wins in that discipline filling in on the men’s squad. The senior has won 15 of 20 women’s bouts so far this season. Sara Mikovic made her first appearance for the Leopards (0-7) in the epee, going 4-4 overall with a 2-1 record against Haverford.

The fencing teams are off next weekend before returning to action at the NIWFA Invitational on Saturday, Dec. 5.