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Lafayette to Host NCAA Fencing Mid-Atlantic/South Regional on March 10

March 2, 2012

EASTON, Pa. - Lafayette College has been announced as the site of the 2012 NCAA Fencing Mid-Atlantic/South Regional. Thirteen teams totaling more than 200 student-athletes will compete at Kirby Sports Center on Saturday, March 10 with action beginning at 8 a.m.

Seven Leopards have earned seeds in the regional: foilists Zachary Roberts, Phillip Manna and Jeremy Martin-Mills, epeeists Noah Weiner, Daniel Robitzski and Andre Rafizadeh and sabreur Eric Luby. As many as 12 additional Lafayette fencers could take to the strip as alternates.

In addition to Lafayette's participants, four top-10 men's squads (No. 2 Penn State, No. 4 Princeton, No. 7 Penn and No. 8 Duke) and three top-10 women's squads (No. 2 Penn State, No. 3 Princeton and No. 10 Penn) will have representatives at the event.

Individual fencers at the regional include numerous NCAA champions, NCAA medalists and All-Americans, as well as 2012 Olympic hopefuls and World Championship participants.

"We are honored and excited to host some of the nation's top fencers at this event," said Director of Athletics Bruce McCutcheon. "We look forward to presenting a great experience for the student-athletes, coaches and fans."

Kirby Sports Center is one of four regional hosts. Fencers are competing to advance to the NCAA Fencing Championships at the Ohio State University on March 22-25.

Lafayette is hosting an NCAA fencing regional for the first time. While the Leopards have participated in several NCAA championships in recent years, the College last hosted an NCAA event when two rounds of the 1995 NCAA Men's Soccer College Cup were held at Oak Stadium.

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