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Harvard Fencing Hosts Beanpot Tournament

Freshman Vaggo (left) and Moore represent the Harvard men's and women's fencing teams, which will host the 2012 Beanpot tournament on Tuesday, Feb. 14 at 6 p.m.

The Harvard men's and women's fencing teams will host Boston College, Brandeis, and MIT for the Beanpot tournament held at the Malkin Athletic Center on Tuesday afternoon. The event will begin at 6 p.m. 

The Particulars
The Crimson host the Beanpot fencing tournament on Tuesday, at 6 p.m. Teams in attendance will be Brandeis, Boston College, and MIT. 

Last Time Out
Harvard last competed in the Ivy League tournament held in New Haven, Conn. The Crimson men took second place, going 4-1, defeating all teams except for Princeton, falling to the Tigers 14-13. The women's team took third place in meet going 4-2 falling to Princeton 18-9 and Princeton 14-13.

Seniors Valentine Staller and James Hawrot, along with freshman Brian Kaneshige earned first team all-Ivy League honors in the saber, epee, and foil, respectively. Staller went 12-3 over the two-day span, missing out on sharing the individual title by a one win. Hawrot finished third in the epee field with a 10-5 mark and Kaneshige went 11-4 to finish tied for second. Lucas Lin landed on the Ivy League's second team in the foil. Lin went 9-6 in the field placing sixth.

Sophomore Alexandra Kiefer and junior Kathy Chou were named First Team All-Ivy selections for their efforts during the two-day tournament. Kiefer and Chou finished the weekend with 13-5 marks tying them for third best mark in the foil division. Senior Caroline Vloka and Felicia Sun along with freshman Emma Vaggo earned Second-Team All-Ivy selection. Vloka went 14-4 in the saber field, while Sun and Vaggo both went 13-5 in the epee division. Scouting Brandeis

Harvard is captained by sophomores Noam Mills and Caroline Vloka. Mills, hailing from Kfar Saba, Israel, placed second at the 2009 NCAA Championships, finished seventh at the 2009 European Championships and competed at the 2008 Beijing Olympics for Team Israel. Vloka, who calls Upper Saddle River, N.J. home, also placed second at last year's NCAA Championships. 

Scouting Boston College
The Boston College women's team enters the tournament with the best record of the two squads with a 10-6 mark, while the men have gone 7-7 this year. The last time out the men went an impressive 4-1 at the Eric Sollee Invitational while the women went 3-2. Neither Harvard squad has lost to the Eagles before, as the men hold a 12-0 series advantage, while the women have gone 13-0 against its cross-town foe. 

Scouting Brandeis
The Brandeis men enter the Beanpot 13-13, most recently going 2-3 at the Duke Invitational on Feb. 11. The women's team currently sits at 10-18, with one of those wins coming against Air Force 18-9 their last time out. That one win would be their only however, going 1-4 at the Duke Invite. The Harvard men hold a 44-11 series lead against the Judges having won the last nine, while the Crimson women are 27-6 against Brandeis and are a on a seven-match winning streak. 

Scouting MIT
The women's team has had the better year for the Engineers so far posting a record of 12-10 in 2012. The men, who struggled at the Eric Sollee Invite on Feb. 4 (1-4), enter the tournament with a mark of 8-11. Harvard has seen success against MIT for both team's as the men hold a 91-18-1 advantage over the Engineers while the women have gone 25-12 against MIT in the program's history.