CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – No. 7 Harvard men's fencing will host NYU Feb. 4 at 1 p.m. The bouts will be broadcast live on the Ivy League Digital Network.
Last Time Out
The Harvard men's fencing team was challenged at the St. John's Invitational, tallying a 1-4 finish. The Crimson (5-5, 0-1 Ivy) was able to tally an 16-11 victory over Penn State.
In the final bouts of the day, Harvard faced Penn State. The Crimson was able to walk away with a 16-11 victory, with scores of 7-2 in sabre, 4-5 foil and 5-4 in epee. Sophomore Eli Dershwitz rattled off a plus-8 touch differential against the Lions in sabre. Sophomore Albert Chien registered a plus-8 touch differential in epee against Penn State. Freshman Duncan Rheingans-Yoo finished the match against Penn State with a plus-4 touch differential.
The Harvard men's fencing team opened its 2016-17 campaign at the Tradition Tournament at Sacred Heart Dec. 4. Harvard topped Vassar, 24-3, Penn State, 15-12, Sacred Heart, 19-8, and NJIT, 16-11.
The underclassmen led the men's team over the course of the tournament. Sophomore Albert Chien led the charge for epee, finishing the weekend 10-5 with a plus-12 touch differential. Freshman George Haglund paced the foil fencers, finishing 10-2 with a plus-23 touch differential, while freshman Erwin Cai finished the weekend with a team-best plus-32 differential and an 11-4 record.
Scouting the Field
Harvard fell 13-14 against NYU earlier this season. The Bobcats boast a 9-6 record, including a 1-1 mark on the road. Harvard trails NYU in the all-time series, 15-32-1.
Related: No. 7 Men's Fencing Challenged at St. John's Invitational
Lucky Number 7
In the most recent CollegeFencing360 poll, Harvard has been ranked at No.7. This marks the 13th-consecutive season that the men's squad has been ranked in the top-10. Harvard has been ranked in every poll since 2005.
Harvard went 10-3 during the 2015-16 season, finishing seventh as a team at the NCAA Championships. Senior Stephen Mageras finished the NCAA Tournament with his first All-America accolade with a 14-9 record and a plus-18 touch differential joining the second team. Michael Woo '16 tallied his third All-American selection finishing with a plus-16 touch differential and a 14-9 mark joining Mageras on the second team.
Leading the Way
Head coach Peter Brand enters his 19th season at the helm for the Crimson, which has posted a winning record in each of the last 15 seasons under his watch. Harvard has won eight Ivy League Championships during his tenure, while also winning the 2006 National Championship. Brand owns a 185-78 record on the men's side and has coached a combined 47 All-Americans at Harvard.
Captaining the Ship
Senior Stephen Mageras and junior Eric Zhao have been chosen by their teammates as the Harvard men's fencing captains for the 2016-17 season.
Ivy League Digital Network
The Ivy League Digital Network returns for a fourth season as the home for all live streaming and on-demand video content for each of the conference's eight institutions. Broadcast in full HD and featuring a live score bug and play-by-play and color commentary, the Ivy League Digital Network provides fans with unprecedented access to the Ancient Eight.
The Crimson will face No. 1 Columbia, Cornell, Penn, No. 2 Princeton and Yale at the Ivy League Championships hosted by the Lions Feb. 11-12. The tournament will be streamed on the Ivy League Digital Network.