No. 7 Men’s Fencing Travels to Ivy League Championships

The Crimson boasts a combined +400 touch differential (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 7 Harvard men's fencing team will travel to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to compete in the 2017 Ivy League Championships hosted by Penn.

Last Time Out
The men's fencing team (6-5) competed in a head-to-head match against NYU Feb. 4, posting a 16-11 victory. In the final epee bout of the afternoon, Albert Chien was down 2-3 before hitting three consecutive hits to earn the point and go 3-0 in the contest.  George Haglund led the foil squad with 2-1 mark and a positive touch variance, while Erwin Cai swept NYU 2-0, holding a plus-five touch differential. 

Recap: Men's Fencing vs NYU, W 16-11
Feb 5, 2017

Feb. 5, 2017

Scouting Harvard
The Harvard men's fencing team was challenged at the St. John's Invitational, tallying a 1-4 finish.

In the final bouts of the day, Harvard faced the Lions. 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 +8-touch differential against the Lions in sabre. Sophomore Albert Chien registered a +8-touch differential in epee against Penn State. Freshman Duncan Rheingans-Yoo finished the match against Penn State with a +4-touch differential.
Harvard Leaders by Weapon
Sabre: Eli Dershwitz, 14-4, +32
Foil: Stephen Mageras, 18-7, +34
Epee: Albert Chien, 20-13, +19
Scouting the Field
Harvard faced No. 1 Columbia at the St. John's Invitational, falling by one point 13-14. Harvard has not seen the remaining Ivy competitors since last year's Ivy League Championships.  
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.
Last Season
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-America 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 186-78 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.
What's Next?
Harvard will compete in the Beanpot hosted by Boston College. The field will feature competitors from BC, MIT and Brandeis.