No. 8 Men’s Fencing Sends 10 to NCAA Regional Tournament

No. 8 Men’s Fencing Sends 10 to NCAA Regional Tournament

George Haglund paces the foil squad with a plus-68 touch differential and 36-13 record (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – After earning a seventh-place finish at the NCAA National Championships in 2016, Harvard will send ten men fencers to New Haven, Connecticut to compete in the NCAA Northeast Regionals on Sunday, March 12, hosted by Yale. 
Last Time Out
The No. 8 Harvard men's fencing team clinched its 10th Beanpot title on February 15 at Boston College over Brandeis, MIT and host Boston College. Harvard has secured the Beanpot Trophy every year since the inception of the tournament in 2007.  The Crimson opened the competition with a 22-5 win over MIT, and continued with a 20-7 triumph over Brandeis. The final match for the Crimson was versus Boston College, with Harvard registering a 22-5 victory over the Eagles.
Harvard Leaders by Weapon
Sabre: Eli Dershwitz, 36-6, +102
Foil: George Haglund, 36-13, +68
Epee: Albert Chien, 30-27, +11

Competing for Harvard
Harvard will send Eli Dershwitz, Eric Zhao, Philippe Guy and Erwin Cai to compete in sabre at NCAA Regionals. Dershwitz has commanded the strip this season, posting a 36-6 overall record and a plus-102 touch differential. The Sherborn, Mass. native recently competed in the Poland World Cup, earning a 17th place finish of 175 competitors.  

Matthew Branman, George Haglund, Duncan Rheingans-Yoo and Stephen Mageras will vie for the win in foil. Haglund leads the foil squad with a plus-68 touch variance and a 36-13 overall record. According to the International Fencing Federation, the Califon, New Jersey native is ranked 24th in the world in junior foil. Albert Chien and Milo Davison will compete for the title in epee. Chein finished 11th at the NCAA Northeast Regionals in 2016, posting a 10-13 record. Chein currently boasts 30 wins this season.
Scouting the Field
The 230 students competing represent some of the best collegiate fencers in the country, including some former and future Olympians, competing at the 2017 NCAA Northeast Regional. Harvard has faced 10 of the 18 schools competing in the Northeast Regional, posting a 7-5 record against those competitors this season, most recently besting Boston College, 22-5 at the Beanpot.  
The student-athletes hope to advance to the national championships on March 23-26 at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum in Indianapolis.
NCAA Regionals Website

All-Ivy League Accolades
Eli Dershwitz was named to the All-Ivy first team along with teammate George Haglund. Eric Zhao was selected to the second team.

Feeling Great at Number Eight
In the most recent CollegeFencing360 poll, Harvard has been ranked at No. 8. 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 190-82 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.
What's Next?
The NCAA Championships will be hosted by Indiana on March 25.