BOSTON, Mass. – The No. 1 Harvard men's fencing team clinched its 11th straight Beanpot championship Wednesday night, Feb. 14 at MIT. The Crimson tallied wins over host MIT, Boston College and Brandeis in the annual tournament. Harvard has now secured the Beanpot trophy every year since the inception of the tournament in 2007.
The Crimson began the night with a 19-8 win over Boston College. The foil squad excelled against the Eagles, tallying an 8-1 win, while epee and sabre had tighter victories at 6-3 and 5-4, respectively.
Harvard continued its success in round two with a triumphant 20-7 victory against MIT. Matt Branman, George Haglund, Duncan Rheingans-Yoo and Geoffrey Tourette contributed a 9-0 sweep in foil, while the epee team also added an 8-1 mark to lift the Crimson over the Engineers.
In its final bout of the night, Harvard registered a 21-6 win over Brandeis. Epee, foil and sabre all contributed a 7-2 victory to seal the final bout and the Beanpot title for the Crimson.
Adrian Thein-Sandler led all Harvard fencers with a perfect 9-0 record and plus-35 touch differential, a career high for the freshman epee fencer. Thein-Sandler had his best bout against Brandeis, where he tallied 5-0, 5-2, 5-0 wins. Erwin Cai and Geoffrey Tourette followed closely behind, each with 7-0 records apiece. Other notable contributors to the Crimson's win were Matt Branman who registered a 6-1 record and plus-20 touch differential, as well as Philippe Guy who came in at plus-19 and 7-2.
The Crimson will get ready to take on the NCAA Regionals on Monday, March 12 in Waltham, Mass.
Boston College: W, 19-8
MIT: W, 20-7
Brandeis: W, 21-6