CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Coming off a fifth-place finish at the NCAA Championships last season, head coach Peter Brand has announced the Harvard men's and women's fencing 2018-19 schedule.
The Crimson will kick-off its 2018-19 campaign at the Penn State Open Saturday, Nov. 3 and Sunday, Nov. 4 in State College, Pa. Nearly a month later, the men and women will travel to Sacred Heart on Dec. 2 to compete in the Sacred Heart Invitational. Harvard will face host Sacred Heart, NYU, Penn State, Temple and Vassar. The women's team will begin its home slate that same week, hosting Wellesley and Tufts on Dec. 4.
Both teams will return to action on Jan. 19 for the St. John's Invitational in Queens, N.Y. where they face host St. John's, Columbia, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Penn State. The men and women will then welcome NYU to Cambridge on Feb. 2 for their final home bout of the season.
The Ivy League Championships will be hosted by Yale this year on Feb. 9 and 10. The men claimed a share of the title at last year's tournament, while the women secured a third-place finish. Additionally, senior co-captain Eli Dershwitz clinched his second-straight Ivy League Championship title in sabre.
In their final tune up before the NCAA Tournament, the men and women will travel to Brandeis in Waltham, Mass. on Feb. 13 to take on host Brandeis, Boston College and MIT in search of their 12th-straight Beanpot Championship title.
Closing the season, the Crimson will travel to Columbia for the NCAA Regionals on March 10 in hopes of securing a place in the NCAA Championships in Cleveland, Ohio Thursday, March 21 through Sunday, March 24.
Last year, Harvard sent 10 fencers to the NCAA Championships, earning a fifth-place finish. Dershwitz became the first men's fencer in program history to win back-to-back national titles, winning the men's sabre category for the second consecutive year. Sophomore Cindy Gao earned the women's highest placement, finishing third in epee.