Top 10 Preview: Competition heating up as teams head to Northwestern Duals
Third-ranked Princeton, No. 8 Penn and No. 10 Stanford will be present on Saturday and Sunday for the Northwestern Duals.
This is an event at which Princeton has competed in each of the last four seasons. On their last visit, the team went 10-1 with their only loss to Notre Dame. Princeton will take on 11 opponents, three of which are ranked in the top 10 with two more receiving votes.
With home advantage, Penn added six victories to the win column upon completion of the Philadelphia Invitational. The strong weekend prepared Penn for the competition this weekend.
Helping the Stanford men get off to a strong start to the 2014 season were three individuals who won at least 10 bouts on the opening Saturday at the Western Invitational. The two brothers, Paul and Ben Riviere, led the way for the epee group to go undefeated. Paul started his season with a perfect 12-0 record while Ben lost just one match to finish 11-1. David Beam guided the sabre team to a 4-0 start after winning 10 of his 12 matches. Alex Massialas and Justin Lee each won nine bouts for the foil group with Massialas going undefeated at 9-0.
Eric Sollee Invitational at Brandeis
Ninth-ranked Brown will travel to Brandeis on Saturday.
The men defeated all but one of their opponents at the Northeast Fencing Conference Meet by large margins, taking down Tufts 24-3, Boston College 20-7, Brandeis 18-9, Dartmouth 19-8, and Vassar 22-5, before falling to a strong MIT team 15-12.
Sophomore Simon Jones led the men's side with a 17-1 score. Rookie James Yoon also had a strong showing for the epeeists with an 11-6 record.
Top-ranked Princeton, No. 3 Notre Dame, No. 5 Ohio State, No. 7 Northwestern, No. 8 Penn and No. 9 Temple take on each other at the Northwestern Duals, taking place on Saturday and Sunday.
Princeton competed in the Northwestern Duals in each of the last four seasons. On their last visit, the women's team finished with a record of 10-2, with their only defeats coming to Ohio State and Notre Dame.
For the first time since Nov. 2013, Northwestern will hit the strips in Evanston as they host the NU Duals at the Henry Crown Sports Pavilion.
The 'Cats (23-4) will fence six duals on the event's opening day. NU opens bright and early at 9 a.m. with a showdown against UC San Diego. The Wildcats have already defeated the Tritons once this season, 20-7, at the Western Invitational on Jan. 11.
For a second weekend in a row Penn will fence Northwestern. The Quakers will once against take on Ohio State, after falling to them (11-16) earlier in the season, and will face a new challenge from Notre Dame. The Red and Blue will also fence, Wayne State, UC San Diego, Stanford, and Detroit-Mercy.