NCAA RSS http://www.ncaa.comnews/fencing/nc/rss.xml NCAA RSS - NC Fencing en Harvard men and women combine for 9-1 record at Tradition Tournament <p><img alt="" src="" style="width: 70px; height: 70px; margin-left: 15px; margin-right: 15px; float: left;"><strong>Harvard women at Tradition Tournament</strong></p><p><strong>FAIRFIELD, Conn. --</strong> The Harvard women's fencing team kept its 2013-14 record perfect as the Crimson downed all five of its opponents at the Tradition Tournament hosted by Sacred Heart at the Pitt Center on Sunday.&nbsp;</p><p>Harvard improves to 6-0 for the first time since beginning 7-0 in 2010-11.&nbsp;</p><p>The top performer for the Crimson was sabre fencer sophomore Aliya Itzkowitz, who dropped a single bout to post a 14-1 record. Freshman Adrienne Jarocki followed with a mark of 13-2 while junior Kara Lee finished the day at 10-5. In the foil, freshman Hali Nelson and senior Alexandra Kiefer went 13-2. Freshman Liana Yamin rounded out the foilist with a 10-5 mark. Epeeist Isabel DiTella went 12-3 while sophomore Nina van Loon compiled a 12-2 record.</p><p>The Crimson opened the tournament with a 16-11 victory against Penn State. Harvard topped Vassar 26-1 in round two and went on to best Sacred Heart 23-4, to remain unbeaten against the schools all-time.&nbsp;</p><p>In round four, the Crimson defeated Temple 17-10 to take the lead in the all-time series.Harvard closed out the tournament with a 24-3 victory against New York University. The win stretches the Crimson's undefeated streak against the Violets to 16 matches.</p><p><strong>Harvard men at Tradition Tournament</strong></p><p><strong>FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- </strong>Harvard opened its 111th season with a 4-1 performance at the Tradition Tournament hosted by Sacred Heart at the Pitt Center on Sunday.&nbsp;</p><p>The sabre squad paced the Crimson's performance as senior Eric Arzoian, sophomore Duncan O'Brien and junior Alexander Ryjik each finished the tournament with 12-3 record. Junior Brian Kaneshige and sophomore Jerry Chang posted 10-5 marks in the foil. In his first collegiate tournament, freshman Alexander Eldeib posted a 11-4 record followed by senior Michael Raynis who went 10-5. Nicolas Simko rounded out Harvard's competitors as the sophomore finished the day 9-6 in the epee.</p><p>In the tournament's first round, the Crimson fell to Penn State 15-12 but bounced back to win four consecutive duals.&nbsp;</p><p>Harvard downed Vassar 26-1 to record its first victory of the year before downing Sacred Heart 17-10. The wins kept the Crimson unbeaten against the Brewers and the Pioneers all-time.&nbsp;</p><p>Harvard met Stevens in round four on the strip for the second time in program history. The Crimson bested the Ducks 23-4 to hold both victories in the all-time series.&nbsp;</p><p>The Crimson closed out the tournament with a 18-9 win against New York University.&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="" style="width: 70px; height: 70px; margin-left: 15px; margin-right: 15px; float: left;"><strong>Princeton at Tradition Tournament</strong></p><p><strong>FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- </strong>The Princeton teams combined to win seven of their eight dual meets at the Sacred Heart meet Sunday, the team's final competition before getting going again in February.</p><p>Princeton's men won three of four, defeating Sacred Heart, NYU and Vassar but taking a 20-7 loss to Penn State. The women swept their four foes, winning at least 24 bouts each against Sacred Heart, NYU and Vassar while defeating Penn State 19-8.</p><p>With their sweep, the Princeton women ran their dual-match win streak to 26, not having lost since Feb. 2, 2013 against Ohio State at Northwestern, which will host Princeton's next competition on the first weekend of February.</p><p><img alt="" src="" style="width: 70px; height: 70px; margin-left: 15px; margin-right: 15px; float: left;"><strong>Columbia at Brandeis Invitational</strong></p><p><strong>WALTHAM, Mass. --</strong> Columbia swept all 10 of its matches in the Brandeis Invitational at the Gosman Athletic Center Sunday. The Lion men and women took the measure of one intersectional opponent, Air Force, Johns Hopkins and three local schools -- the host Judges, Boston College and MIT.</p><p>The Lions faced pressure right from the start, when they took on Air Force. Men and women both won by comfortable margins, 21-6 for the men and 18-9 for the women, but the scores were deceptive, as Columbia fought several battles.</p><p>The first-years' effects were particularly appreciated in women's epee, which beat Air Force 7-2 behind a trio of freshmen. Nina Moiseiwitsch won all three of her bouts, while Vivian Rand and Mason Speta each won two of three.</p><p>Drew Johnston led the men against the Falcons, going 3-0 in foil, while Chris Ahn was 2-1 in sabre.</p><p>The veterans got into the act too, as junior Will Spear in sabre, sophomore Adam Mathieu in foil, and sophomore Brian Ro in epee all went 3-0. In the women's match, sophomore Jackie Dubrovich was 3-0 in foil, including a 5-4 clutch victory against Air Force ace Mary McElwee, and sophomore Sarah Yee was 2-0 in sabre.</p><p>Another veteran, junior Nzingha Prescod, has offered to move from her accustomed foil, where she is a ranking world standout, to sabre, a weapon in which Columbia lacks experienced competitors. She lost her first two bouts, but earned a rousing ovation from her teammates when she beat Ally Egan in the third round.</p><p>Against Brandeis, Columbia overcame the Judges' home-court advantage with 20-7 (men) and 23-4 (women) triumphs. Several women went 3-0, including Prescod, Dubrovich and three frosh -- Rand and Speta in epee, and Jessie Laffey in foil. First-year sabrist Michael Costin was 3-0 in sabre, with sophomore epeeist Jake Hoyle and Mathieu posting the same marks.</p><p>Brian Ro and Vivian Rand had impressive come-from-behind 5-4 wins. The latter rallied from a 4-3 deficit to tie her bout and send it into overtime, which she won.</p><p>Come-from-behind triumphs were the order of the day, as Columbia captured a sizable number. Sophomore sabreman Geoff Loss, for instance, fell behind Paul Vitale of Johns Hopkins 4-0 -- just one touch from a defeat -- and then scored five consecutive touches for the win. Prescod beat Lisa Avery of MIT 5-3 after trailing 3-1.</p><p>Matched in her past three matches against the opponent's No. 1 sabrist, Prescod came through again and again. She defeated Rachel Kalina of Johns Hopkins in a protracted battle 5-4, holding off a determined Kalina charge. She was 7-2 on the day.</p><p><img alt="" src="" style="width: 70px; height: 70px; margin-left: 15px; margin-right: 15px; float: left;"><strong>Brown at Brandeis Invitational</strong></p><p><strong>WALTHAM, Mass. --</strong> Senior captain Kathryn Hawrot, senior Caitlin Taylor and rookie Alex Palabrica posted strong performances across all squads to help the Bears go undefeated for the second meet in a row at the Brandeis Invitational on Sunday. Both the men's and women's teams went 3-0.</p><p>Brown's victory against St. John's (N.Y.) turned an extended rivalry between the two squads back in the Bears' favor. After falling to the Red Storm for the past few years, the Bears won by a narrow 14-13 margin on the men's and women's sides. In addition, the women defeated MIT (15-12) and Air Force (17-10), while the men also beat the Engineers (17-10) and the Falcons (21-6).</p><p>"I think St. John's was a big, big win," Hawrot said. "Overall, I'd say a pretty good start off to our real competitive season."</p><p>Hawrot led the women's foil squad by going 8-1, while Taylor also notched an impressive 8-1 mark for women's saber. Women's saber had a successful day overall, with junior Christine Whalen posting a 7-2 record and sophomore Lauren Altman going 6-3. On the men's team, sophomore Simon Jones led the epeeists with a 7-1 record. Junior captain Barrett Weiss and sophomore Kyle Kennedy both notched 7-2 marks for the men's foil, while Palabrica went 8-1 and junior Nick Deak went 7-2 for the men's saber.</p> Columbia receives first-place ranking for first time in program history <p><img alt="" src="" style="width: 50px; height: 50px; margin-left: 15px; margin-right: 15px; float: left;">The first edition of the Coaches' Poll for 2014 has yielded some historic results in the 14-year history of the collegiate fencing poll (2001-14). The Columbia men have received the No. 1 ranking for the first time in program history while the Brown men have cracked the top-10 (9th) for the first time in their program history. It’s a landmark day all-around for Ivy League fencing, as the Princeton women join the Columbia men as near-consensus No. 1 picks in their respective polls, while the Harvard women own the highest ranking (No. 2) in their program history.</p><p>Sophomore foilist Adam Mathieu and the rest of his fairly young teammates are part of the first Columbia fencing team to be ranked No. 1.</p><p>The annual college fencing coaches polls currently are determined by vote from 10 collegiate men’s fencing coaches and 10 from the women’s side. The poll is sponsored by the United States Fencing Coaches Association (USFCA) and administered by (CF360).</p> Columbia bolsters No. 1 ranking with 5-0 sweep at NYU Invitational <p><strong>NYU Invitational </strong></p><p><strong>GREENWICH VILLAGE, N.Y. --</strong> Columbia men bolstered its number one ranking in the national coaches poll released this week by going 5-0 against some of the nation's best in the NYU Invitational Saturday.<br>&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br>The sixth-ranked Lion women's team was nearly perfect, a narrow 15-12 loss to fifth-ranked Ohio State the only blemish in a 4-1 day. Together, Columbia's standout teams defeated such stalwarts as the Buckeyes, Notre Dame, St. John's, Wayne State, Northwestern and North Carolina.</p><p>Fourth-ranked Notre Dame’s men fencing team finished the first day of competition in New York on the winning side of three quarters of their team bouts. The Irish men narrowly beat out conference rival and sixth-ranked Ohio State 14-13 while the No. 3-ranked women scored easy wins against Yale, Northwestern and host NYU with matching scores of 19-8.</p><p>The seventh-ranked Columbia's men’s team went 3-2, defeating Wayne State, Ohio State, and NYU, while losing to Notre Dame and Columbia. The tenth-ranked women’s team went 2-3, collecting wins against Wayne State and NYU, while losing to Ohio State, Notre Dame, and Columbia.</p><p>Seventh-ranked Northwestern women began its two-day swing through the East Coast Saturday by taking on six foes at the NYU Invitational inside the Coles Sports Center in New York City. The 'Cats split their six duals to move to 19-3 on the season.</p><p><strong>Philadelphia Invitational </strong></p><p><strong>PHILADELPHIA -- </strong>With home advantage, the No. 8 Penn men’s fencing team added six victories to the win column upon completion of the Philadelphia Invitational in The Coach Dave Micahnik Fencing Center today. In each of the six duals, the Quakers did not score below 21 points, and a perfect 9-0 victory occurred five times in two weapons – Foil (three) and Sabre (two).</p><p><strong>No. 9 Brown at Boston College</strong></p><p><strong>CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. -- </strong>The Brown fencing teams stand alone at the 20-win plateau on the strength of a combined 11-2 showing at Northeast Fencing Conference Meet hosted by Boston College on Saturday. The men's squad went 5-1.</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Top-ranked Columbia shines at St. John's Super Cup with eight wins <p><strong>QUEENS, N.Y. </strong>-- As good as they were Saturday at NYU, Columbia was even better Sunday in the St. John's Super Cup.</p><p>The women's fencing surprised with four wins in five matches, and the men matched them, despite suffering their first loss of the season, by one bout to Penn State.</p><p>No wonder head coach Michael Aufrichtig told his teams, " I am so proud of all of you." He continued, "I always believed in all of you but now I believe in this team."</p><p><strong>Sunday's team scores:</strong></p><p><strong>Men's Fencing (4-1)</strong><br>14-13 St. John's, 18-9 Harvard, 16-11 Ohio State, 13-14 Penn State, 15-12 Notre Dame</p><p><strong>Women's Fencing (4-1)</strong><br>15-12 St. John's, 15-12 Harvard, 13-14 Ohio State, 15-12 Penn State, 15-12 Notre Dame</p><p><strong>Season Records:</strong> Men 22-1, Women 17-4</p> St. John's Washington named National Fencer of the Week <p>St. John's junior women's epeeist Isis Washington has been named the National Fencer of the Week for Jan. 20-26, 2014, as presented by Washington headlines a group of 12 CF360 Primetime Performers of the Week for college fencing, for the final week of January.</p><p>Harvard women's sabre freshman epeeist Adrienne Jarocki has been selected by CF360men as the second 2014 national rookie of the week.</p><p>Washington went 14-1 at both the NYU Invitational and the St. John's Invitational, while taking on an assortment of top opponents. Washington, a junior, racked up a +89 total-points differential, with both of her losses coming down to the final touch (4-5).</p><p>Washington combined with NCAA tournament veterans Alina Ferdman and Zsofia Fath in leading a St. John's women's epee squad that won nearly 80 percent of its bouts (70-20) during the weekend.</p><p>Over the course of the weekend, Washington – who placed 13th at the 2013 Northeast Regional but has yet to fence in the NCAAs – beat top veterans Emma Vaggo and Nina Van Loon of Harvard, Ashley Severson and Nicole Ameli of Notre Dame and Diane Tsinis of Columbia.</p><p>Jarocki went 13-2 in the first elite college dual-meet tournament of her career, facing opponents from five to top-10 teams at the St. John's Invitational. Her sweep of Penn State, including a win against two-time All-Ameican Nicole Glon, helped provide the margin of victory in the Crimson's 15-12 win against the fourth-ranked Nittany Lions.</p><p>The 10 fencers who round out this week's installment of College Fencing Primetime Performers are:</p><p><drupal-entity data-align="none" data-caption="" data-embed-button="paragraph" data-entity-embed-display="view_mode:paragraph.embedded" data-entity-embed-settings="" data-entity-id="108720" data-entity-type="paragraph" data-entity-uuid="522a0243-0545-43de-b934-18a8d9600003"></drupal-entity></p><p><br>&nbsp;</p> Top 10 Preview: Competition heating up as teams head to Northwestern Duals <p>Third-ranked Princeton, No. 8 Penn and No. 10 Stanford will be present on Saturday and Sunday for the Northwestern Duals.</p><p>This is an event at which <strong>Princeton</strong> 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.</p><p>With home advantage, <strong>Penn </strong>added six victories to the win column upon completion of the Philadelphia Invitational. The strong weekend prepared Penn for the competition this weekend.</p><p>Helping the <strong>Stanford</strong> 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&nbsp; 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.</p><p><strong>Eric Sollee Invitational at Brandeis</strong></p><p>Ninth-ranked <strong>Brown</strong> will travel to Brandeis on Saturday.</p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p><strong>WOMEN</strong></p><p><strong>Northwestern Duals</strong></p><p>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.</p><p><strong>Princeton</strong> 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.</p><p>For the first time since Nov. 2013, <strong>Northwestern</strong> will hit the strips in Evanston as they host the NU Duals at the Henry Crown Sports Pavilion.</p><p>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.</p><p>For a second weekend in a row <strong>Penn</strong> will fence Northwestern. The Quakers will once against take on <strong>Ohio State</strong>, after falling to them (11-16) earlier in the season, and will face a new challenge from <strong>Notre Dame</strong>. The Red and Blue will also fence, Wayne State, UC San Diego, Stanford, and Detroit-Mercy.</p> Day 1 of Northwestern Duals complete, competition stiff in Evanston <p><strong>No. 3 Princeton, No. 4 Notre Dame, No. 6 Ohio State, No. 8 Penn, No. 10 Stanord<br>at Northwestern Duals</strong></p><p><strong>EVANSTON, Ill.</strong> -- Princeton went 5-3 Saturday with each of the three losses coming by no more than three bouts and all against ranked opponents. The Tiger men swept their five foes outside the national top 10.</p><p>Stanford competed in 13 dual matches between the men’s and women’s teams on Saturday.</p><p>The Cardinal went 3-3 on Saturday, including big wins against No. 3 Princeton (14-13) and No. 4 Notre Dame (15-12). Stanford fell in top-10 matchups with No. 6 Ohio State (20-7) and No. 8 Penn (17-10). The other two matches on the first day of the event were a win against Wayne State (21-6) and loss to North Carolina (15-12).</p><p>Leading the way for the Cardinal was sophomore Alexander Massialas in foil, who lost just twice on the day while posting a 13-2 record. Also recording double-digit wins was freshman Ben Riviere in epee with a 10-8 ledger. Junior Paul Riviere and senior Jake Harbour each notched nine wins in epee on the day.</p><p>Notre Dame dropped the first round bout against Penn 19-8, but came back in the second round against Princeton, they pulled off the upset and won 15-12. Sabre and epee both posted 5-4 marks, and the foil squad – competing without captain Gerek Meinhardt – won 6-3.</p><p>Notre Dame fought extremely well against North Carolina in the third round, winning 18-9. The men’s sabre squad comprised of Kevin Hassett, Alex Coccia, John Hallsten and Billy Meckling won 5-4, and were followed by the foil squad with a rotation of Gabriel Acuna, Ryan Murphy, Alan Markow, Nick Kubik and Kristjan Archer. The foil squad won 6-3, but what was perhaps most impressive was the men’s epee squad. Boasting Garrett McGrath, Mikhail Heber, Arthur Le Meur, Dale Purdy, and John Poremski, the epeeists won 7-2, their best record in a head-to-head match so far.</p><p>Moving into the fifth round, Notre Dame lost to Stanford.</p><p>In the seventh round, the men went back and forth with Duke Blue, but sadly were not able to pull out the win as Duke went up 14-13. They made up for it in the eighth and final round, where they ousted Lawrence Vikings 24-3.</p><p><strong><img alt="" src="" style="width: 50px; height: 50px; margin-left: 15px; margin-right: 15px; float: left;">No. 9 Brown at Eric Sollee Invitational</strong></p><p><strong>WALTHAM, Mass. </strong>-- Brown combined to go unbeaten for the fourth time in five outings as the team finished 5-0 at the Eric Sollee invitational hosted by Brandeis.</p><p>The soundest defeat of the day came against Hunter, whom the Bears dominated 23-4. The men's team also beat Haverford 20-7, NYU 15-12, NJIT 16-11 and Stevens Institute 16-11.</p><p>Sophomore Simon Jones led the men's epee squad with a 13-2 record.</p><p><strong>WOMEN</strong></p><p><strong>No. 1 Princeton, No. 7 Northwestern, No. 8 Penn, No. 9 Temple</strong> <strong>at Northwestern Duals</strong></p><p><strong>EVANSTON, Ill. </strong>-- The top-ranked Tigers finished 6-0 on the day and has the chance to go undefeated at the Northwestern Duals for the first time in five trips to the event. Notre Dame, which the women defeated 17-10 Saturday, defeated Princeton in each of their previous four visits, while Ohio State defeated Princeton's women in their last three visits to Northwestern. Princeton beat the Buckeyes 15-12 Saturday. With the six wins, the Tigers ran their dual-match winning streak to 34 matches, dating back to their last trip to Northwestern and defeats against Ohio State and Notre Dame.</p><p>Northwestern began the NU Duals with five victories to just one, one-touch, loss on Saturday, the first day of the two-day event. Northwestern defeated UC San Diego 18-9. In round two, Northwestern beat No. 9 Temple 17-10.</p><p>The third round featured another rematch from six days ago, this time versus No. 8 Penn. In Philadelphia, the Wildcats topped the Quakers 14-13, but in Evanston, the Ivy League squad flipped the script and pulled out a one-touch win of their own. The Wildcats held the upper hand in sabre (7-2) and epée (5-4), but Penn won eight of nine foil bouts to avenge last Sunday's loss.</p><p>The Wildcats faced Duke for the first time this season in the fourth round of the meet. After dropping a close decision in Durham, N.C. last season, the Purple and White exacted revenge this time around with a resounding 19-8 triumph.</p><p>Northwestern's first day concluded with an 18-9 triumph against Tufts.</p> Top-ranked Princeton women complete 13-0 weekend at Northwestern <p>Princeton's top-ranked women's team completed a 13-0 weekend at the Northwestern Duals, the first time in five trips that the Tiger women emerged undefeated from the two-day competition. Princeton had lost to Notre Dame in each of its first four visits as well as Ohio State in each of its last three trips, but the Tigers defeated both Saturday. Princeton's dual-match winning streak now stands at 41 and dates back to last year's trip to Northwestern.</p><p>The Princeton women added two more wins against ranked opponents Sunday, against No. 7 Northwestern and No. 9 Temple, after scoring two such victories Saturday against No. 3 Notre Dame and No. 5 Ohio State.</p><p>Princeton's men added three wins Sunday to a 5-3 day Saturday to finish at 8-3 for the tournament. The competition was Princeton's last before the Ivy League Championship gets underway next weekend at Brown.</p> Round robin set for Ivy League Championship this weekend <p><strong><img alt="" src="" style="width: 73px; height: 73px; margin-left: 15px; margin-right: 15px; float: left;"></strong>The championship season for the Ivy League's fencing squads begins in earnest this weekend as the teams head to Providence and Brown's Olney-Margolies Athletic Center for the 2014 edition of the Ivy League Round-Robins.&nbsp;</p><p>Some of the best teams in the nation wil be on display as five of the six men's teams and four of the seven women's teams appear in the latest coaches' poll, led by the top-ranked Princeton's women's squad and the No. 1-ranked Columbia men's squad. The Tigers have also won the last four Ivy Round-Robins titles on the women's side and have a 25-match winning streak at the Round-Robin.</p><p>Saturday's action gets underway at 11 am with the first of four rounds slated for the day. Rounds 5-7 are scheduled for Sunday beginning at 10 am.</p><p>There are 13 women and 12 men returning for this year's competition that were All-Ivy selections a year ago, making for a strong field. Among that group on the women's side, <strong>Princeton</strong>'s Gracie Stone was unbeaten at the Round-Robins last year and rode that momentum to a third-place finish at the NCAAchampionships in her freshman season. <strong>Columbia</strong>'s Jackie Dubrovich earned first-team honors in foil last season and continued into the NCAA championship where she was the national runner-up.&nbsp;</p><p>On the men's side, Michael Mills earned first-team All-Ivy honors at Round-Robins before going on to win a national title in men's saber. Michael Dudey, the Most Outstanding Performer and Most Outstanding Rookie Performer at last year's Round-Robins, capped off a strong freshman year at <strong>Princeton</strong> with a fifth-place finish in foil.</p><p>And of course, there was a team national title that came out of the Ivy League, as well, as Princeton held off <strong>Notre Dame</strong> for the NCAA combined title last year.</p><p><img alt="" src="" style="width: 50px; height: 50px; margin-left: 15px; margin-right: 15px; float: left;"><strong>BROWN</strong><br>A year ago, the Bears placed fourth on the women's side and sixth on the men's. But this year has been a different story, thus far.</p><p>Following last weekend's Solle Invitational, the Bears are 18-1 on the men's side and 20-1 in women's competition. The men's squad cracked the College Fencing 360 top 10 poll for the first time ever last month, coming in at No. 9 in the first ranking of the season.&nbsp;</p><p>Sophomore Simon Jones went 17-1 in epée to lead the way at the Northeast Fencing Conference meet two weeks ago. Senior Nick Deak went 14-2 in saber, while Barrett Weiss was 12-1 in foil. For the women, senior Kathryn Hawrot, an All-Ivy selection last year, went 15-2 at the NFC meet.&nbsp;</p><p>Brown has never won a men's or women's title at the Round-Robins and hasn't finished higher than third (women's 2008), but this might be their best chance thus far.&nbsp;</p><p><strong><img alt="" src="" style="width: 50px; height: 50px; margin-left: 15px; margin-right: 15px; float: left;">COLUMBIA</strong><br>The Lions earned their first No. 1 ranking this year when the men's College Fencing 360 top-10 poll was released last month. The men's squad IS an impressive 22-1, while the women are an outstanding 17-5 and ranked No. 6 in that initial top 10 poll.&nbsp;</p><p>Jackie Dubrovich returns this season after finishing second nationally in women's foil. So does Will Spear on the men's side, who finished fifth nationally in saber after going 10-2 at Round-Robins, as well as Brian Ro, who was sixth nationally in epée after an All-Ivy performance at Round-Robins.</p><p>On the men's side, two weeks ago at NYU and St. John's, the Lions beat No. 4 Notre Dame twice, No. 6 Ohio State twice and No. 7 St. John's twice while also defeating Harvard. Meanwhile, the women knocked off Harvard, No. 3 Notre Dame twice, and No. 4 Penn State. Time will tell if that momentum carries over and translates into a Round-Robins crown this weekend.</p><p><strong><img alt="" src="" style="width: 50px; height: 50px; margin-left: 15px; margin-right: 15px; float: left;">HARVARD</strong><br>The Harvard men look to defend their crown, while the women look to end Princeton's four-year reign and get back to the top of the mountain. The Crimson's women's team was ranked No. 2 when the initial top 10 came out this year, the program's highest-ever ranking. The men were ranked fifth.</p><p>All five of Harvard's NCAA national qualifiers return on the women's side, led by 2011 national champion Alex Kiefer. Emma Vaggo went 16-2 in epée at Round-Robins last year to earn All-Ivy status.</p><p>For the men, Jerry Chang is among four All-Ivy selections that return from last year. Chang earned his All-Ivy status last season in the final bout of the Round-Robins, defeating brother Jason on the final touch to clinch the Crimson's second title in three years. Chang, Brian Kaneshige and Michael Woo each return after All-Ivy performances in foil last year.</p><p>Two weeks ago at St. John's, the women had five very close matches, defeating No. 3 Notre Dame and No. 4 Penn State, but falling to Columbia, No. 5 Ohio State and No. 10 St. John's. The men scored an upset of No. 2 Penn State, but suffered a couple of narrow defeats, as well.&nbsp;</p><p><strong><img alt="" src="" style="width: 50px; height: 50px; margin-left: 15px; margin-right: 15px; float: left;">PENN</strong><br>Both the men's and women's programs were ranked No. 8 in the first top 10 poll. The men are looking to build on the momentum of a dominating 6-0 weekend at home in the Philadelphia Invitational two weeks ago and a strong performance at the Northwestern Duals last weekend. The women went 4-2, falling only to No. 7 Northwestern and No. 9 Temple, at home in Philadelphia and were impressive at Northwestern.</p><p>Michael Mills, who won the national title in saber and was a first-team All-Ivy honoree last year, returns for the Quakers on the men's side. The Quakers also gained a key transfer in Shaul Gordon, who finished second to Mills last year at the national championship.</p><p>Luona Wang finished fifth at nationals last year after narrowly missing All-Ivy honors.</p><p><strong><img alt="" src="" style="width: 50px; height: 50px; margin-left: 15px; margin-right: 15px; float: left;">PRINCETON</strong><br>The Tigers used a solid Round-Robins performance last year as a springboard to a national team title. Princeton hadn't won a fencing title under the current combined format started in 1990 and not since the men's squad last won in 1964.</p><p>The women's squad was ranked No. 1 and the men No. 3 in the first top 10 poll of this season. The top ranking marked the third-consecutive year the women's squad has been ranked No. 1 at some point in the season. The women's squad is a perfect 21-0 after 13 wins at the Northwestern Duals last weekend. The men are 14-5 after a strong performance at Northwestern.&nbsp;</p><p>Gracie Stone was a perfect 15-0 last year at saber on her way to Most Outstanding Rookie Performer honors. Diamond Wheeler was also All-Ivy in saber with a 13-3 mark. Anna Van Brummen went 15-1 in epée during Round-Robins a year ago to earn her All-Ivy status.</p><p>That will be the core of a group that will look to continue what has become a 25-match winning streak that goes back to the 2009 Round-Robins (when competition was held in two separate weekends at north and south venues).</p><p>On the men's side, Michael Dudey swept the Most Outstanding Performer and Most Outstanding Rookie Performer honors last year, going 14-1 in foil. He went on to finish fifth at nationals.</p><p><strong>NOTES: </strong>Outside of the Ivy League there are a couple meets ongoing. On the men's side, No. 2 <strong>Penn State</strong>, No. 6 <strong>Ohio State</strong> and No. 10 <strong>Stanford</strong> will compete in a tri-meet. On the women's side, No. 3 Notre Dame, No. 5 Ohio State and No. 4 Penn State will compete in a four-team meet with unranked Stanford. Also, No. 9 <strong>Temple </strong>will travel for the Duke Invitational.</p> Columbia and Harvard share Ivy League Championship <p><strong>PROVIDENCE, R.I. </strong>-- In a second-day effort marked by incredible highs and disappointing lows, the men's <strong>Columbia</strong> team earned a share of the 2014 Ivy League Championship on Sunday, its 4-1 record matched that of 2013 champion <strong>Harvard</strong>. Each team earned first place.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Penn</strong> and <strong>Princeton</strong> tied for second with 3-2 each. <strong>Brown </strong>was next with 1-4 and <strong>Yale</strong> came in last at 0-5.&nbsp;</p><p>The Princeton women placed first overall at 6-0. Harvard took second at 5-1. Columbia women finished third, their record at 4-2.</p><p>The title was Princeton's fifth in a row and eighth overall.&nbsp;</p><p><strong style="font-size: 14px;">Penn State, Stanford, Ohio State, Notre Dame</strong></p><p><strong>SOUTH BEND, Ind. </strong>-- Penn State fencing had an outstanding showing this weekend. Both teams had a great turn out and there was great action from many fencers throughout the day. The Penn State men's team overall went undefeated on the day.</p><p>The men beat Ohio State 17-10, Notre Dame 18-9, Wayne State 17-4, Detroit 25-2, and Cleveland 22-2. The Penn State women's team overall went 5-1 for the day and only fell to Notre Dame 13-14. The women beat Ohio State 15-12, Wayne State 23-4, Detroit 27-0, Cleveland 24-0 and Northwestern 16-12.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p>