November 22, 2011

Fencers claim UAA Athlete of the Week honors after NFC opener

WALTHAM, Mass. -- For their performances at the opening Northeast Fencing Conference meet of the season, a trio of Brandeis University fencers have been selected as University Athletic Association Athletes of the Week for Nov. 20. Junior foil fencer Vikki Nunley of Glen Gardner, N.J., and rookie Adam Mandel of White Plains, N.Y., were honored for the second time in 2011-12, while sophomore foil Julian Cardillo of Medford, Mass., was recognized for the first time this season.

Nunley led the Brandeis women to a 4-2 record at the meet by going 16-1 overall. She went 3-0 in wins over Boston University (21-6), New Hampshire (19-8) and Wellesley (15-12) and in a loss to MIT (9-18). Nunley was also 2-0 against Massachusetts (19-8) and 2-1 against Sacred Heart (9-18). 

Mandel and Cardillo led the Brandeis men to a 4-1 record at the University of New Hampshire. The Judges defeated Boston U, 26-1, Massachusetts, 23-4, New Hampshire, 20-7, and MIT, 14-13, with a 19-8 loss to Sacred Heart. Mandel posted an 11-0 record, while Cardillo was 14-1.

Brandeis is next in action on Saturday, Dec. 4, when they host the first of two home meets of the season, the Brandeis Invitational. The Judges will take on top-level teams from Brown, Cornell, St. John's and Yale beginning at 9 a.m.

Nunley is a 2009 graduate of Voorhees High School. She is the daughter of William and Rosalia Nunley, Glen Gardner, N.Y.

Cardillo is a 2010 graduate of St. Johns Prep School. He is the son of Antonio and Lucia Cardillo, Medford, Mass.

Mandel is a 2011 graduate of The Masters School, Dobbs Ferry, N.Y. He is the son of Drs. Eric and Karen Mandel, White Plains, N.Y.