Men's fencing goes 4-1 at second NFC meet with comeback win over BC

Sophomore foil Noah Berman had a big win in the comeback against BC (Photo by Sportspix/Jan Volk)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- In their second Northeast Fencing Conference meet of the the 2012-13 season, the Brandeis men's fencing team posted a 4-1 record. The Judges rolled to three of their wins, defeating Tufts, 21-6; Vassar, 23-4; and Dartmouth, 19-8. In the toughest match of the competition, they overcame a 13-10 deficit to defeat Boston College, 14-13. Brandeis also suffered a 20-7 loss to host Brown University.

In the win over BC, Brandeis faced a three-point deficit with four bouts remaining. Sophomore  Noah Berman (Palo Alto, Calif./Palo Alto) got the momentum back on the Judges' side with a win in the final foil bout of the match. He handed it off to the saber squad, where sophomores Ben Loft (Basking Ridge, N.J./Ridge), Jess Ochs-Willard (Montclair, N.J./Montclair) and Adam Mandel (White Plains, N.Y./Masters School) won the final three bouts to give Brandeis the victory. 

Overall on the day, Mandel was Brandeis's best fencer, winning nine of his 10 bouts. Junior Julian Cardillo (Medford, Mass./St. Johns Prep), a two-time NCAA qualifier in the foil who made his season debut after spending last fall abroad in Italy, was the team's leader iun wins on the day, going 10-2. Berman also had a fine afternoon for the foilists, going 8-2. 

The Judges finished the day with an 8-6 record overall on the season, 7-3 in the NFC. With their portion of the schedule wrapped up and one more MFC meet to go, Brandeis is in fourth place in the conference, behind Sacred Heart (5-0), Brown (9-1) and MIT (8-2).