The Brandeis University men's fencing team went 5-0 at the second Northeast Fencing Conference tournament on Saturday at Brown University. The Judges clinched at least a share of the NFC title, as they finished the season with a 9-1 record.
Brandeis swept Brown (14-13), Vassar (18-9), Boston College (18-9), Tufts (24-3) and Dartmouth (20-7). The tightest match of the weekend was the opener against host Brown. The sabre squad won, 6-3, offsetting 5-4 defeats in foil and epee. The match itself was tied at 13-13 when rookie epeeist Hunter Stusnick (New Vernon, N.J./Chatham)earned a 5-2 victory for the win. In round two, foil (8-1) and sabre (7-2) helped the Judges clinch victory over Vassar, while the Judges swept all three weapons against BC, Tufts and Dartmouth.
The top individual performers for the Judges at the meet were rookie sabre fencer Kyle Berney (Shreveport, La./Caddo Magnet School), who was 10-3; senior foilNoah Berman (Palo Alto, Calif./Palo Alto), who was 8-1; and rookie foil Guillermo Narvaez (Metepec, Mexico / Technologico de Monterrey), who was 8-2.
The share of the NFC title is Brandeis's first since 2009. The Judges will win the crown outright if 4-1 Sacred Heart suffers another loss at the final meet next weekend.