CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 5 Harvard men's fencing team looks to continue its streak of excellent play, traveling to Brandeis to compete in the Beanpot on Wednesday, February 11. The event will start at 5 p.m.
Last Time Out
For the ninth time in program history, and third in as many years, the Harvard men's fencing team earned an Ivy League Championship. The team shares the honor with Columbia for the second-straight year.
Jerry Chang recorded the final point for the Crimson in a 14-13 win over Princeton to give Harvard the title. With the match tied at 13-13, Chang defeated Princeton's Thomas Dudley, 5-3, in a bout where he scored the final two touches.
Freshman Eli Dershwitz ended the Ivy League Round Robins at 15-0, and was the only men's fencer in any division to go unbeaten. Alexander Eldeib tied for the top mark among epee fencers, finishing with an 11-4 record. In the foil group, Chang posted the second-best mark, ending the competition at 13-2.
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By The Numbers
Eight student-athletes sport a record above .500, with six winning more than 16 bouts. The team has combined to win 230 individual matches.
Behind the Crimson
Four Harvard student-athletes earned recognition on the All-Ivy League first and second teams. Eli Dershwitz, Jerry Chang and Alexander Eldeib were each placed on the first team, while Duncan O’Brien was honored on the second team.
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Freshman sabre fencer Eli Dershwitz was named the ECAC Fencer of the Week on December 11, 2014 after opening his collegiate career with a 12-0 start at the Tradition Tournament. He toppled opponents from Penn State, Vassar, NYU and Sacred Heart at the event.
About the Beanpot
Harvard will face off against Brandeis, MIT, and Boston College, and has won every Beanpot since 2008. Last year the Crimson won the event after posting wins over the Eagles (26-1), Engineers (20-7) and Judges (17-10).
Leading the Way
Head coach Peter Brand is in his 16th season at the helm for the Crimson, posting a winning record in each of the last 13 seasons under his watch. Harvard has won seven Ivy League Championships, including in 2015, during his tenure, while also winning the 2006 National Championship. Brand owns a 173-76 record on the men's side and has coached a combined 47 All-Americans at Harvard.
Harvard has added two freshmen to the 2014-15 roster in sabre fencers Eli Dershwitz and Eric Zhao. Dershwitz has been dominant on the international circuit, winning gold at the Junior World Cup in Budapest earlier this year and in Sosnowiec in 2013. Zhao has fenced internationally as well, competing in Poland in 2013 and placing sixth at the Cadet North American Cup in 2011.
Aye Aye, Captain
Brian Kaneshige '15 and Duncan O'Brien '16 were named the captains for the 2014-15 campaign, marking the 19th time in program history that the Crimson has had two captains. Both enter their first year as team captains.
Harvard went 12-6 during the 2013-14 season, finishing fifth as a team at the NCAA Championships. Returners Brian Kaneshige and Michael Woo, in addition to departed seniors Michael Raynis and Eric Arzoian earned All-America status last year, while junior Jerry Chang earned first team All-Ivy recognition.
Harvard returned seven letterwinners from last year's squad: Sabre Duncan O'Brien; foil fencers Chang, Kaneshige, Stephen Mageras, and Woo; and epeeists in Alexander Eldeib and Nicolas Simko.
Harvard competes next at the NCAA Northeast Regional on March 8 in New York City.