No. 5 Harvard Men’s Fencing Hosts Ninth-Annual Beanpot

Mageras was selected to the All-Ancient Eight first team after a strong performance at the Ivy League Championships (Gil Talbot).   

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard fencing hosts the ninth-annual Beanpot at the Malkin Athletic Center Wednesday, Feb. 10. This will be the second time that the Crimson will be hosting the event against Boston College, Brandeis and MIT, which will be broadcast on the Ivy League Digital Network starting at 6 p.m.

Social Stream
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About the Ivy League Digital Network
The Ivy League Digital Network returns for a third season as the home for all live streaming and on-demand video content for each of the conference's eight institutions. Broadcast in full HD and featuring a live score bug and play-by-play and color commentary, the Ivy League Digital Network provides fans with unprecedented access to the Ancient Eight. 

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About the Beanpot

The fencing Beanpot has been played since 2008 and Harvard has claimed the title in all eight years. Bill Spaulding and Chris Boscherini will be commentating the event on the Ivy League Digital Network.


Wednesday, Feb. 10      Strips 1-5 Strips 6-10
6:00 p.m.
7:15 p.m.
8:15 p.m.
Harvard vs. Brandeis
Harvard vs. MIT
Harvard vs. Boston College      
MIT vs. Boston College
Brandeis vs. Boston College
Brandeis vs. MIT

The Beanpot Series
Harvard leads the series against all Beanpot opponents, with its longest win streak against Boston College, securing 17 victories since the start of its bouts in 1993.

School Record Last Played Score Streak
vs. Boston College     
vs. Brandeis
vs. MIT 
17-0, Harvard leads
49-11, Harvard leads
95-18-1, Harvard leads     
Feb. 11, 2015      
Feb. 11, 2015
Feb. 11, 2015 
W, 19-8     
W, 18-9
W, 18-9 

Last Time Out

Harvard competed in the Ivy League Championships where it placed fourth as a team with a 2-3 record on the weekend. Stephen Mageras and Jerry Chang were named to the All-Ivy first team while Alexander Ryjik, Michael Woo and Nicolas Simko received second team accolades. Mageras led all saber fencers with a 12-3 mark, as Chang finished behind him with an 11-3 record. 

In the Ranks
*as of Jan. 29, 2016

  1. Columbia
  2. Notre Dame
  3. Pennsylvania
  4. Penn State
  5. Harvard
  6. St. John's
  7. Ohio State
  8. Princeton
  9. Duke
  10. Stanford
Date Rank
Jan. 15
Jan. 29 
No. 4
No. 5 

Related Link: Fencing Coaches Poll

By the Numbers
Eight fencers sport a record above .500, with three winning 20-or-more bouts. The team has combined to win 167 individual matches, putting its winning percentage at .630.

Fencer Weapon      Record       Winning %
Artidoro Pagnoni
Stephen Mageras      
Jerry Chang
Duncan O'Brien
Alexander Ryjik
Michael Woo
Nicolas Simko
Peregrine Badger 


Leading the Way
Head coach Peter Brand is in his 17th season at the helm for the Crimson, which has posted a winning record in the last 14 seasons under his watch. Harvard has won eight Ivy League Championships during his tenure, while also winning the 2006 National Championship. Brand owns a 175-78 mark on the men's side and has coached a combined 47 All-Americans at Harvard.  

Last Season
Harvard went 13-5-1 during the 2014-15 season, finishing seventh as a team at the NCAA Championships. Harvard returns six letterwinners from last year's squad: Sabre fencers Aliya Itzkowitz, Adrienne Jarocki, foil fencers Mackenzie Lawrence, Hali NelsonLiana YaminHellary Zhang.  

Fresh Faces
Harvard added one freshman in Albert Chien, who fences epee. 

Aye Aye, Captain
Duncan O'Brien '16 and Michael Woo '16, were named the captains for the 2015-16 campaign. O'Brien enters his second year as captain. 

Coming Up
Harvard continues its 2016 season at the NCAA Northeast Regional, hosted by Vassar at the Walker Field House, Sunday, March 13. The top fencers at the event will have the opportunity to compete at the NCAA Championships.