CAMBRIDGE, Mass.- The Harvard men's fencing team jumps back into competition for the first event of the new year, traveling to Queens, N.Y. for the St. John's Invitational. Beginning at 10 a.m. the Crimson will face competitors from Penn State, Columbia, Notre Dame, Ohio State and host St. John's.
Hoping to repeat as champions, the Crimson opens up the day against Penn State and looks to continue its success against the Nittany Lions. The last time the two teams squared up, Harvard won out after a close 15-12 battle at the Sacred Heart Invitational earlier this season. Following the match the men move to face their first Ancient Opponent against Columbia before taking on Notre Dame, Ohio State and St. John's.
What to Know
- The Crimson swept the field in last year's performance at the St. John's Invitational.
- Leading the way in foil, junior Matt Branman boasts a 7-0 record with a +27 touch differential, while senior Albert Chien tabs an 11-4 record against his opponents in epee.
- Senior Eli Dershwitz and two-time NCAA Sabre Champion ranks #1 in the world in his respective class.
The men look to their first and final home competition, hosting NYU on Feb. 2. Beginning at noon, the bout will broadcast on ESPN+.