On Saturday, Nov. 20, the Judges took part in the Northeast Fencing Conference, for the first conference meet of the 2021 season. The team finished with 9-3 overall. The women went 5-2, while the men were 4-1. The men’s epee squad had the best performance with 4-0, while the other two men’s squads went 3-1. All three women’s squads went 5-2.
The Judges first competed against Boston University. The women won 22-5, while the men took the lead with a score of 23-4. In their second matches, the men won by forfeit over Tufts. The women lost 10-17. Both the men and the women won against the team from the University of Massachusetts with scores of 23-4 and 20-7 respectively.
Their fourth match was against Sacred Heart University: the women won 21-6 while the men led 15-12. The women then won against Smith University with a score of 21-6, and lost to Wellesley College, also 6-21. The final matches of the day were against the University of New Hampshire, where the women won 27-0, while the men won 25-2.
Individually, the top performers on the men’s team were Tony Escueta ’25 who ended with a score of 7-1 and Drew Miller ’23 with a score of 7-0. They compete in saber and foil respectively. In men’s epee, Tal Kronrod ’24 had a score of 5-0. On the women’s side, Maggie Shealy ’23, saber, had a score of 16-2, while foil Alex McKee ’25 had a score of 12-3. In epee, the best performer was Calla Lee ’25 with a score of 13-7.
Following the wins, Shealy and Kronrod were named the University Athletic Association Fencers of the Week for their performances during the week that ended on Nov. 21. This was the third week in a row that Shealy was named UAA Fencer of the Week, and the sixth time in her career. This was Kronrod’s first UAA Fencer of the Week honor.
The Judges return to action on Sunday, Dec. 5 at 9 a.m. for the Brandeis Invitational. They will be competing against Yale University, St. John’s University, Cornell University, Brown University, MIT and Incarnate Word.