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    Fencing Club Team Trounces Competition

    At the Mission Fencing Center in Rocky Point, NY, the Stony Brook Men’s Fencing Club team came up big on Jan. 21, winning against NJIT and Hunter College. They came up short against West Point, the current national club fencing champions.
    Fencing meets consist of 9 five-touch bouts in each of the three weapons: foil, epee, and saber. The team that wins the most bouts is the winner of the competition.
    Stony Brook’s first opponent of the day was West Point. Through the first two rounds of weapons, it was neck-and-neck. However, West Point broke it open in the third round, in foil fencing, and won the meet 16-11.
    About the loss, team captain Chris Lonardo said, ‘The circumstances were not in our favor,’ and added, ‘It’s move-in day at Stony Brook. Most of our team has not been able to train over Winter Break. We’re missing Will James, a key member of our epee squad. Army got the jump on us, and we narrowly lost a lot of bouts. Everyone realizes that it’s going to be a battle for the national title when we meet in Indiana in April. We commend West Point on their victory and sportsmanship, and look forward to another close meet.’
    NJIT, now an NCAA Division I team, was crushed by a score of 25-2. Stony Brook earned a 9-0 shutout in the saber round, and was gifted one in the foil round, which NJIT was forced to forfeit due to transportation issues.
    Hunter College, competing at the Division III level, was beaten 18-9 by Stony Brook, in a rematch of a meet in December, in which SBU won 22-5.
    The team’s next meet is in Charlottesville, Virginia for the South Atlantic Conference Championships, on Feb. 3 and Feb 4.

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