The Drew University men’s and women’s fencing teams competed in the Vassar Collegiate Invitational on Sunday, Nov. 12. The men’s team opened their 2018-19 season with a 6-7 record. The top performers in foil were William Badrigian (’22) with a 9-7 record, Henry Engel (’22) with an 8-7 record, Matthew Skinner (’22) with a 6-0 record, and DJ Murphy (’22) with a 5-1 record. The top performers in epee were Josh Ryan (’20) with a 12-8 record, Joe Storey (’22) with a 11-7 record, and Topher Infinito (’22) with a 10-10 record, and the top performers in saber included Ryan Baldi (’21) with a record of 14-6, and team captain Nathan Milgram (’21), with a record of 12-7. About the Rangers’ performance, coach Vincent Paragano remarked, “some pretty talented, yet untested, freshmen got very valuable experience on-strip in live competition,” and now has a good picture of what the team needs to work on in practice.
On the women’s side, the Rangers asserted their dominance with a 5-2 match record, with victories against Division I opponents University of the Incarnate Word, Fairleigh Dickinson University and Long Island University Post, along with NIWFA rivals Yeshiva University and Army. The saber squad was led by Emily Huber (’21), with a record of 11-3, who secured her 100th collegiate victory, as well as Kayla Odgen (’21) with a record of 11-4. A proud coach Paragano praised Huber’s achievements. “Considering that she had a torn rotator all of last season and had to switch from left-handed to right-handed and then had surgery and then switched back to left-handed, her results have been amazing,”said Paragano. The women’s foil squad was led by Caitlin Kotz (’19), adding several more victories to her already impressive 300 collegiate victory record, with a score of 13-3. Kotz was accompanied by Lydia Segal (’20), with a 11-5 record, and Lauren Rusk (’22), with a 5-2 record. The epee squad was led by Erin Heller (’20), who also momentously secured her 100th collegiate win.
The Rangers are set to return to action on Saturday, Nov. 17, competing in the Matt Lampell Invitational, where the women look to defend their 2017 Lampell Open Championship.