The Drew University men’s and women’s fencing teams competed at the Drew Holiday Forum on Tuesday, Nov. 26. Both teams closed out the fall portion of the season with convincing victories. The Rangers’ collective effort earned coach Vincent Paragano victory number 300 in dual meets over the course of just four full seasons.
On the men’s side, the Rangers emerged victorious against the University of Florida, Clemson University, Hunter College and Yeshiva University and improved their record to an impressive 36-5. The epee squad was led by Josh Ryan (’20) with a 17-4 record, while Drew Laun (’22) topped the foil squad with a 10-2 record, and the saber squad was led by Eric Dreitlein (’22) with a 13-5 record. On the women’s side, the Rangers earned victories against the University of Florida, Denison University, Hunter College, Army, Long Island University, Yeshiva University and Wagner College. The saber squad, led by Kayla Odgen (’21) and Emily Huber (’21), showed their dominance, winning 80 percent (14-2) of the bouts on the day. Meanwhile, the foil squad was led by Lydia Segal (’20), and the epee squad was led by Sophia McGee (’23).
After a short break, the Rangers returned to competition to begin the spring portion of their season at the Army Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 18. The men’s team, with a magnificent 7-1 record, earned its first gold medal team victory, with wins against the Royal Military College of Canada and Division I foes Cleveland State University, University of Detroit Mercy, Hunter College, Army and Navy. Saber fencer Luca Rampazzo (’21) was named Outstanding Player of the Tournament after notching a 14-3 record. The women’s team’s 6-1 performance earned them some hardware of their own with silver honors. Segal was named Outstanding Player of the Tournament after her flawless 16-0 victory.
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The Rangers were back in action the very next day, with the men splitting its roster to compete in the Vassar Senior Day Invitational as well as the Philadelphia Invite. The men at Vassar registered a 3-2 record, with victories against Detroit Mercy and Cleveland State. The Rangers at the Philadelphia Invite faced tough opponents in the 2018 NCAA Champions University of Notre Dame, Brandeis University, University of Pennsylvania, Wayne State University and Yale University and unfortunately emerged without a victory. The match against Notre Dame proved to be historic, as it marked the first ever bout between the Rangers and the Fighting Irish. This moment was made even sweeter, owing to a nail-biting 5-4 victory by Rampazzo. The Ranger women, who competed at the Philadelphia Invite, registered a 17-10 victory against Division I opponents Wayne State.
Drew is set to be back in action this weekend on Saturday, Jan. 25, as both teams travel to Boston College to compete at the invitation of the Northeast Fencing Conference.