Messinger, Berman named UAA's fencers of week

Team leaders excel at Northeast Fencing Conference meet

Photos/Jan Volk-Spotspix

From left, Noah Berman '15 in action; center, Berman and Zoe Messinger '13; right, Messigner in action.

Senior Zoe Messinger and sophomore Noah Berman have been selected as University Athletic Association Fencers of the Week for their performances during the week of Jan. 27.

Messinger, a sabre fencer and senior captain, helped the Brandeis women’s fencing team to a 5-2 week. On Jan. 23, she posted two wins in a 20-7 victory over Wellesley College. At the second Northeast Fencing Conference meet of 2012-13, held at Brown University on Jan. 26, she went 11-3 as the Judges defeated Smith and Dartmouth by 21-6 scores, Vassar by a 16-11 mark and Tufts by a 14-13 margin.

Brandeis fell to host Brown, 24-3, and Boston College, 20-7. Overall on the season, Messinger leads the sabre squad with a 45-12 record. As a team, the Brandeis women are 12-6, 9-3 in the conference. They currently are fourth and have completed their schedule. There is one more meet of some of the competing schools.

Berman, a foil fencer, went 8-2 at the Northeast Fencing Conference meet as the Judges rolled to three wins, defeating Tufts, 21-6; Vassar, 23-4; and Dartmouth, 19-8. In the toughest match of the competition, they overcame a 13-10 deficit to defeat Boston College, 14-13. Brandeis also suffered a 20-7 loss to host Brown University.

In the win over BC, with the Judges trailing, 13-10, Berman won the final foil bout of the match by a 5-3 score, allowing the sabre squad to finish off the rally against the Eagles with three more wins. Overall this season, Brandeis is 8-6, 7-3 in the conference. With their portion of the schedule complete, they are in fourth place with one more meet to go. Berman leads the foil squad with a 34-10 record this season.

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