Sports Shorts: Huge Weekend for Fencing and Men's Track

At Boston College, it seems as if hockey and basketball reign supreme during the dark, cold days of winter. Students often forget about the sports that hockey and basketball seem to cast a shadow over. Despite their varying success in recent weeks, sports such as men’s indoor track, women’s ice hockey, and even fencing slip under the radar amidst talk of the Beanpot. For now, let’s shine the spotlight on a few teams in need of a little recognition.

This past weekend, BC men’s track and field squad competed at the Battle of Beantown meet at Harvard University. Finishing fifth at the event, the men’s squad earned 38 overall team points, with sophomore Mitchell McGinty recording a first place finish in the high jump while junior Tom Ferris finished in first in the 800 meter event.

Two different relay squads competed, each meeting New England Intercollegiate Amateur Athletic Association (NEICAAA) standards. The group competing in the 4 x 880 relay, however, lead by Patrick Daly, Tom Hennessy, Robert Somary and Timothy Ferris, met Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes of America (IC4A) standards while finishing second overall. The IC4A meet, held in March, features the best squads throughout the Northeast, making this squad’s performance all the more impressive.

The 4 x 800 relay team will not travel alone to the IC4A meet. Senior Anthony Bellitti’s time of 8:22 in the 3000m punched Belliti a ticket to the IC4A meet, making him the fifth Eagle scheduled to race in March’s highly anticipated meet.

In other action, the BC women’s hockey team recorded their 17th win of the season against UNH this past Saturday. Too often forgotten in place of their men’s counterpart, the women’s team has enjoyed success comparable to that of the men’s team, climbing through the national ranks week after week.

Nearly two months have passed since the girls' last loss, a 2-0 defeat versus Cornell in November. Since then, the team averaged just over three points a game over the course of eight games. On top of this, the U.S. Women’s Hockey Team named three Eagles to their roster for the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi. Sophomore forward Alex Carpenter joins BC alumni Molly Schaus and Kelli Stack on Team USA’s goal for gold this upcoming February.

Photo courtesy of Emily Akin / Gavel Media.

Photo courtesy of Emily Akin / Gavel Media.

Fencing made news this past weekend, hosting their first fencing meet of the year in Conte Forum. For the women’s "Epee" events, fencers Renee Bichette, Cara Hall, and Olivia Adragna combined for an impressive 46-8 record, while Jackie Bae and Marney Krupat made headlines for their success in the "sabre" events.

The men’s team played up to Coach Syd Fadner’s highest expectations. Fencers Han Min Lee, Peter Wetzel, and Marcus Chan highlighted the extraordinary effort displayed throughout the foil and epee events of the meet. Fencing reconvenes at Brandeis on Feb. 1 for the Eric Sollee Invitational.

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