N.Y.U. swordsmen demonstrated the superiority of New York fencing Saturday as they clobbered the Crimson varsity, 18-9.
With two nationally-ranked foil fencers, Mike Gaylor and Howie Harmatz, N.Y.U. won eight of the nine foil bouts. Harvard sophomore Chuck Lovell won the last bout, 5-1, from Gaylor's substitute.
Sophomores Harry Jergesen and Steve Shea each won two bouts in epee, but the N.Y.U. epee men squeezed passed the Crimson anyway, 5-4. Coach Edo Marion said the two sophomores will be the mainstays of the epee team this season. Last year, two of Harvard's four fencing losses were blamed on an inadequate epee team.
The N.Y.U. sabre men also won by only one point. Senior Al Makaitis took two bouts for Harvard, while Bob Damus and Paul Profeta won one each. Despite the N.Y.U. victory, Marion said the Crimson sabre team fenced better than the New Yorkers.
After last year's 14-13 loss to N.Y.U. Harvard was expecting another close match. But Captain Rick Kolombatovich said that N.Y.U. was "better than we realized, probably the best team in the country."
Harvard faces two traditionally weak foes this week, Brandeis on Wednesday and Southeast Massachusetts Technical Institute on Saturday.