Governor Livingston fencers gave their new Head Fencing Coach, Tony Barbera, an early Christmas present: his first official win during its first regular season meet Thursday night against Millburn.
The girls' team defeated Millburn 17-10, with the clinching bout going to epeeist Jacelyn Greenwald (2-1). Several of the returning girls' team members contributed two victories apiece before stepping aside to make room for newer players to show their stuff; Brittin Boenning and Michelle Drobish (sabre), Vivian Chu and Kara Fan (foil), and Emily Xu (epee) among them. Freshman foil fencer and legacy Allison Yang (sister of Cornell fencer Beverly Yang) chalked up her first career victory.
The Millburn boys' team was recently named Star Ledger's top contender of the year, so the GL boys definitely had an uphill battle ahead of them. The GL boys' team suffered a large loss to graduation last year including but not limited to starting foilist Eric Weng, epeeist David Jennings and the entire starting sabre lineup.
Despite 3-0 starts by co-captain Mark Watson in sabre and sophomore foilist Ben Carlick, the team fell 10-17. Saberist Ian Fan (2-1) also contributed prominently and Jake Tyler put up the only epee victory against a very strong Millburn epee line which included Ricky Eschenbach and Albert Reiss.
Governor Livingston has a fairly young team with a new Head Coach and a lot to prove. Their next opportunity will be against Livingston on December 20th at home.