FENCERS OF THE WEEK (Jan. 24-30, 2011)


CF360 FENCERS OF THE WEEK ARCHIVE  (2009-11 seasons)


RELEASE: Feb. 1, 2011             CONTACT: Pete LaFleur (editor@collegefencing360.com)
Penn's Evan Prochniak, Duke's Emily D'Agostino Named CF360 National Fencers of the Week
Rookie of the Week Jeremy Goldstein (Penn State) also among six fencers honored as CF360 Primetime Performers.

A pair of sophomores who were NCAA entrants a year ago – Duke women's epeeist 
Emily D'Agostino (Portland, Ore.) and Penn men's sabreist Evan Prochniak (Hudson, N.H.) – have been named national fencers of the week for Jan. 24-30, 2011, as presented by CollegeFencing360.com (CF360). D'Agostino and Prochniak lead the way for the CF360 Primetime Performers of the Week, a group of six honorees that also includes the College Fencing Rookie of the Week: Penn State freshman men's foilist Jeremy Goldstein (Westport, Conn.).

The Primetime Performer designation – awarded regularly on sister sites CollegeSoccer360com and CollegeBaseball360.com, in addition to being a lead feature on the soon-to-be-launched CollegeSports360.com hub site – seeks to recognize achievement based primarily on situational factors, and not solely on raw stats. Selection for the CF360 weekly awards are based on any/all of the following "primetime" criteria:

• In general, preference is given based on the quality of the opponent and situational factors involved in the fencer's accomplishments.
• Exhibited strong leadership and/or involved in clutch performances, such as match-winning bouts, noteworthy upsets, etc.
• Overcame adversity or extreme circumstances (for the team and/or individual).
• Bonus consideration is given for key performances away from team's home facility.

The three fencers who round out this week's installment of College Fencing Primetime Performers include: Duke senior men's foilist
Dorian Cohen (Brooklyn, N.Y.), Penn State sophomore women's epeeist Marg Guzzi (Milan, Italy), and Temple junior women's sabreist Kamali Thompson (Teaneck, N.J.).

The six Primetime Performers include two men's sabreists and a pair of women's epeeists, along with a men's foilist and women's sabreist. The six – one junior, four sophomores and a freshman – hail from six different home states/foreign countries: Connecticut, Italy, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Oregon.

Capsule tributes for all six fencers follow below (with action photos included, as available – some may be added later; headshots of all six in right sidebar). Thanks as always to the respective schools for providing the various photos.

College Fencing Primetime Performers of the Week
(Jan. 24-30, 2011 ... presented by CollegeFencing360.com)

Dorian Cohen  (men's foil ... Duke ... Sr. ... Brooklyn, NY)
*Emily D'Agostino  (women's epee ... Duke ... So. ... Portland, OR)
*Jeremy Goldstein  (men's foil ... Penn State ... Fr. ... Westport, CT)
Marg Guzzi  (women's epee ... Penn State ... So. ... Milan, Italy)
*Evan Prochniak  (men's sabre ... Penn ... So. ... Hudson, NH)
Kamali Thompson  (women's sabre ... Vassar ... Jr. ... Teaneck, NJ)
* D'Agostino and Prochniak are the CF360 National Fencers of the Week, while Goldstein is the College Fencing Rookie of the Week.

CF360 National College Fencers of the Week

Emily D'Agostino A250

Women's Epee ... Duke
So. ... Portland, Oregon

Came a couple touches shy of sweeping her 15 bouts (14-1), while taking on several top opponents in dual-meet action at Penn State  ... posted 5-2 win over Penn State's Marg Guzzi, the 2010 NCAA champion ... swept her three bouts vs. four teams (#2 Penn State, #8 Penn, North Carolina and Drew), while going 2-1 vs. #9 Temple ... outscored her opponents 72-42, allowing only 0-3 touches in 10 of her 14 wins ... her sweep of PSU – also 5-3 vs. Kyra Swick and Alyssa Vongries – helped Duke hang with the defending champs, in 12-15 loss ... knocked off a solid trio from Penn (9-18 team loss), with one-touch win over top newcomer Gabby Foor (who handed Guzzi her only other loss of the day), while adding 5-1 victory over Amrit Bhinder (a 2010 second team all-Ivy League performer) and claiming 5-3 bout vs. All-American Stephanie Wheeler (9th at '09 NCAAs; 17th in '10) ... had two key 5-4 wins in 16-11 upset of Temple, vs. Chantal Montrose and two-time NCAA entrant Grace Wu (19th at '08 NCAAs; 20th in '09), while losing 2-5 vs. Nicola Horscroft ... earned 2010 All-America honors, after placing 12th at the NCAAs (she was 6th at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic/South Regional).   

Evan Prochniak A250

Men's Sabre ... Penn
So. ... Hudson, New Hampshire

Continued his impressive young career by winning all 10 of her bouts, in dual-meet action at Penn State ... swept the top opposing teams at the event (#4 Penn State, #9 Duke and North Carolina), adding a win over Johns Hopkins ... nearly doubled up his opponents with a 50-27 scoring edge, allowing 2.7 touches per bout (a solid number in sabre) ... helped Quakers contend with the defending champs Penn State, with 5-4 win over 2009 NCAA sabre champion Alexander Ochocki ('10 semifinalist), 5-2 bout vs. top newcomer Adrian Bak and 5-3 result vs. veteran Bobby Thompson ... played lead role in 18-9 win over Duke, with 5-4 wins over Anthony Lin (2010 NCAA entrant) and Nick Carothers, plus shutout win over Charles Keilin ... other top bouts included 5-3 win over UNC two-time NCAA participant Kevin Ziechmann ... earned 2010 All-America honors, after placing 11th at the NCAAs.

College Fencing Rookies of the Week (CF360)
(action photo of Goldstein currently not available; will be added later, when received)
Men's Foil ... Penn State
Fr. ... Westport, Connecticut

Answered the call at home dual meet, going 12-3 to help overcome the absence of All-Americans Miles Chamley-Watson (two-time NCAA semifinalist) and David Willette ('10 NCAA runner-up), who were competing at a World Cup in Paris ... dominated his opponents with a 73-29 point margin, allowing only 1.9 touches per bout (two of his losses were 4-5 and two were vs. 2010 NCAA entrants) ... limited opposing fencer to 0-2 touches in 10 of his 12 wins ...  went 2-1 in 16-11 win over in-state rival Penn (#7), highlighted by 5-2 win over 2009 NCAA entrant Zane Grodman, also 5-3 vs. R. J. Shipp, with 4-5 loss vs. All-American Vidur Kapur (15th at '09 NCAAs; 9th in '10) ... dropped 2-5 bout vs. Duke's top foilist Tristan Jones (2010 NCAA entrant), also losing narrow decision vs. Andrew Hsu (4-5) but winning by same score vs. Matthew Budofsky ... faced yet another fencer with NCAA Tournament experience in team's 18-9 win over North Carolina, besting Kevin Nadeau 5-2 (added two shutouts in his sweep of the Tar Heels) ... also swept the foilists from Johns Hopkins and Drew.

Other CF360 Primetime Performers of the Week

Dorian Cohen action

Men's Foil ... Duke
Sr. ... Brooklyn, New York

Played lead role in 4-1 showing for the #9 Blue Devils in dual-meet action at Penn State, with his 13-2 record including 2-1 marks vs. #4 Penn State (16-11 upset win) and #7 Penn (9-18), plus 3-0 sweep of North Carolina (19-8) ... outscored his opponents 67-34, allowing only 2.3 touches per bout ... helped knock off the defending champs PSU with 5-1 win over Daniel Gomez and 5-2 bout vs. top newcomer Daniel Goldstein (lost 0-5 vs. Michael El-Saleh, who went 11-1 during the day) ... had strong win vs. Penn 2009 NCAA entrant Zane Grodman (5-3), also topping R.J. Shipp (5-3) while losing a 2-5 bout vs. All-American Vidur Kapur (15th at '09 NCAAs; 9th in '10) ... his sweep of UNC included a 5-4 win over 2010 NCAA entrant Kevin Nadeau ... earned spot in 2010 NCAA Championships.  

Marg Guzzi A250

Women's Epee ... Penn State
So. ... Milan, Italy

Defending NCAA epee champion who pushed her 2010-11 dual-meet record to 42-4, after 11-2 record at home event (one week after impressive 15-0 showing at the St. John's Super Cup) ... racked up an impressive 62-23 scoring margin in the home confines, allowing only 1.8 points per bout ... did not allow more than three touches in any of her 11 wins (two shutouts; seven 5-1 decisions) ... registered pair of key 5-1 wins in 16-11 victory over #8 Penn. vs. All-American Stephanie Wheeler (9th at '09 NCAAs; 17th in '10) and Amrit Bhinder (2nd team all-Ivy League in 2010) ... her sweep vs. #9 Temple nearly lifted PSU to victory (13-14), with her bouts including 5-0 vs. Alyssa Lombardi, 5-1 vs. Chantal Montrose and 5-3 vs. two-time NCAA entrant Grace Wu (19th at '08 NCAAs; 20th in '09) ... played similar key role in narrow win over Duke (15-12), besting Lauren DeLucia (5-1) and Mary Tung (5-3) while losing 2-5 vs. national fencer of the week Emily D'Agostino ... added 3-0 sweep vs. North Carolina (25-2) and won her only bout vs. Drew.

Kamali Thompson A250

Women's Sabre ... Temple
Jr. ... Teaneck, New Jersey

Emerging leader of #9 Temple squad that had impressive showing in dual meets at Penn State, wither her 9-1 record including sweep in 14-13 upset of the #2-ranked host team PSU ... also went 3-0 in 17-10 upset of #8 Pennsylvania, plus 2-1 in 11-16 match vs. Duke (lone loss came vs. Olympic bronze medalist Becca Ward) and 1-0 in team's win over North Carolina ... compiled a 46-21 point edge in her 10 bouts, allowing only 2.1 points per bout (a solid avg. in sabre) ... has a strong chance to earn 2011 All-America honors (NCAA top-12), after placing 16th at the 2009 NCAAs and 14th in '09 ... her sweep of Penn State included 5-1 win vs. All-American Monica Aksamit (5th at '09 NCAAs), a 5-3 victory over 2010 NCAA entrant Olivia Benedek (who handed Ward her only loss during the day) and a 5-4 battle vs. top newcomer Nicole Glon ... had a similarly impressive sweep of Penn, highlighted by wins over a pair of All-Americans: 5-3 vs. Dominika Franciskowicz (9th at '09 NCAAs; 12th in '10) and 5-2 vs. Danielle Kamis 90th in '08, 14th in '09, 20th in '10) ... added a 5-0 win over Penn's Alexandra Kozyra, along with wins over Duke's Sean Cadley (5-2) and Maia Hutt (5-1) ... won her only bout in team's 18-9 victory over North Carolina ... her lone loss of the day came 1-5 vs. Ward, the 2009 NCAA champion and '09 runner-up (Ward is 153-5 in three seasons of collegiate dual meets, also sweeping to a pair of NCAA regional titles and going 47-3 in her two NCAA Championship appearances).