Mattos leads Brandeis fencers to Division III tournament

Mattos leads Brandeis fencers to Division III tournament

WALTHAM, Mass. - Led by Cumberland resident Caroline Mattos, the Brandeis University Judges fencing team had three team members qualify for the Division III NCAA national tournament this month.

The Judges had three outstanding performances at the NCAA Northeast Regional at Wellesley College on Sunday that will give them two returnees and one newcomer to nationals. Brandeis will have the most Division III fencers at the meet, with NYU and MIT each qualifying two student-athletes.

Leading the way was sophomore Mattos in the women's foil. Seeded 12th, Mattos was one touch short of earning the bronze medal at the regional meet, finishing in fourth place with a 7-4 record and plus-10 touch differential in the final round.

She turned in wins over fencers from St. John's, Cornell, Yale and Brown in the final 12 to earn her spot at nationals.

Mattos, who was 63-14 in dual matches this season, is making her second trip to the NCAA championships.

She will be looking to improve on her 23rd-place finish from last year and is the first Brandeis woman to make a return trip to nationals since Caitlin Kozel '08 did so in 2007 and 2008.

Also returning to the NCAAs for the second year in a row is junior Adam Mandel of White Plains, N.Y., a men's sabre fencer, and Noah Berman of Palo Alto, Calif., a men's foil fencer.