En garde! Slashing and thrusting their way to a 12-8 finish last season, the Violets—yes, that’s their team name—had a strong roster returning this year, featuring All-American Sam Roukas (who was honored as the University Athletic Association’s Men’s Fencing Athlete of the Week of December 15) under the direction of Steve Mormando, who is in his 22nd season as head coach. The team will host the annual NYU Fencing Invitational, a competition that will include nationally recognized programs from around the country, including Ohio State University, the University of Notre Dame, Yale University, and Wayne State University. Last season, the Violets defeated both Wayne State and Yale at the event. Admission is free, which makes it a palpable hit with us. Matches start at 8 a.m., but you can call the Coles Center for specific match times.

Sun., Jan. 25, 8 a.m., 2009