Team champions are determined by counting total team victories in Conference meets. There are no tie-breakers; ties (shared titles) are possible.
We recognize men's team champions, women's team champions (George H. Fischer Trophy), and combined team champions (Sollee-Lilien Trophy).
Fencers of the Year
Given to the top male and female fencers in the conference.
All-star rankings are used to select fencers of the year. The all-star who has the greatest victory percentage across all weapons in a gender is used to select the fencer of the year. In the case of ties, there are no tie-breakers defined; ties are possible.
Rookies of the Year
Given to the top male and female fencers in the conference who are freshmen at the conclusion of the season.
All-star rankings are used to select rookies of the year. The all-star rookie who has the greatest victory percentage across all weapons in a gender is used to select the fencer of the year. In the case of ties, there are no tie-breakers defined; ties are possible.
This award was first given in 2015.
We recognize sustained achievement by individuals by bestowing First Team (top 3 performers) and Second Team (next 3 top performers) in each weapon.
Once the bouts fenced threshold* is met, the victory percentage (greater value prevails) is used to determine all-star ranking . In the case of ties, indicators (touches scored – touches received; greater difference prevails) are used. Further tie breakers are undefined.
*Bouts fenced threshold: To be eligible, a fencer must fence in a minimum of 2/3 of the scheduled bouts in the season. This threshold is common to all of the conference's individual accolades.
Elliot Lilien Award
Named after Northeast Fencing Conference founder, former Commissioner, and USA Fencing Hall of Fame - nominated coach Elliot Lilien. This award is given to that fencer in the conference who shows exemplary sportsmanship and an excellent parry system.
To be eligible, a fencer meet the bouts fenced threshold that is also applied to all-star eligibility.
The winner is selected by voting at the coaches and captains at the annual meeting.
Named after Elif and Jason Sachs, former coaches at Tufts University. Given to the fencer "with the best record who started fencing in College." [from the award inscription]
To be eligible, a must not have had any experience in fencing prior to fencing in college.
All-star rankings are used to select the Sachs award winner. The eligible fencer who has the greatest victory percentage across all weapons and genders is selected. In the case of ties, there are no tie-breakers defined; ties are possible.
Coaching Staffs of the Year
Given for men's team and women's team coaching staffs.
The winner is selected by voting at the coaches and team captains at the annual meeting.
Prior to 2016, this award was the "Coach of the Year," and recognized the head coach of the team, or the entire team in the cases where the team did not have a coach. Starting in 2016, this award name was changed to reflect the contribution of the entire coaching staff, and the award was given in the school's name.
Academic All-Conference Awards
This award recognizes individual and team academic excellence achieved by conference fencers. This award will be given for the first time in 2021 for the 2020-2021 season.
Criteria for individual recognition:
A fencer must have a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher (on a 4.0 scale). The GPA must:
Include grades for the fall of the current season (or the grading period that ends by January in the case of a non-semester grading period), and
Include two consecutive marking periods (the fall of the current season does not necessarily need to be one of those consecutive marking periods, but may be);
Fencer must be on the team roster at least one semester (or marking term) of the current season.
Criteria for team recognition:
The average of the entire roster's cumulative GPA must be 3.3 or higher (on a 4.0 scale);
Every fencer on the roster at any point during the season will be included in the team average GPA, including those fencers who may not otherwise be eligible (see above; e.g. first year fencers).