Ten members of the Milford Combined High School fencing team competed against Greens Farms Academy, Greenwich High and Bridgeport in the first tournament of the season on Dec. 12 in Westport. Under Foran captain Amanda Shaw and Law captain Madisyn Rauscher, the Lady Griffons fell 5-4 in a close match with Bridgeport over 18 bouts. For the men, freshman Sumanth Kondapalli led his epee squad to a hard-fought 5-4 victory over Greens Farms and Foran captain Andrew Hiza and sophomore saber fencer Matteo Menta took two bouts each. The team is in its third year in Milford's high schools, and has quickly gained attention as a local powerhouse in this elite sport, with a full season of 13 invitational tournaments slated this year. Their next match is on Thursday, Dec. 16, against Old Lyme from 6 to 9 p.m. at Foran.