Women’s Fencing Goes Undefeated in NFC Action

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The MIT women's fencing team kicked off Northeast Fencing Conference action on Saturday by defeating UMass Amherst (22-5), Wellesley College (21-6), University of New Hampshire (26-1), Brandeis University (15-12), Sacred Heart University (14-13), and Boston University (20-7). Senior Robin Shin (Brookline, Mass.) won all 18 of her sabre bouts while freshman Laura Jarin-Lipschitz (Rosemont, Pa.) was nearly flawless in the epee competition as she finished at 17-1.

The sabre team compiled a 47-7 ledger as it swept Wellesley and UNH, dismissed UMass Amherst and Sacred Heart by 8-1 margins, topped BU, 7-2, and defeated Brandeis, 6-3. Senior Annabeth Gellman had the second-best outing for MIT as she went 15-3 while freshman Madison Douglas (Concord, Mass.) registered a total of 13-3. Sophomore Eliza Mace (Lansdowne, Va.) completed the contingent by winning one of her two bouts on the day.

Following Jarin-Lipschitz's outstanding epee performance, sophomore Sarah Alkilany (Brooklyn, N.Y.) produced a tally of 15-3. Freshman Mounica Paturu (Plainsboro, N.J.) turned in a 13-3 performance as classmate Manting Lao (Columbus, Ohio) picked up a win in one of her two outings. Like the sabre squad, the epee unit went undefeated en route to a total of 46-8. Highlights included 9-0 wins over UMass Amherst and UNH to go along with an 8-1 decision against Brandeis.

Sophomore Rebecca Shi (Plainsboro, N.J.) led the foil team with a record of 11-7 followed by senior Julia Kimmerly (Middlesex, Vt.) at 9-9. Sophomore Sherry Ren (Katy, Texas) and freshman Ceri Riley (Kirkland, Wash.) rounded out the squad with tallies of 2-5 and 3-8, respectively. The Engineers finished the day with a record of 25-29, which featured an 8-1 victory over UNH, a 6-3 decision versus BU, and 5-4 wins against UMass Amherst and Wellesley.

Next up for the Engineers will be the Brandeis University Invitational on Sunday, Dec. 2.