November 16, 2013

Women’s Fencing Goes 4-2 in NFC Opener

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – In its first Northeast Fencing Conference competition of the season, the MIT women's fencing team went 4-2 at Brown University on Saturday. The Engineers (4-2) overpowered Boston University (21-6), Wellesley College (22-5), UMass Amherst (22-5), and University of New Hampshire (18-9) but fell to Brandeis University (17-10) and Sacred Heart University (15-12).

On the strength of freshman Cordelia Avery's (New York, N.Y.) 17-1 outing, the sabre squad compiled a ledger of 40-14. Sophomore Madison Douglas (Concord, Mass.) turned in a 15-3 performance as freshman Lara Araujo (Fortaleza, Brazil) won three of her four bouts. Junior Eliza Mace (Lansdowne, Va.) rounded out the contingent with a total of 5-9. MIT swept Wellesley, picked up 8-1 wins over UMass and UNH, and topped BU, 7-2, while its only losses were 5-4 decisions to Brandeis and Sacred Heart.

The epee unit amassed a ledger of 34-20 on the strength of victories over BU (8-1), Wellesley (8-1), UMass (6-3), and Brandeis (5-4). Sophomore Laura Jarin-Lipschitz (Rosemont, Pa.) notched a mark of 13-4 while classmate Mounica Paturu (Acton, Mass.) had an 11-5 outing. Sophomores Cecilia Cisar (Cypress, Texas) and Manting Lao (Columbus, Ohio) completed the team with tallies of 4-4 and 6-7, respectively.

The foil team defeated UMass (8-1), UNH (7-2), BU (6-3), and Wellesley (5-4) en route to a 31-23 record. Freshman Jessica Li (Englewood, Colo.) led the way with a ledger of 14-2 while classmate Lynda Tang (San Jose, Calif.) finished at 7-5. Junior Rebecca Shi (Plainsboro, N.J.) produced a total of 7-10 as sophomore Ceri Riley (Kirkland, Wash.) went 3-6.

MIT will close out the fall semester action on Sunday, Dec. 8 at the Brandeis University Invitational.