CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – In its return to action following a nearly two-month hiatus, the MIT women's fencing team defeated Vassar College (15-12) and Smith College (22-5) at the second Northeast Fencing Conference (NFC) competition of the season on Saturday. The Engineers (7-11, 6-6 NFC) were edged out by host Boston College (15-12) and Dartmouth College (14-13) while also suffering losses to Tufts University (18-9) and Brown University (24-3). Freshman Jessica Li (Englewood, Colo.) had the best individual performance of the day as she went 15-3 in foil action while sophomores Laura Jarin-Lipschitz (Rosemont, Pa.) and Madison Douglas (Concord, Mass.) turned in 12-6 performances for the epee and sabre units, respectively.
The sabre squad compiled a ledger of 34-20 as it swept Vassar, overpowered Dartmouth and Smith by an 8-1 margin, and topped BC, 7-2. Douglas's total of 12-6 was courtesy of 3-0 performances versus BC, Vassar, Dartmouth, and Smith. Freshman Cordelia Avery (New York, N.Y.) came in at 9-4 while junior Eliza Mace (Lansdowne, Va.) posted a ledger of 10-8. Sophomore Feyza Haskaraman (Kayseri, Turkey) registered a 2-1 outing versus Dartmouth and went 1-1 against Smith for a tally of 3-2.
For the foil team, Li won all three of her bouts against BC, Vassar, Smith, and Tufts in addition to going 2-1 versus Dartmouth. Junior Rebecca Shi (Plainsboro, N.J.) notched a record of 5-13 while classmate Sherry Ren (Beijing, China) and freshman Lynda Tang (San Jose, Calif.) combined for three more victories. Highlights for the 23-31 unit included a 7-2 win over Smith and a 5-4 decision against Tufts.
In addition to sweeping Smith, Jarin-Lipschitz registered 2-1 performances versus BC, Vassar, Dartmouth, and Tufts. Sophomore Cecilia Cisar (Cypress, Texas) and freshman Laura Tung (Palo Alto, Calif.) both had 2-1 outings against Smith while freshman Diana Hernandez (Lawrenceville, Ga.) fell in her three bouts to Dartmouth. The epee contingent finished with a total of 17-37, bolstered by a 7-2 victory over Smith.
Next up for MIT will be the Eric Sollee Invitational hosted by Brandeis University on Saturday, Feb. 1.