CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The MIT women's fencing team opened its head-to-head season at its first Northeast Fencing Conference (NFC) competition hosted by Brown University last Saturday. The Cardinal and Gray won four of its six bouts, scoring wins against Wellesley (17-10), New Hampshire (22-5), Boston University (24-3) and UMass-Amherst (26-1). MIT's two losses came courtesy of the Pioneers of Sacred Heart University (12-15) and the Judges of Brandeis (13-14).
Senior Cordelia Link paced the Engineers, winning an impressive 17 of her 18 matches for the foil squad. Lindley Graham (14-4) and Jenna Caldwell (12-6) combined to help MIT clinch 43 of 54 points and wins at foil in five of the six matches.
MIT's sabre crew, led by Molly Kozminsky (15-2), picked up 39 of 54 points. Freshman Annabeth Gellman (12-5), junior Elena Tatarchenko (7-7) and senior Laura Evans (2-1) rounded out MIT's fencers at sabre.
The Engineers' epee contingent had more trouble than the other teams, winning only 32 of 54 possible points. Stephanie Shin (11-5) and Kirsten Hessler (10-6) scored the most wins, while Sophie Monahan (7-9), Kristin Kuhn (3-0) and Rachel Williams (1-2) also contributed.
The Engineers have one additional NFC meet prior to winter break when they travel to Brandeis to face Brown, Cornell, UNC, St. John's, and Yale on Saturday, December 5.