CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – At its only home event of the season, the MIT women's fencing team fell to a trio of local foes in the Beanpot on Wednesday night. The Engineers (9-22) were edged out by Brandeis University (14-13) and were topped by Harvard (20-7) and Boston College (16-11). Freshman Cordelia Avery (New York, N.Y.) went a perfect 9-0 in sabre action as the contingent finished at 14-13 on the evening.
Junior Eliza Mace (Landsdowne, Va.) went 2-1 against Brandeis and picked up a victory over Boston College for a 3-6 ledger in the sabre competition while sophomore Madison Douglas (Concord, Mass.) recorded two wins against BC, raising her record to 2-7. As a trio, Avery, Mace, and Douglas defeated BC, 6-3, and Brandeis, 5-4, but lost to Harvard, 6-3.
Sophomore Laura Jarin-Lipschitz (Rosemont, Pa.) blanked Brandeis, posted a 2-1 outing against Harvard, and added a win versus BC for an epee total of 6-3. Classmate Manting Lao (Columbus, Ohio) was 2-1 versus Brandeis and tacked on a victory over Harvard to go 3-6. Sophomore Cecilia Cisar (Cypress, Texas) and freshman Laura Tung (Palo Alto, Calif.) combined for nine appearances but could not come away with a win. The lone victory for the 9-18 unit was a 5-4 decision over Brandeis.
Led by freshman Jessica Li's (Englewood, Colo.) tally of 6-3, the foil team compiled a ledger of 8-19 as its best performance was a 5-4 loss to BC. Li opened the night by going 2-1 against Brandeis, followed by a victory over Harvard, and then wrapped things up with a sweep of BC. Junior Rebecca Shi (Plainsboro, N.J.) defeated a foe from BC to help her finish at 1-6 while sophomore Ceri Riley (Kirkland, Wash.) went 0-5.
Next up for MIT will be the New England Championship hosted by Mount Holyoke College on Saturday, Feb. 22.