Women’s Fencing Registers 4-2 Mark in NFC Finale

Sophomore Cordelia Avery and junior Laura Jarin-Lipschitz
Sophomore Cordelia Avery and junior Laura Jarin-Lipschitz

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The MIT women's fencing team had a successful return to action following nearly a two-month hiatus as it registered a 4-2 record in its final Northeast Fencing Conference (NFC) competition on Saturday. The Engineers defeated Dartmouth College (17-10), Tufts University (15-12), Smith College (24-3), and Vassar College (17-10) while suffering close losses to host Brown University (15-12) and Boston College (14-13). Sophomore Cordelia Avery (New York, N.Y.) dominated the sabre field as she won 17 of her 18 bouts.

The epee team led the way with a record of 40-14 after sweeping Dartmouth and Smith, generating 6-3 performances versus Tufts, Brown, and Vassar, and falling to BC by a 5-4 margin. Junior Laura Jarin-Lipschitz (Rosemont, Pa.) amassed a ledger of 14-4 by blanking Dartmouth, Smith, and Vassar, defeating two of her three opponents from Tufts and Vassar, and tacking on a victory over BC. Freshman Nicole Kogan (New Haven, Conn.) was next at 12-5 as she swept Smith, tallied 2-1 marks versus Tufts, Vassar, and BC, bested both of her foes from Dartmouth, and added a win against Brown. Junior Mounica Paturu (Acton, Mass.) blanked Dartmouth and Brown, turned in a 2-1 mark against Tufts, and lost her lone bout versus Vassar to end the day at 8-2. Rounding out the squad was freshman Amelia Bryan (Tualtin, Ore.) who swept Smith in addition to notching wins over Dartmouth, Vassar, and BC en route to a 6-3 total.

Avery's 17-1 record propelled the sabre squad to a 31-23 tally, which included a 7-2 outing against Smith, 6-3 performances versus Dartmouth and Vassar, and 5-4 mark against BC. Freshman Cori Drysdale (Coral Springs, Fla.) came in at 8-10 as she generated 2-1 ledgers versus Dartmouth, Smith, and Vassar while contributing wins against Tufts and BC. Senior Eliza Mace (Lansdowne, Va.) also had 2-1 performances versus Smith and Vassar in addition to earning victories against Dartmouth and BC to finish at 6-12.

Freshman Sophia Russo (Santa Barbara, Calif.) powered the foil team with an 11-7 record by defeating all three of her foes from Smith, going 2-1 against Tufts, Brown, and Vassar, and notching wins over Dartmouth and BC. Freshman Carolyn Lu (Carlisle, Mass.) swept Smith and turned in 2-1 totals versus Tufts, Vassar, and BC to help her finish at 9-9. Sophomore Diana Hernandez (Lawrenceville, Ga.), usually a member of the epee squad, went 2-1 in her only action of the day against Smith. Sophomore Lynda Tang (San Jose, Calif.) completed the contingent with wins over Dartmouth, Tufts, Brown, Vassar, and BC. The Engineers overpowered Smith, 8-1, and edged out Tufts and Vassar by 5-4 margins in helping them compile a record of 27-27.

Next up for MIT (13-5, 9-3 NFC) will be a home competition, the Eric Sollee Invitational, scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 1.