Engineers Battle at Beanpot

Senior Rebecca Shi
Senior Rebecca Shi

WALTHAM, Mass. – In its final competition of the regular season, the MIT women's fencing team squared off with a competitive field at the Beanpot hosted by Brandeis University on Wednesday night. The Engineers (18-9) dropped a 22-5 decision to Harvard University before being edged out by Brandeis (15-12) and Boston College (15-12).

Behind a pair of 5-4 outings versus Brandeis and BC, the epee team generated a total of 13-14. Juniors Laura Jarin-Lipschitz (Rosemont, Pa.) and Mounica Paturu (Acton, Mass.) paced MIT with 6-3 performances. Jarin-Lipschitz blanked BC, went 2-1 versus Brandeis and added a victory over Harvard while Paturu swept Brandeis, turned in a 2-1 mark against BC, and also tacked on a win versus Harvard. Freshman Nicole Kogan (New Haven, Conn.) came in at 1-5 as her lone victory was against Harvard as classmate Amelia Bryan (Tualtin, Ore.) appeared in three bouts but could not generate a win.

The sabre squad finished at 10-17 as it defeated Brandeis (5-4) and dropped 5-4 and 8-1 decisions to BC and Harvard, respectively. Junior Madison Douglas (Concord, Mass.) led the way with a 4-5 ledger on the strength of 2-1 outings against Brandeis and BC while senior Eliza Mace (Lansdowne, Va.) registered victories over Brandeis and BC to finish at 2-3. Freshman Cori Drysdale (Coral Springs, Fla.) had a 2-1 showing versus Brandeis and added a win over BC en route to a 3-6 total as sophomore Cordelia Avery (New York, N.Y.) defeated her rival from Harvard before ending the night at 1-3.

The highlight for the foil contingent was a 3-6 performance against BC as the Engineers produced a record of 6-21. Sophomore Lynda Tang (San Jose, Calif.) was 2-4 after registering 1-2 outings against Brandeis and BC while freshman Sophia Russo (Santa Barbara, Calif.) came in next at 2-7 as she also posted 1-2 marks versus Brandeis and BC. In her only action of the competition, sophomore Jessica Li (Englewood, Colo.) went 1-2 against Harvard while senior Rebecca Shi (Plainsboro, N.J.) chipped in a victory over BC as she rounded out the squad at 1-8.

MIT kicks off its postseason push with the New England Championship on Saturday, Feb. 21 at Vassar College.