MIT Women’s Fencing Competes at NCAA Northeast Regional Championship

Junior Mounica Paturu
Junior Mounica Paturu

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Junior Mounica Paturu (Acton, Mass.) and sophomore Cordelia Avery (New York, N.Y.) turned in the best performances for the MIT women's fencing team at the NCAA Northeast Regional Championship on Sunday. Paturu ranked 16th in the epee competition while Avery was 17th in the sabre standings.

Paturu topped all four of her opponents in the first round and went 4-2 in the next round robin before defeating foes from Cornell and Vassar College in her last two outings of the day. Junior Laura Jarin-Lipschitz (Rosemont, Pa.) came in next at 20th as went 4-0 in the opening group and registered a 3-3 ledger in the second round, but she could not produce a win in the third rotation. Freshman Nicole Kogan (New Haven, Conn.) picked up a victory against Brown in the first pool as she finished tied for 48th.

Following a first-round bye, Avery generated a 5-1 performance but in the third round she only notched a win over Yale to place 17th in the sabre field. Junior Madison Douglas (Concord, Mass.) tied for 27th after dismissing her four opponents in the first pool and securing a victory against Vassar. Freshman Cori Drysdale (Coral Springs, Fla.) was next in 29th place as she also captured her opening pool with a 4-0 record and tacked on a win over host NYU. Senior Eliza Mace (Lansdowne, Va.) closed out her career as a victory versus Queens College in the first round helped her finish 39th.

Sophomore Jessica Li (Englewood, Colo.) and senior Rebecca Shi (Plainsboro, N.J.) represented the Engineers in the foil competition, placing 23rd and 34th, respectively. The recipient of a first-round bye, Li notched wins over Tufts University and NYU. Shi, meanwhile, went 2-2 in the first rotation but was unable to defeat her six opponents in the second round.