MIT Defeats St. John’s at Brandeis Invitational

Sophomore Mounica Paturu
Sophomore Mounica Paturu

WALTHAM, Mass. – At the highly competitive Brandeis University Invitational on Sunday, the MIT women's fencing team defeated St. John's University (14-13) but fell to Yale University (17-10), Cornell University (16-11), Johns Hopkins University (14-13), Brown University (20-7), and Columbia University (20-7).

Sophomore Madison Douglas (Concord, Mass.) and freshman Cordelia Avery (New York, N.Y.) both produced ledgers of 12-6 for the sabre squad which finished with a total of 31-23. Junior Eliza Mace (Lansdowne, Va.) rounded out the group with a tally of 7-11. The Engineers overpowered St. John's (7-2), topped Cornell and Johns Hopkins by 6-3 margins, and edged out Yale, Brown, and Columbia with a 5-4 score to go undefeated on the day.

Highlights for the 19-35 epee team included a 6-3 victory over Johns Hopkins and a 5-4 outing against Cornell. Sophomore Mounica Paturu (Acton, Mass.) led the way with a mark of 10-8 followed by classmate Laura Jarin-Lipschitz (Rosemont, Pa.) at 9-9. Freshman Laura Tung (Palo Alto, Calif.) fell in both of her bouts versus Johns Hopkins while classmate Cecilia Cisar (Cypress, Texas) was unable to come away with a win in her 16 appearances.

Freshman Jessica Li (Englewood, Colo.) generated an 8-10 mark for the foil contingent as junior Rebecca Shi (Plainsboro, N.J.) went 5-13. Freshmen Lynda Tang (Palo Alto, Calif.) and Diana Lamaute (Chapel Hill, N.C.) rounded out the team with marks of 4-9 and 0-6, respectively. The Cardinal and Gray finished with a tally of 17-37 which featured a 7-2 win over St. John's and a 5-4 victory versus Brown.

MIT (5-7) returns to action on Saturday, Jan. 25 when it travels to Boston College for the second Northeast Fencing Conference competition of the season.