Sabre Shines for Women's Fencing at Sollee Invitational

Junior Rebecca Shi
Junior Rebecca Shi

WALTHAM, Mass. – The MIT women's fencing team went 2-3 at the Eric Sollee Invitational on Saturday as it topped Hunter College (22-5) and New Jersey Institute of Technology (20-7) but was edged out by Stevens Institute of Technology (14-13), NYU (14-13), and Haverford College (15-12). The sabre squad had an undefeated outing as freshman Cordelia Avery (New York, N.Y.) and sophomore Madison Douglas (Concord, Mass.) led the way with ledgers of 12-1 and 13-2, respectively. Freshman Jessica Li (Englewood, Colo.) paced the foil contingent for the second straight week with a tally of 13-2 while sophomores Laura Jarin-Lipschitz (Rosemont, Pa.) and Mounica Paturu (Acton, Mass.) both finished with marks of 10-5 for the epee unit.

The sabre team compiled a record of 32-13 as it overpowered NJIT, 8-1, and produced 6-3 decisions against Stevens, Hunter, NYU, and Haverford. Avery swept her foes from NYU and Haverford, won both of her bouts versus Hunter and NJIT, while turning in a 2-1 outing against Stevens. Douglas blanked Stevens, Hunter, and NJIT before closing out the day with 2-1 totals versus NYU and Haverford. Junior Eliza Mace (Landsdowne, Va.) went 6-9, highlighted by a 2-1 mark versus NJIT, while sophomore Feyza Haskaraman (Kayseri, Turkey) won her only bout with NJIT and lost in her only outing against Hunter.

Li bookended sweeps of Hunter, NJIT, and NYU with marks of 2-1 versus Stevens and Haverford. Junior Rebecca Shi (Plainsboro, N.J.) came in at 8-6 by blanking NJIT and going 2-0 against Hunter while freshmen Diana Lamaute (Chapel Hill, N.C.) and Lynda Tang (San Jose, Calif.) generated four more victories for the foil team. The Engineers compiled a record of 25-20 courtesy of an 8-1 margin versus Hunter and a 6-3 decision against NJIT.

The epee team finished at 23-22, bolstered by an 8-1 win over Hunter and a 6-3 victory versus NJIT. Jarin-Lipschitz swept Hunter and was 2-1 against NJIT, NYU, and Haverford while Paturu reached the 10-5 total courtesy of 3-0 outings versus Hunter and NJIT in addition to a 2-1 performance against Stevens. Sophomore Cecilia Cisar (Cypress, Texas) picked up a win over NJIT and went 2-1 versus Hunter en route to a ledger of 3-11 as freshman Laura Tung (Palo Alto, Calif.) fell in her only bout of the day against NJIT.

MIT (9-14) concludes its road trip on Sunday, Feb. 9 at the Duke University Invitational.