Engineers Battle at Duke Invitational

Sophomore Laura Jarin-Lipschitz
Sophomore Laura Jarin-Lipschitz

DURHAM, N.C. – Competing at the Duke University Invitational, the MIT women's fencing suffered several tough losses in a highly competitive field on Sunday. The Engineers (9-19) were defeated by UNC (16-11), the host Blue Devils (16-11), Brandeis University (14-13), the U.S. Air Force Academy (15-12), and Temple University (20-7). The Cardinal and Gray, however, recorded several strong individual performances as post-season action will unfold in the next few weeks.

Freshman Cordelia Avery (New York, N.Y.), sophomore Madison Douglas (Concord, Mass.), and junior Eliza Mace (Landsdowne, Va.) collaborated for a 24-21 sabre record which featured a 6-3 score versus Brandeis and 5-4 victories over UNC and Air Force. Avery led the way with a tally of 13-2 as her only losses came to Duke and Air Force. Douglas swept Brandeis and went 2-1 against UNC and Air Force en route to a 9-6 ledger while Mace defeated foes from Duke and Air Force to finish at 2-13.

The epee team generated 6-3 wins over Brandeis and Air Force in addition to a 5-4 decision against Duke to end the day with a 22-23 mark. Sophomore Laura Jarin-Lipschitz (Rosemont, Pa.) registered her second straight 10-5 outing after blanking Brandeis and Air Force while going 2-1 versus UNC. Fellow classmate Mounica Paturu (Acton, Mass.) turned in 2-1 performances against UNC, Duke, and Air Force while defeating all three of her foes from Brandeis to finish at 9-4. Sophomore Manting Lao (Columbus, Ohio) came in at 3-10 as she picked up a pair of victories against Duke in addition to a win over Air Force while classmate Cecilia Cisar (Cypress, Texas) was 0-4 after facing a pair of opponents from Brandeis and Temple.

Freshman Jessica Li (Englewood, Colo.) paced the foil squad with a total of 6-9, which included a 2-1 outing against Duke along with wins over UNC, Brandeis, Air Force, and Temple. Junior Rebecca Shi (Plainsboro, N.J.) earned victories over UNC and Temple to go 2-13 on the day while junior Sherry Ren (Beijing, China) and sophomore Ceri Riley (Kirkland, Wash.) combined for 15 appearances but could not come away with a win. As a team, MIT closed the competition with a tally of 8-37.

The Engineers conclude the regular season on Wednesday, Feb. 12 when it hosts the Beanpot, which will feature Boston College, Brandeis, and Harvard University.