WALTHAM, Mass. – Facing a highly competitive field at the Brandeis University Invitational on Sunday, the MIT women's fencing team compiled a ledger of 4-2. The Engineers fell to St. John's University (16-11) and Cornell University (15-12) in the first two rounds but bounced back to defeat the U.S. Air Force Academy (15-12), Johns Hopkins University (17-10), Brown University (17-10), and Yale University (14-13).
The sabre squad racked up a record of 32-22 after overpowering Johns Hopkins (8-1), Cornell (6-3), and Air Force (6-3) in addition to edging out St. John's (5-4). Sophomore Cordelia Avery (New York, N.Y.) led the way with a tally of 14-4 as she swept Johns Hopkins and Yale while going 2-1 against the rest of the field. Junior Madison Douglas (Concord, Mass.) and freshman Cori Drysdale (Coral Springs, Fla.) both went 9-9 as Douglas blanked Cornell and Johns Hopkins while Drysdale defeated all three of her foes from Air Force and added a 2-1 outing versus Johns Hopkins.
Juniors Laura Jarin-Lipschitz (Rosemont, Pa.) and Mounica Paturu (Acton, Mass.) powered the epee team with marks of 12-6 while freshman Nicole Kogan (New Haven, Conn.) rounded out the unit with a total of 6-12. Jarin-Lipschitz blanked Cornell, Air Force, Brown, and Yale as Paturu had 3-0 performances against Air Force and Brown in addition to 2-1 ledgers versus St. John's and Johns Hopkins. Kogan posted a 2-1 outing against Brown while tacking on victories over St. John's, Air Force, Johns Hopkins, and Yale. MIT closed the day with a final record of 30-24 on the strength of an 8-1 margin versus Brown, a 7-2 performance against Air Force, and a 5-4 decision over Yale.
Sophomore Jessica Li (Englewood, Colo.) led the foil contingent with a record of 11-7, followed by freshman Sophia Russo (Santa Barbara, Calif.) at 10-8. Li swept Johns Hopkins and Yale while generating a 2-1 outing versus Brown. Russo, meanwhile, topped all three of her opponents from Brown and went 2-1 against Johns Hopkins and Yale. Senior Rebecca Shi (Plainsboro, N.J.) contributed wins over St. John's, Johns Hopkins, and Brown while freshman Carolyn Lu (Carlisle, Mass.) could not come away with a victory in her three bouts with Yale. The quartet produced a tally of 24-30 with highlights including 6-3 performances against Johns Hopkins and Brown while also edging out Yale, 5-4.
MIT (9-3) resumes competition on Saturday, Jan. 24 in its final Northeast Fencing Conference event of the season to be hosted by Brown University.