Bulldogs Challenged in Waltham
Difficult Day at Brandeis Invitational
WALHTAM, Mass. — It was a tough day out on a strip for the Yale women's fencing team, who finished the Dec. 2 Brandeis Invitational here in Waltham, Mass., with a 1-5 record. The Bulldogs posted a victory against MIT.
The Yale team faced a difficult slate of competition during Sunday's tournament. That became clear from the beginning, as the Bulldogs fell to Johns Hopkins 9-18. Strong team after strong team made it difficult for the Yale fencers to gain traction: they fell to St Johns, Boston College, UNC and Brandeis, in successive fashion.
"We're all a bit disappointed, obviously," said senior captain Robyn Shaffer. "We made a strong effort and improved throughout the day, but we certainly weren't at our best at Brandeis."
But the Bulldogs closed the day on a stronger note. In a closely-fought match-up against MIT, Yale posted a 14-13 verdict, including a powerful 8-1 performance by the foil squad.
"There were great performances from squads and individuals at different times during the day," Shaffer said. "In our future competitions, we'll need to keep our confidence high and make sure our squads are on point together."
The team will take their experience from this fall's competitions as they head into the winter break, which begins now that the Brandeis Invitational has wrapped up. The Bulldogs will begin their spring competition on Jan. 19, when they host Sacred Heart at home.
Report filed by James Lu '14, Yale Sports Publicity.