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Bulldogs Drop Heartbreaker to Sacred Heart

Lauren Miller. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Lauren Miller. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Close Meet at Home

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — It came right down the wire Saturday afternoon in Payne Whitney Gymnasium as the Yale women's fencing team fell at home to Sacred Heart, 13-14. The Jan. 19 match-up in New Haven, Conn., kicked off spring competition for the Yale team. 

"It was a heartbreaking meet, to be sure," said senior captain Robyn Shaffer. "A13-14 loss, and our two last bouts were lost 4-5 each—it doesn't get closer than that."

The 13-14 result included a 5-4 verdict in epee, and 4-5 splits in foil and sabre, and reverses the result of the bout last year, when the Bulldogs beat Sacred Heart 15-12

Both Shaffer and sophomore Lauren Miller put up 3-0 performances, helping keep the Bulldogs close to the Pioneers. Towards the end of the round, sophomore Margaret Kandel came on as a substitute and won what Shaffer called a "clutch victory" to draw even with Sacred Heart.

"While the result wasn't what we had hoped for, the team performed much more cohesively than at Brandeis," Shaffer said. "It's a good sign in advance of NYU and Vassar; every squad can compete, every squad can put victories on the board."

Next week the team will head to New York to compete in the Jan. 27 NYU Invitational. Then, the Bulldogs will head to Poughkeepsie, N.Y., for a Feb. 2 bout against Vassar.

The team will look to improve as they head toward the Feb. 9 Ivy League Championship, hosted this year by Harvard in Cambridge, Mass.

Report filed by James Lu '14, Yale Sports Publicity.