January 27, 2013

Tough Day For Fencers at NYU

Elis Snag Win Against Wayne State

NEW YORK — It was difficult day out for the Yale women's fencing team on Sunday, as they posted a 1-4 record at the Jan. 27 NYU Invitational held at the Coles Sports Center in New York.

Heading into the tournament, the Bulldogs expected the rival schools to put up a tough challenge—in the past two years, the Yale team has posted a 1-4 record in competition at NYU.

The Bulldogs repeated that result on Sunday, scoring a victory against Wayne State, 20-7, in the third round of the day. In the other rounds, Yale fell to Notre Dame, Northwestern, NYU, and Ohio State. 

"It was a tough day for sure, but the team put up a great performance against Wayne State and NYU," said senior captain Robyn Shaffer. "Once again, in the case of NYU, it's just one or two points that separate us from a win."

"Notre Dame, Ohio State, and Northwestern are all ranked much higher than us—we face them, knowing it's going to be a challenge, but putting our best effort into it and getting used to the high level that we'll face at Ivies," Shaffer said.

Senior Madeline Oliver and sophomore Lauren Miller put up the top individual performances, with a 10-5 record in saber and foil competition, respectively.

Yale will look to bounce back next weekend when it takes on Vassar in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. That match-up will give the team a final opportunity to tune-up before the season culminates in the Feb. 9 Ivy League Championship, hosted this year by Harvard in Cambridge, Mass.

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

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