February 2, 2013

Yale Posts Three Victories at Vassar Meet

Up Next: Ivy League Championships

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. — It was a strong performance by the Yale women's fencing team on Saturday, as it beat out Vassar, Drew and Queens on its way to a 3-1 record at the Feb. 2 Vassar meet here in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

The result provided a strong rebound after a tough NYU Invitational last weekend. Yale topped Vassar 19-8, Drew 24-3, and Queens 23-4; its only loss came against Sacred Heart, in a closely fought 12-15 verdict.

"I'm really pleased with everyone's performance," said senior captain Robyn Shaffer. "It was another tough loss against Sacred Heart, but we came back strong against Vassar, Drew and Queens."

What was particularly notable for the Bulldogs, Shaffer noted, was the fact that every fencer, including every substitute and non-starter, contributed at least one win towards the overall bout score.

"This was a great meet," Shaffer said. "We were able to sub in a lot, giving everyone bouts to fence before Ivies and regionals." 

Indeed, the Vassar competition marked the last opportunity for the Yale team to tune up before the Ivy League Championships, which take place at Harvard on Feb 9.

"Looking forward, we're focused on recovery and mental preparation for a tough weekend at Ivies," Shaffer said.

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