January 25, 2014

Bulldogs Secure Two Wins at NYU Invitational

Tight Finish Against NYU

NEW YORK—A mixed day of competition out on the strip saw the Yale women's fencing team finish with a 2-3 record at the NYU Invitational, held at the Coles Sports Center in New York on Jan. 25.

With the Bulldogs facing five teams during the daylong round-robin, the NYU Invitational proved to be a tough competition. In the past three years of the tournament, Yale has registered a 1-4 record at the tournament, so Saturday's performance improves on past results and will help prepare the fencers for future matches in the season.

The day started with a tough match-up against Notre Dame, which the Fighting Irish won in a 19-8 result. The string of difficult opponents continued in the Bulldogs' next match, against Northwestern. The Wildcats seized a 20-7 victory. 

But Yale turned its fortunes around in the next two rounds, capturing wins against Wayne State and hosts NYU. Against Wayne State, the Bulldogs won in convincing 20-7 fashion, including a strong 8-1 performance by the saber squad. NYU, meanwhile, pushed the Bulldogs to the very end and Yale clinched the round in a close 14-13 verdict.

In the final round of the day, Yale fell to Ohio State 18-9. Saturday's results marked a stronger performance than last year's result, when the Bulldogs' sole victory at the NYU Invitational came against Wayne State. 

Next weekend the Bulldogs will host bouts against Drew and Vassar at home on Feb. 1. The Ivy League Championships will take place the following weekend, hosted by Brown on Feb. 8-9 in Providence, R.I. 

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

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