Yale Fencers Falter at NYU Invitational

Jan. 23, 2006

Yale's spotless record was finally blemished on Sunday, as they lost three of four matches against some of the top fencing competition in the nation. The Bulldogs fell to Ohio State 16-11 and to Northwestern and Notre Dame 20-7, but salvaged a close victory against Wayne State, 14-13.

The Elis lost to OSU despite crushing the Buckeyes 8-1 in the foil, highlighted by 3-0 performances from Alisa Mendelsohn and Jennifer Cohen. The sabre and epee squads could not hold up their end of the bargain, unfortunately, dropping 9-0 and 6-3 respectively.

The 20-7 loss to Northwestern held few bright points for the Bulldogs. The foil proved to be the closest match-up, though they were still beaten 6-3, and only Tejas Srinivas in the epee managed to post two wins.

Diana Schawlowski managed three wins in the foil against Notre Dame, but it wasn't enough to turn the tide in a 20-7 defeat. Carly Guss went 2-1 in the sabre, but only two other fencers (Srinivas and Botwinick) managed to salvage any wins.

The Bulldogs did pull out a hard-fought, 14-13 victory over Wayne State. As has been the case so many times this season, Mendelsohn and Schawlowski led a dominating foil attack, going a combined 6-0. Guss and Erin Frey each finished 2-1 to help the sabre squad put Yale over the top.

Yale returns to action this weekend against Sacred Heart and Tufts at the Payne Whitney Gym.

Report filed by Tynan Granberg '06, Yale Sports Publicity Department