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Fencers Open Season at Brandeis

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

Sole Fall Competition

NEW HAVEN, Conn.—The Yale women's fencing team will kick off its 2013-14 season this weekend at the Dec. 8 Brandeis Invitational in Waltham, Mass.

The Bulldogs will look to capitalize on their fall training when they compete at Brandeis, seeking to improve on past performances at the tournament. This year's competition features a strong field including teams from Air Force Academy, Columbia, Cornell, Sacred Heart and St. John's.

This weekend's round-robin competition will mark the collegiate debut for three freshmen: Olivia Briffault in epee and foil, Lillie Lainoff in saber and Joanna Lew in saber. Junior captain Lauren Miller will lead the Bulldogs. 

Last year, Yale recorded a tight-fought 14-13 win against MIT to finish the competition with a 1-5 record. The previous year, the Bulldogs posted a 2-3 record with victories against Brandeis and MIT.

The Brandeis Invitational will be the Bulldogs' first and only competition of the fall, after the Penn State Garret Open was cancelled earlier in the season. After the Brandeis Invitational, the team will continue training over the winter break and recommence competition with a Jan. 18 bout at home in Payne Whitney Gymnasium against Sacred Heart.

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