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Yale Wins Nail-Biter Against Sacred Heart

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

Reversal of Last Year's Result

NEW HAVEN, Conn.—It came right down to the wire. With the match tied at 13-13, junior captain Lauren Miller fenced the deciding bout of the Yale women's fencing team's match-up against Sacred Heart on Jan. 18. Miller and her opponent went into overtime but Miller was able to triumph 5-4, handing the Bulldogs a thrilling 14-13 victory at home in Payne Whitney Gymnasium in New Haven, Conn. 

The Bulldogs' nail-biting victory Saturday afternoon follows several close verdicts in what has become an annual bout between Yale and Sacred Heart. Fittingly, this year's result reversed last year's heartbreaker, in which the Bulldogs fell to the Pioneers 14-13. A year earlier, Yale triumphed 15-12. 

"Today marked the turnaround of our Sacred Heart match last year—where last year the women's team lost the tiebreaking bout, this year we won it," Miller said. "Every fencer on both the men's and women's teams gave each and every touch their all today, which I think is what allowed both teams to turn around our losses from last year."

The victory against Sacred Heart built on Yale's performance at its sole fall tournament, the Dec. 8 Brandeis Invitational, where it registered a 2-3 record including wins against Boston College (15-12) and MIT (17-10).

"Today was one of our toughest meets because there was so much pressure and spotlight on each bout, since we only fenced one school," Miller said. "Everyone handled this pressure with poise and focus, and consistently supported their teammates during their breaks. I couldn't be happier with the way things turned out."

With the victory under their belt, the Bulldogs will travel to New York to compete at the Jan. 26 NYU Invitational before returning home to host Drew and Vassar for bouts on Feb. 1. The Ivy League Championships will take place the following weekend, hosted by Brown on Feb. 8-9 in Providence, R.I. 

"This was an exciting meet to start off the bulk of our season, and I know we are all looking forward to the next three weekends of competition ahead," Miller added. 

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