Jan 28, 2016
NEW HAVEN, Conn.—The Yale women's fencing team is prepared to take on Sacred Heart and Vassar this weekend at their only home meet of the season.
"Our home meet is always both very exciting and taxing. We're all looking forward to having friends and family come to watch, but their presence also adds pressure," said captain Joanna Lew. "I'm sure that it will be a great meet, and a great opportunity to practice performance under duress! I have a lot of faith in our team."
The Bulldogs are now returning to competition after a week more of practice after being snowed in last week. Based on the team's performance so far this season, the women are poised to take on Sacred Heart, a team that has been almost evenly matched with Yale in the past few years. In 2014, the Bulldogs beat SHU 14-13, the deciding bout won in overtime. Last year, Yale lost to SHU 15-12, with a number of 5-4 bouts.
"This is our only home meet of the year, and we are all very excited to have the home crowd support," said team manager Lillie Lainoff.
SHU's roster boasts a number of saber fencers who have qualified for NCAA Championships and freshman Mackenna Lamphere, who has already produced strong results in the first few months of the season. A stacked epee squad including Caitlin Stanton and Mia Volpe will also prove to be tough competition.
Vassar also has a number of athletes with impressive records on their roster, including saber fencer Annie Innes-Gold and foilist Kirsten Denman.
"It will be important for us to maintain our focus after such a high intensity match with SHU in order to fence our best against Vassar," Lainoff said.
Report filed by Caroline Hart '17, Yale Sports Publicity.