|Junior Bridget Marturano was one of Tufts' top performers|
PROVIDENCE, RI - The Tufts University women's fencing team faced six opponents at the Northeast Fencing Conference meet hosted by Brown University on Saturday.
The Jumbos dropped each match, but were very competitive. In round one they took a 17-10 loss to MIT. Host Brown defeated Tufts 18-9 in the second round. Third-round action saw Brandeis edge the Jumbos 14-13. Boston College had an 18-9 victory against the Jumbos in the fourth round. Dartmouth won 20-7 over the Jumbos in round five. In the final round of the day, Vassar posted a 15-12 final against Tufts.
In the MIT bout, Tufts won 6-3 in its sabre matches. Junior Bridget Marturano won all three of her matches in the weapon while junior Nayab Ajaz was two for three. Senior Chandler Coble pulled out two wins in three epee matches versus MIT opponents.
Despite losing to Brandeis, the Jumbos had weapon victories in both epee (6-3) and sabre (5-4). In epee the match was tied 3-3 before junior Grace Tellado, Coble and senior Anna Gooch all won in the third set. Each won two out of three against the Judges. Marturano's three wins and two by Ajaz led the Jumbos in sabre.
The foil squad had a 6-3 victory against Boston College. This match was also 3-3 before Tufts won all three of its final matches to take the victory. Howard, Hewes and junior Julia O'Gara got it done, with Howard winning all three of her matches.
Of the Jumbos' seven wins against Dartmouth, two came from Hewes in foil, one each were in epee by Tellado and sophomore Annie Ayala and Ajaz won two of her three bouts in sabre.
A tightly contested match versus Vassar saw Tufts win sabre 5-4. Marturano clinched the victory with her win in the third set, giving her a sweep of her three sabre matches. Coble added two epee wins and Howard had two more in foil.
The Jumbos compete in a tri-meet at Harvard next Saturday with NYU.