Women's Fencing Wins Five Out of Six at Home Conference Meet

Zoe Howard topped Tufts with 13 wins on Saturday

MEDFORD - Hosting a Northeast Fencing Conference meet at Carzo Cage, the Tufts University women's fencing team won five out of its six matches on Saturday.

The Jumbos opened the day with a 16-11 win over Boston University and followed that with a 20-7 romp of UMass in the next round. After a 19-8 victory against Smith, Tufts took its only loss of the day in a very tight match against Sacred Heart 14-13. However, the Jumbos bounced back to finish the day with a 23-4 win over New Hampshire and a 14-13 edging of Wellesley.

Tufts had winning records in each weapon for the day. The epee squad led the way with 40 victories in their 54 matches. Foil posted a 37-17 mark in the six contests. Sabre totaled 28 wins against 26 losses.

Sophomore Zoe Howard led Tufts with 13 wins on the day in the foil matches. She swept all three of her matches against UMass and had at least two wins in each of the six contests. Senior Juliet Hewes earned 10 wins for the foil team, which earned a tight 5-4 win over Wellesley including two victories apiece by Howard and Hewes.

Junior Grace Tellado led the epee squad with 12 wins, taking two in each of the six matches. Senior Chandler Coble produced 3-0 sweeps in action against BU and New Hampshire and finished with 10 wins overall. The epee's posted the only 9-0 victory of the day for Tufts against New Hampshire, which included two wins by senior Anna Gooch.

Junior Bridget Marturano won 12 matches for the sabre team, including sweeps of Sacred Heart and Wellesley. The sabre competition was tight all day for the Jumbos as they won two matches by 5-4 scores and lost a pair by 5-4 scores. Junior Nayab Ajaz contributed eight wins in sabre.

The Jumbos have the New England Intercollegiate Fencing Championships up next at the University of Vermont on March 4.