Women's Fencing Wins 5 of 7 at Season-Opening Meet

Sydnee Lau CAMBRIDGE - The Tufts University women's fencing team opened its 2021-22 season by winning five of its seven matches in a Northeast Fencing Conference meet hosted by MIT on Saturday.

The Jumbos defeated host MIT (17-10), Brandeis (17-10), Smith (14-13), Sacred Heart (23-4) and UMass (15-12). The losses came against Boston College (18-9) and Brown (15-12).

The Jumbo foil group had the most success taking 40 of their 63 bouts on the day. They had 7-2 wins in their weapon over MIT, Brandeis and Sacred Heart. Sophomore Sydnee Lau (pictured) had a strong debut winning 11 of her 12 contests (.917), including three wins against Brown. Senior Allison Cheng finished the day with an 8-3 mark (.727).

Tufts' epee team also had a winning record with 32 victories on the day. Junior Kaitlyn Gill had the most wins out of any Tufts fencer who competed at the meet with a 12-3 record (.800). Freshman Olivia Tomasello had a solid 5-2 mark in spot duty. The epee group was the only weapon to score a perfect 9-0 victory on the day, doing so against Sacred Heart.

Sabre won 35 times for the Jumbos with nine victories by sophomore Rachel Roh leading the way. All five Jumbos who competed in sabre won at least five times, with freshman Anat Katz adding eight.

Tufts continues its busy opening weekend by traveling to the Chicago area to compete at Northwestern University's Fall Duals tomorrow.