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