Win Over #8 and Host Northwestern Highlights Women's Fencing Trip

Anat Katz EVANSTON, Ill. - The Tufts University women's fencing team had a successful trip to the NU Duals hosted by Northwestern University on Sunday. Head coach David Sach's Jumbos won three out of four matches.

The Jumbos won 23-4 against Denison, 15-12 versus Long Island University (LIU) and 16-11 in the match against host Northwestern. The host Huskies were ranked eighth in the last CollegeFencing360 national poll released in March 2020. Tufts' only setback was by a 19-8 score against Notre Dame, the #3-ranked team in the March 2020 national poll.

Tufts won all three weapons against Northwestern, 5-4 in sabre and epee and 6-3 in foil. Freshman Anat Katz (pictured) in sabre and junior Kaitlyn Gill in epee both posted 3-0 records in the meet. Against Notre Dame, Tufts won epee 5-4 with two victories apiece from Gill and freshman Olivia Tomasello.

The most competitive match came against LIU. In foil, the Jumbos were tied 3-3 heading into the final round where wins by freshman Shannon Chen and sophomore Lea Levi earned Tufts a 5-4 decision. A 3-0 record in epee competition by Tomasello also aided the Jumbos' effort.

Leading Tufts overall on the day with eight victories were Katz (8-4, .667), sophomore Rachel Roh in sabre (8-4, .667) and Chen (8-4, .667). Tomasello finished 7-1 (.875) and Gill was 7-3 (.700).

Tufts, with an 8-3 record overall as a team, finished their first-semester action with the Northwestern trip.