February 21, 2010

Bulldogs Fall in First Ivy Test

ITHACA, N.Y. - Yale's fencers wrapped up the first of two Ivy competitions today at Cornell. The Bulldogs went 0-4 for the day against four opponents: Columbia, Harvard, Penn and Princeton. In a tough day of competition, the Bulldogs improved on last year's performances against these teams but failed to turn the same losses as last year into wins. 

Yale began the day with a 21-6 loss against Columbia. In last year's Ivy play the Lions beat the Bulldogs by the same amount. Foilist Jillian Liu had a great start to the day against Columbia with victory over Nicole Ross, one of the best women's foil fencers in the Ivy Leauge, as well as another victory. Her match against Ross can be seen here. Katharine Pitt added two more victories, giving foil the best performance against Columbia. Sabre and epee each won one to give Yale a total of six win's against Columbia's 21.  

Up next for Yale was rival Harvard. The Bulldogs lost this one 17-10 but improved on last years 18-9 defeat. In the match against Harvard, Madeline Oliver won two important victories to propel sabre to a squad victory over Harvard. Yale took sabre 5-4 but lost foil 8-1 and epee 5-4 for a final score in Harvard's favor. 

Yale next fenced Penn. Senior Jennifer Ivers noted that, "after the loss to Harvard, the team rallied to keep its energy up." All three squads has close and somewhat frustrating defeats against Penn, according to Ivers, but the team felt like it fought its hardest against a very difficult opponent. The final score was 16-11 for Penn. The score breakdown is as follows: 5-4 (sabre), 6-3 (foil) and 5-4 (epee), all in Penn's favor. It is a major improvement from last year when the Bulldogs fell to the quakers by a score of 21-6.

The final match of the day for Yale was against Princeton, which it lost 17-10. According to Ivers, "In the past couple years, Princeton's team has really grown, as evidenced by their performance today." This did not stop the Bulldogs' sabre squad of Ivers, Oliver and Katherine Arden to run past them with a 6-3 victory. To see Arden's win over Princeton's Joanna Cichowski, click here. Ivers herself went 3-0 against Princeton, her best personal performance of the day. Foil and epee were not as successful as sabre. They fell to the Tigers 8-1 and 6-3, respectively. Yale fell to Princeton by the same amount at last year's Ivy competition.

Fencers Arden and Madeline Buxton had the best overall performances for the day, both going 6-6. Full results of the day's events can be found here. The Bulldogs will fence the two teams it beat last year, Cornell and Brown, next Sunday at Penn. The team must win these two matches to ensure that it finishes with the same Ivy record as last year, 2-4. 

Report filed by Yale Sports Publicity.