WALTHAM, Mass. – The Yale women's fencing team participated in the Brandeis Invitational tournament on Sunday, Nov. 5. During a long day of fencing, the Bulldogs defeated Boston College, Brandeis and Haverford, while losing to MIT and St. Johns, en route to a 3-2 record.
Brandeis hosts the one-day tournament every year in Waltham, Mass. Last year, the Bulldogs defeated Brandeis, Boston College, MIT, North Carolina and St. John's to earn a sweep of the tournament.
This year, the Elis were able to pull out two tough wins against Haverford and the hosts. Both matches were won by one bout, with final scores of 14-13. In both cases, the deciding bout was the last one, and in both cases sophomore Robyn Shaffer was able to come up with the victory in the deciding bout. As epee squad captain, Shaffer did a great job leading the epeeists en route to both victories.
The Bulldogs also got two great individual performances from junior Katherine Pitt and senior Lidia Gocheva. Pitt compiled an overall record of 13-2 and Gocheva finished the day with an overall record of 11-4.
"Our upperclassmen did a great job of leading the younger fencers," said captain Madeline Oliver, "and the freshmen did an amazing job adjusting to advice and the new style of college fencing. All in all, I think it was a good first tournament because it shows us our weaknesses and what we need to improve on. We still have a long way to go and a lot of work to do, but I think everyone is prepared to put their all in order to improve in our competitions next semester."
Yale will next fence Vassar on January 18.
Report By Arsi Sefaj '11, Yale Sports Publicity