January 22, 2012

Women Open Season at NYU

Tough Day Out at Coles Sports Center 

NEW YORK — It was a tough day out for the Yale women's fencing team, which fought its way through the Jan. 22 NYU Invitational at the Coles Sports Center in New York to end Sunday with a 1-4 split, matching last year's record.

"No matter what, we'll work hard to improve upon our past performances," said junior captain Robyn Shaffer.

The day opened with a 22-5 loss to Notre Dame, coupled with a 22-5 defeat at the hands of Northwestern. But the Bulldogs bounced back strongly, contending against Wayne State in diligent fashion to end victorious, 17-10.

Then, the Yale team lost a closely fought match against NYU, 14-13.

"The close fall to NYU was heartbreaking, as the entire team strived to overcome a few early losses," Shaffer said. "We had the energy and the commitment, but ultimately couldn't pull through with a victory."

After lunch, the Bulldogs fell to Ohio State 20-7, rounding out the day's competition. Although Sunday provide to be a difficult day of fencing for the Yale team, they are looking ahead to the next week's competition, when they will host Sacred Heart at home.

"We're taking the lessons learned at NYU and putting them towards our next two meets: Sacred Heart and Vassar, both home at Yale," Shaffer said. "Come and watch us!"

Report filed by James Lu '14, Yale Sports Publicity.

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