January 28, 2012

Yale Tops Sacred Heart at Home

Strong Showing Repeats Last Year's Victory

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – At Payne Whitney Gymnasium after a tough season on the road, the Yale women's fencing team achieved a strong 15-12 victory against Sacred Heart in a Jan. 28 match-up. 

"This was really a team victory, with each squad bringing wins to the table for an overall victory," junior captain Robyn Shaffer said. "Home meets, with a home crowd, are always a lot of fun — lots of energy from fans, which boosts our energy on the strip." 

The result echoes last year's win against the Pioneers; then, the Bulldogs clinched the match in a 19-8 verdict in front of similarly enthusiastic home crowd support. Both teams are among those receiving votes in recent national polls of women's collegiate fencing teams. 

Saturday's match accentuated the commitment of Yale's team, which has fought through several difficult competitions in the past season. The sabre weapons squad, in particular, put in what Shaffer called an "all-star effort", achieving a 7-2 record capped off with senior Jillian Liu clinching the win on her final bout.

"This match also highlighted the dedication of our individual fencers," Shaffer said. "Sophomore Lucy Partman has been sick for days, but showed up ready to fight for every touch."

This results sets the team up well for future competition, including the Feb. 11-12 Ivy League Championships, hosted this year at home at Coxe Cage.

"We're looking forward to taking on Vassar this upcoming Saturday in our next home meet," Shaffer said.

Yale will take on Vassar in Payne Whitney Gymnasium on Feb. 4. 

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