Jan. 31, 2009
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - In their first and last day of competition before a home crowd this season, the Bulldogs imposed themselves to seize two more non-league wins before taking on Ivy League competition next weekend. Yale downed Sacred Heart 19-8, an improvement from last year's 17-10 decision. Against Drew, a new opponent, the Bulldogs won 22-5.
The only sweep of the day came from the foilists against Drew University. Lidia Gocheva (2-0), Katherine Pitt (1-0), Valeria Makeeva (3-0), Jillian Liu (2-0) and Samantha Attwood (1-0) all contributed to the Bulldog foilists' 9-0 sweep.
In the 7th-floor fencing salon at Payne Whitney Gymnasium, enthusiasm was high. The viewing balcony was full of supporters, cheering on the Bulldogs as they sharpened their skills before the Ivy League Champion is determined.
"I am really happy about today," said senior Abigail Fraeman of the last home meet of her college career.
"It was great having such an enthusiastic crowd. I am very excited about Ivies," she added.
Captain Lidia Gocheva noted, "It was important for the team to fence well today, and we did. I think we are very well-prepared for next week's Ivy South."
The two wins serve as momentum for the Bulldogs, who head to New York, N.Y. on Feb. 8 to face half of the Ivy League in the first of a two-part series. The Ivy South competition will be hosted by Columbia. Ivy League North, on Feb. 22, will be hosted by Brown in Providence, R.I.
vs Sacred Heart (19-8)
vs Drew (22-5)
Report filed by Dominique Fenton '10, Yale Sports Publicity