–by Andy K. Wong // Contributing Writer
This past Saturday, at the Northeast Fencing Conference meet hosted by Boston College, the women’s fencing team finished with two wins and four losses.
The conference, which included matches against Brown, MIT, Vassar, Smith, Dartmouth, and Brandeis, was the first of two conference meetings for the season. The two wins came against Smith and Dartmouth; however, matches against Vassar and Brandeis were both close, with a margin of only three wins for each (12 wins – 15 wins).
“Everyone was fencing really well, including our non-starters. We’re all really proud of them, and the they way they stepped it up yesterday. We’re right on the edge, where we just need that one little push to be winning bouts against entire schools,” said senior sabre squad captain Sarah Danly, who earned 10 victories of her own on Saturday.
Tufts’ other leading scorers at the meet included freshman Katharine Lynch (epee squad, 10 victories), sophomore Julia Hisey (sabre squad, 10 victories), and junior Abigail Hepworth (epee squad nine victories). Overall, the sabre and epee squads performed very well, tallying 29 and 26 victories total for each, respectively. It is not out of the question that a few roster changes may occur to aid the weaker squads in earning extra victories in closer matchups.
With the help of coach Ariana Klinkov, as well as new assistant coaches Louise Klann and David Blake, there is hope that with continued hard work and dedication to both the strategic and mental aspects of the game, that the women’s team can get over the top and close out teams.
“We’re trying to win against those swing schools,” Danly said as one of the team’s top goals this season.
The team’s upcoming schedule includes an invitational at Brandeis University this Saturday, followed by their annual home game against NYU on Sunday in Cousens Gym.