CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Haverford College women's fencing team traveled to the Sollee Invitational on the campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology this past weekend. The Fords faced stiff competition throughout the day, but had several individuals shine with key victories throughout the invitational.
Captain Juliana Petersen led the Fords' epeeists to a team-best 13 victories on the day in that weapon. Petersen accounted for eight of those victories as she was one of two Haverford fencers to finishing with a winning record on the day, recording an 8-7 mark. The Haverford captain took three victories from NCAA Division I foe Brown, helping the Fords almost upset the Bears before falling just one bout short. Alexis Auer also recorded five wins, despite competing in just four of the rounds. Auer picked up the Fords' other point against Brown. She also secured at least one victory in each of the rounds she entered, including a 2-1 record against Brandeis as the Fords also fell just short by another single bout, 5-4, in that weapon matchup.
Alexandra Morrison was the standout for the Haverford foilists. Along with Petersen's efforts in epee, the freshman also recorded a winning record on the day with an 8-7 individual mark. Morrison took at least one bout in each of the Fords' five foil matchups. Her day included two victories against MIT, Brandeis and New York University.
As a weapon squad, Haverford also won eight bouts in the sabre rounds. These victories were very evenly split between the three individual fencers for the Fords. Leslie Tjing and Sofia Tieze each won three bouts during the invitational. Tjing captured bouts in three different team matchups, while Tieze's day was highlighted by a 2-1 record against NYU. The sabre competition nearly went the way of the Fords, but NYU was able to escape with a 5-4 weapon victory. Diana Schoder had two wins on her day. In addition to the win against NYU, Schoder took a bout from Brandeis as well.
Women's fencing will now have the weekend off from competition as it prepares for the EWFC Championships next weekend. The EWFC Championships will take place at Stevens Tech in Hoboken, N.J.
MIT def. Haverford, 22-5
Brandeis def. Haverford, 19-8
Boston College def. Haverford, 25-2
New York University def. Haverford, 19-8
Brown def. Haverford, 21-6