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No. 2 Women’s Fencing Earns Two Wins at St. John’s Invitational

Jarocki led the Crimson with a 13-2 mark (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).

QUEENS, N.Y. – The No. 2 Harvard women's fencing team opened up the 2014 calendar year with a 2-3 showing at the St. John's Invitational at the Taffner Field House Sunday.

Harvard (8-3) stormed out of the gates defeating No. 4 Penn State, 15-12. The Crimson fell to No. 6 Columbia, 15-12, but rallied in round three to down third-ranked Notre Dame, 16-11. The two victories were followed by two tightly contested matches to No. 5 Ohio State, and No. 10 St. John's, which the Crimson dropped 14-13.

The sabre squad's 33-12 mark propelled Harvard's efforts. Freshman Adrienne Jarocki paced all Harvard fencers, as the sabre fencer finished the day with a 13-2 record. Senior Alexandra Kiefer and junior Nina van Loon led the foil and epee fencers with a 9-6 performance each.

Against Penn State Harvard won the sabre, 6-3, and foil, 5-4, but fell in the epee. In its meeting with the Ivy league opponent the Crimson sabre squad swept the Lions, 9-0, but Columbia tallied 9-0 and 6-3 victories in the foil and epee, respectively, to hand Harvard its first defeat of the year. Jarocki and Kiefer went unbeaten in both matches.

Harvard downed Notre Dame for the first time in program history in round three behind a 7-2 victory in the sabre, which included unblemished bouts from junior Emma Vaggo (2-0) and sophomore Sarah Tillman (3-0). The Crimson posted a 6-3 win in the epee, but dropped the foil, 3-6. 

Ohio State took the sabre and foil, 5-4, respectively. The Crimson bested the Buckeyes in the epee behind a 3-0 mark from van Loon.

Jarocki and junior Kara Lee posted 3-0 records in the sabre against St. John's to help Harvard win the weapon, 7-2, but dropped the foil, 4-5, and epee, 2-7.

The Crimson looks to capture its fourth Ivy League title when it travels to Providence, R.I., Feb. 8-9.

Results

Round 1: No. 2 Harvard defeated No. 4 Penn State, 15-12
Epee (4-5): Tillman 1-2 / Vaggo 1-2 / van Loon 2-1
Foil (5-4): Kiefer 3-0 / Nelson 1-2 / Yamin 1-2
Sabre (6-3): Itzkowitz 2-1 / Jarocki 3-0 / Lee 1-2

Round 2: No. 2 Harvard lost to No. 6 Columbia, 15-12
Epee (3-6): Tillman 1-2 / Vaggo 0-3 / van Loon 2-1
Foil (0-9): Kiefer 0-3 / Nelson 0-3 / Yamin 0-3
Sabre (9-0): Itzkowtiz 3-0 / Jarocki 3-0 / Lee 3-0

Round 3: No. 2 Harvard defeated No. 3 Notre Dame, 16-11
Epee (6-3): Juang 0-1 / Tilman 3-0 / Vaggo 1-2 / van Loon 2-0
Foil (3-6): Kiefer 1-2 / Nelson 1-2 / Yamin 1-2
Sabre (7-2): Itzkowitz 3-0 / Jarocki 2-1 / Lee 2-1

Round 4: No. 2 Harvard lost to No. 5 Ohio State, 14-13
Epee (5-4): Tillman 2-1 / Vaggo 1-2 / van Loon 3-0
Foil (4-5): Kiefer 3-0 / Nelson 0-3 / Yamin 1-2
Sabre (4-5): Itzkowitz 1-2 / Jarocki 2-1 / Lee 1-2

Round 5: No. 2 Harvard lost to No. 10 St. John's, 14-13
Epee (2-7): Tillman 1-2 / Vaggo 0-3 / van Loon 1-2
Foil (4-5): Kiefer 2-1 / Nelson 1-2 / Yamin 1-2
Sabre (7-2): Helgiu 0-1 / Itzkowtiz 1-1 / Jarocki 3-0 / Lee 2-0