No. 3 Women’s Fencing Sweeps its Way to Seventh-Straight Beanpot Title

Kiefer's unbeaten mark helped the Crimson to its seventh Beanpot crown (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Since its inception seven years ago, the women's fencing Beanpot has only seen one victor and the 2014 battle for the title of the best of Beantown was no different as the No. 3 Harvard women's fencing team downed Boston College, MIT and Brandeis Wednesday night at duPont Gymnasium to capture the crown again.

The Crimson (16-4, 5-1 Ivy) downed Boston College, 24-3, bested Cambridge neighbor MIT, 20-7, and earned a 22-5 victory over Brandeis to hoist its seventh Beanpot trophy in as many years.

Led by the foil squad's nearly perfect 26-1 performance, Harvard swept the three-school field in each weapon for the seventh-consecutive year. Senior Alexandra Kiefer and freshman Hali Nelson went unbeaten, 9-0, while rookie Liana Yamin only dropped a single bout to boast an 8-1 mark. The sabre's team 22-5 showing was propelled by senior Elena Helgiu who posted a 7-2 record. Junior Emma Vaggo went undefeated on the strip, 5-0, to pace the Crimson's epeeist's 18-9 effort.

Harvard will now prepare for the NCAA Northeast Regional, set for Sunday, March 9 at Wellesley College.

Harvard defeated Boston College, 24-3
Foil (9-0): Kiefer 3-0, Nelson 3-0, Yamin 3-0
Sabre (9-0): Helgiu 3-0, Itzkowitz 3-0, Jarocki 3-0
Epee (6-3): DiTella 2-1, Juang 0-1, Tillman 2-1, Vaggo 2-0

Harvard defeated MIT, 20-7
Foil (8-1): Kiefer 3-0, Nelson 3-0, Yamin 2-1
Sabre (6-3): Helgiu 2-1, Jarocki 2-1, Lee 2-1
Epee (6-3): DiTella 1-1, Juang 1-0, Tillman 2-1, van Loon, 2-1

Harvard defeated Brandeis, 22-5
Foil (9-0): Kiefer 3-0, Nelson 3-0, Yamin 3-0
Sabre (7-2): Helgiu 2-1, Itzkowitz 2-1, Lee 3-0
Epee (6-3): Juang 0-1, Tillman 1-2, Vaggo 3-0, van Loon 2-0