No. 8 Harvard Women's Fencing Competes at St. John's Invitational

No. 8 Harvard Women's Fencing Competes at St. John's Invitational

Alexandra Kiefer went 13-2 Saturday (Gil Talbot).

QUEENS, N.Y. – The No. 8 Harvard women's fencing team began the 2013 calendar year at the St. John's Invitational Saturday afternoon, as the Crimson faced some of the toughest competition in the nation.

Harvard dropped five close matches Saturday, slipping to 5-6 on the year. The Crimson fell to No. 3 Columbia and No. 5 Penn State by narrow, 14-13 margins, and dropped a contest to No. 2 Notre Dame, 15-12. No. 4 Ohio State held off Harvard, 17-10, and No. 6 St. John's topped the Crimson by a 16-11 score.

Alexandra Kiefer led the Crimson with a 13-2 record in the women's foil, going 3-0 in three matches.

Against Columbia, Harvard won the sabre, 6-3, and the epee, 5-4, but the Lions held a 7-2 edge in the foil. The Crimson took the sabre and epee, 5-4, against the Nittany Lions, but Penn State clinched the match by winning the foil, 6-3.

The Crimson earned a 5-4 victory in the epee against Notre Dame, but dropped the other two weapons, 6-3 in the sabre, and 5-4 in the foil. Harvard won the foil against the Buckeyes, but fell, 5-4, in the epee, and 9-0 in the sabre. The Red Storm took all three weapons against the Crimson, including 5-4 in the sabre and epee and 6-3 in the foil.

Nina van Loon and Emma Vaggo each picked up eight victories in the women's epee. Aliya Itzkowitz earned eight wins in the women's sabre, while Kara Lee had six victories.

The Crimson will host the Ivy League Championships at Gordon Indoor Track Feb. 9-10.