Women’s Fencing Downs Tufts, 22-5, in Season Opener

Women’s Fencing Downs Tufts, 22-5, in Season Opener

The Crimson recorded its 21st straight victory over the Jumbos (photo courtesy Gil Talbot). 

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The Harvard women's fencing team opened its season with a 22-5 victory over Tufts at the Malkin Athletic Center Thursday evening. The Crimson's foil and sabre squads went 8-1 while the epee team posted a 6-3 score. 

Harvard (1-0) continued its dominance at home winning its 34-straight match in Cambridge, a streak that extends to the 2002-03 season. The win also stretches the Crimson's undefeated streak against the Jumbos (0-1) to 21 matches.  

Five fencers went unbeaten highlighted by foil fencer Alexandra Kiefer's performance. The senior allowed zero touches against in each of her bouts to go 3-0. Also in the foil, freshman Hali Nelson made her debut with a perfect 3-0 mark.  

Three sabre fencers went perfect on the strip paced by sophomore Aliya Itzkowitz who swept all three of her competitors against the cross-town squad. Freshman Adrienne Jarocki went 2-0 while senior Elena Helgiu notched a victory to finish 1-0. Junior Kara Lee rounded out the Crimson saber fencers with a 2-1 mark. 

Isabel D'iTella led the epeeist's performance. The sophomore downed each of her competitors to start her collegiate career 3-0. D'iTella's classmates Nina van Loon and Sarah Tillman went 2-1 and 1-1, respectively. Freshman Caroline Juang dropped her single bout.  

Harvard will travel to Fairfield, Conn., Sunday, Dec. 8 for the Tradition Tournament.