No. 4 Harvard Women’s Fencing Hosts Ninth-Annual Beanpot

Jarocki leads the team with a 35-1 record in the saber this season (Ivy League).   

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard fencing hosts the ninth-annual Beanpot at the Malkin Athletic Center Wednesday, Feb. 10. This will be the second time that the Crimson will be hosting the event against Boston College, Brandeis and MIT, which will be broadcast on the Ivy League Digital Network starting at 6 p.m. 

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About the Ivy League Digital Network
The Ivy League Digital Network returns for a third season as the home for all live streaming and on-demand video content for each of the conference's eight institutions. Broadcast in full HD and featuring a live score bug and play-by-play and color commentary, the Ivy League Digital Network provides fans with unprecedented access to the Ancient Eight. 

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About the Beanpot
The fencing Beanpot has been played since 2008 and Harvard has claimed the title in all eight years, beating out cross town rivals Boston College, Brandeis and MIT. Bill Spaulding, Chris Boscherini, and assistant coach Michael Brand will be commentating the event on the Ivy League Digital Network.


Wednesday, Feb. 10       
6:00 p.m.
7:15 p.m.
8:15 p.m. 
Strips 1-5
Harvard vs. Brandeis
Harvard vs. MIT
Harvard vs. Boston College     
Strips 6-10
MIT vs. Boston College
Brandeis vs. Boston College
Brandeis vs. MIT 

The Beanpot Series

Harvard leads the series against all Beanpot opponents, with its longest streak against Boston College with 16 victories.

School Record Last Played Score Streak
vs. Boston College   
vs. Brandeis
vs. MIT 
16-0, Harvard leads
31-6, Harvard leads
29-12, Harvard leads       
Feb. 11, 2015    
Feb. 11, 2015
Feb. 11, 2015     
W, 19-8    
W, 21-6
W, 21-6     

Last Time Out
The Harvard women's fencing team finished tied for first along with Princeton and Columbia at the Ivy League Championships, this past weekend. The Crimson posted a 5-1 record and ended the day taking home its fourth title. Adrienne Jarocki and Aliya Itzkowitz, were selected for the All-Ivy League first team. Jarocki finished the weekend with a 17-1 mark, the best saber fencer at the round robin event, while Itzkowitz followed her tallying a 14-4 record. Gabby Tartakovsky, was named to All-Ivy League second team, posting a sixth-place overall mark as a saber fencer. Teammate Shawn Wallace ended the two-day event on the All-Ivy League second team, as well, with her 13-5 record.

In the Ranks
*as of Jan. 29, 2016
1. Columbia
2. Notre Dame
3. Princeton
4. Harvard
5. Northwestern
6. Ohio State
7. St. John's
8. Pennsylvania
9. Penn State
10. Temple

Date Rank
Jan. 15    
Jan. 29 
No. 4
No. 4  

Related Link: Fencing Coaches Poll

By the Numbers
Eleven fencers sport a record above .500, with three winning 30-or-more bouts. The team has combined to win 231 individual matches, putting its winning percentage at .724.




Winning %

Adrienne Jarocki




Aliya Itzkowitz




Shawn Wallace




Hellary Zhang




Gabby Tartakovsky




MacKenzie Lawrence




Hali Nelson




Julia Carstens




Liana Yamin




Liana Henderson-Semel          




Sharon Ra




Leading the Way
Head coach Peter Brand is in his 17th season at the helm for the Crimson, which has posted a winning record in the last 14 seasons under his watch. Harvard has won eight Ivy League Championships during his tenure, while also winning the 2006 National Championship. Brand owns a 221-68-1 record on the women's side and has coached a combined 47 All-Americans at Harvard. 

Last Season
Harvard went 13-5-1 during the 2014-15 season, finishing seventh as a team at the NCAA Championships. Returner Adrienne Jarocki earned first team All-America honors for the second-straight season, along with Aliya Itzkowitz who received All-America honorable mention. Harvard returns six letterwinners from last year's squad: saber fencers Aliya Itzkowitz, Adrienne Jarocki, foil fencers Mackenzie Lawrence, Hali NelsonLiana YaminHellary Zhang.  

Fresh Faces
Harvard added four women freshmen to the 2015-16 roster including Liana Henderson-Semel (foil), Sharon Ra (epee), Gabby Tartakovsky (sabre) and Shawn Wallace (epee).

Aye Aye, Captain
Adrienne Jarocki '17 and Liana Yamin '17 were named the captains for the 2015-16 campaign.

Coming Up
Harvard continues its 2016 season at the NCAA Northeast Regional, hosted by Vassar at the Walker Field House, Sunday, March 13. The top fencers at the event will have the opportunity to compete at the NCAA Championships.