Women’s Fencing Hosts Tufts and Wellesley

Women’s Fencing Hosts Tufts and Wellesley

Harvard vs. Tufts
 Harvard vs. Wellesley 

Date Dec. 5, 2017
Time 6 p.m.
Venue Malkin Athletic Center
Video Ivy League Network
Talent Alex Vispoli | Duncan Rehingans-Yoo

Harvard leads Tufts, 23-0
Harvard leads Wellesley, 21-5 

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's fencing team is set to open its home slate this Tuesday, Dec. 5 hosting Tufts and Wellesley at the Malkin Athletic Center at 6 p.m. The match will be broadcast live on the Ivy League Network.

Last Time Out
The women are coming off a strong weekend at the Tradition Tournament, posting a 4-1 record this past Sunday. The underclassmen excelled for the Crimson over the course of the tournament with both Natalie Yang and Cindy Gao tallying 14-1 records and Marta Lasota recording a 12-3 mark. Harvard defeated Vassar, Penn State, NYU and Sacred Heart.

After two tournaments this season, Natalie Yang leads foil with a 23-4 record, Marta Lasota tops sabre with a 21-12 mark and Cindy Gao paces epee with a 27-4 tally.  
Scouting Tufts
The Jumbos completed their 2016-17 season finishing fourth out of 14 at the NEIFC Championships. Tufts returns 16 members of its squad, including four who qualified for the NCAA Regional tournament last spring.

The Crimson defeated Tufts 25-2 in dual play last year, extending its all-time series lead to 23-0.

Scouting Wellesley
The Blue ended its 2016-17 season with a 16-14 overall record in team competition, sending seven fencers to the NCAA Northeast Regional tournament. Thus far in the 2017-18 season, Wellesley has posted winning records in two of their three tournaments.

Harvard holds a 21-5 lead in its all-time series against Wellesley, last defeating them 25-2 in 2016.

Last Season
Harvard finished its 2016-17 campaign with a 14-8 overall record, posting a 3-3 mark against Ivy League competitors. The Crimson sent 11 fencers to the NCAA Championships, including six members of the women's team who finished fifth overall: Gabrielle Tartakovsky, MacKenzie Lawrence, Sharon Ra and Shawn Wallace, along with graduated seniors Adrienne Jarocki and Hali Nelson. Placing fifth overall at the NCAA Championships, Harvard clinched its highest placement since the 2013-14 season.

Fresh Faces
The Crimson welcomes two members to the squad representing the class of 2021: epee fencers Cindy Gao and Saanchi Kukadia.

Dual Threat
Senior MacKenzie Lawrence and junior Sharon Ra will serve as captains for the 2017-18 season. Lawrence finished last season with 44 wins and a 21st-place finish at the NCAA Championships. Ra concluded her sophomore season with a total of 63 wins, eight of which were at the NCAA Championships. Both Lawrence and Ra appeared at the Ivy League Championships last year, helping the Crimson earn a fourth-place finish. 

At the Helm
Head coach Peter Brand enters his 19th season as head coach for the Crimson, which has posted a winning record in each of the last 16 seasons under his watch. Harvard has won eight Ivy League Championships during his tenure, while also winning the 2006 National Championship. Brand owns a 250-82 record on the women's side and has coached a combined 47 All-Americans at Harvard. 

The Ivy League Network
The Ivy League Network returns for a fifth 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 Network provides fans with unprecedented access to the Ancient Eight.

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What's Next?
The women take a break from competition and return next on Jan. 20th at the St. John's Invitational in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.