No. 6 Women's Fencing Welcomes NYU on Sunday

No. 6 Women's Fencing Welcomes NYU on Sunday
Matchup No. 6 Harvard vs. NYU
Date Feb. 4, 2018
Time 12 p.m.
Venue Malkin Athletic Center
Video Ivy League Network
Talent Eric Gallanty
Series Harvard leads, 19-0


CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 6 Harvard women's fencing team will return home to face NYU in dual play this Sunday, Feb. 4. The bout will be broadcast live on the Ivy League Network at 12 p.m. Harvard is currently 8-4 overall this season.

Last Time Out
The Crimson was challenged at the St. John's Invitational on Jan. 20, posting a 2-3 record over the tournament. No. 6 Harvard tallied a 14-13 win over No. 5 Ohio State and a 16-11 victory over No. 10 St. John's. The foil squad registered a 9-0 sweep against the host Red Storm. Harvard's effort came up short, falling to the top three teams in the country, No. 2 Columbia (9-18), No. 1 Notre Dame (9-18) and No. 3 Penn State (12-15).

Marta Lasota continues to lead sabre fencers with a 32-19 record, while Liana Henderson-Semel tops foil at 39-13 and Cindy Gao comes in at 31-5 in epee.

Scouting NYU
The Violets head into the weekend with a 6-12 record, last competing at the Philadelphia Invitational and posting a 5-5 record. The women are led by Tiffany Luong in foil who has registered a 37-15 record this season.

The Crimson last faced NYU at the Tradition Tournament on Dec. 3, defeating the Violets 22-5. In the all-time series, Harvard has yet to drop a bout to NYU, leading 19-0.

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 is in the midst of 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. 

What's Next?
Harvard will quickly return to action Feb. 10-11 for the Ivy League Championships in Princeton, N.J. The tournament will be broadcast live on the Ivy League Network.