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    Wildcats Remain Unbeaten at Western Invitational

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Freshman Mikela Goldstein and the foil squad did not lose a single round during the Western Invitational Saturday.
    Freshman Mikela Goldstein and the foil squad did not lose a single round during the Western Invitational Saturday.

    Jan. 12, 2013

    Site: Pasadena, Calif. (Brown Gymnasium)
    NU 23, UC San Diego 4 (E: 8-1; F: 8-1; S: 7-2)
    NU 25, Florida 2 (E: 9-0; F: 9-0; S: 7-2)
    NU 21, Air Force 6 (E: 7-2; F: 5-4; S: 9-0)
    NU 15, Stanford 12 (E: 3-6; F: 8-1; S: 4-5)
    NU 25, Cal Tech 2 (E: 8-1; F: 9-0; S: 8-1)
    Record: NU (16-0)
    Next NU Event: Jan. 18-21 -- at USFA January North American Cup (Louisville, Ky.)

    Western Invitational Results Get Acrobat Reader

    PASADENA, Calif.-- Fencing in its first team competition in just under a month, Northwestern showed no signs of rust Saturday as it spun off five-straight victories at the Western Invitational in Pasadena, Calif. The Wildcats posted a cumulative score of 109-26 against their five out-of-region foes.

    With five more team wins on Saturday, Northwestern's 2012-13 dual meet record now stands at a spotless 16-0.

    The Wildcats began the morning at Brown Gymnasium against UC San Diego. NU was met with little resistance in its opening round as the three squads combined to cast aside the Tritons, 23-4. The epée and foil units won eight bouts apiece and the sabre squad claimed victory in seven of nine opportunities.

    Northwestern next faced Florida, the event's lone club team, for the second time this season. After defeating the Gators 27-0 at the NU Duals on Nov. 16, the Wildcats had little trouble a second time around as they cruised to a 25-2 triumph.

    The day's next opponent, Air Force, presented the stiffest competition of the season to date. Northwestern's foilists worked together to put together a thrilling 5-4 victory, while the epée squad won seven of nine bouts against the Falcons and the sabre group posted its first shutout of the afternoon, a 9-0 sweep.

    Stanford pushed Northwestern to the brink in the fourth round of the day. The Cardinal won more bouts in both epée (6-3) and sabre (5-4), but the Wildcats' dominant 8-1 victory in foil helped overcome those deficits to help NU win the dual by its closest margin of the day, three bouts, 15-12.

    The 'Cats closed out the Western Invitational by taking on the host school, Cal Tech. NU bounced back after its scare against Stanford to crush the Beavers, 25-2. The foil squad went undefeated in the match, while epée and sabre each won eight of nine bouts.

    Every Northwestern fencer who took to the strips posted at least four victories in competition. Freshman Charlotte Sands posted a team-best 13 victories for the foil squad, while senior captain Alicia Gurrieri won 12 sabre bouts. Courtney Dumas led the epée unit with 11 triumphs. Jen Yamin, Kate Cavanaugh and Chloe Grainger also posted double-digit wins at the Western Invitational.

    Select members of Northwestern's team will travel to Louisville, Ky. next weekend for the USA Fencing January North American Cup. The next team competition for the 'Cats will be on Jan. 26 at the Philadelphia Invitational. The following day head coach Laurie Schiller's group will travel to New York City for the NYU Invitational.


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