Jan. 25, 2014
Coles Sports Center New York, N.Y.
NYU Invitational Results
NEW YORK CITY -- No. 7 Northwestern began its two-day swing through the East Coast Saturday by taking on six foes at the NYU Invitational inside the Coles Sports Center in New York City. The 'Cats split their six duals to move to 19-3 on the season.
The morning began with a showdown against Columbia, the squad ranked one spot ahead of the Wildcats in the first edition of the CollegeFencing360.com coaches poll that was released Thursday. Northwestern's sabre squad notched six wins, but the foil and epée units combined to win just five more, helping Columbia to a 16-11 triumph. In sabre, freshman Julia Abelsky went 3-0 for NU against the Lions. During foil, sophomore Jen Yamin went 2-1 with one of her victories coming against 2012 United States Olympian, Nzingha Prescod (5-4).
The 'Cats bounced back right away to knock off Yale, a team that is receiving votes in the CF360 poll, in convincing fashion. The sabre squad won six more bouts for NU, and this time, the foil and epée squads won seven bouts apiece to help secure a 20-7 victory. Abelsky added two more victories for the 'Cats in sabre, while squad captain Cara Franke added a pair as well. Freshman Stephanie Chan led the charge in foil for NU with a spotless 3-0 mark against the Bulldogs, while 2013 All-American Courtney Dumas secured three wins for the epée unit.
After knocking off the Bulldogs, Northwestern tangled with a pair of Midwest Fencing Conference rivals in back-to-back fashion. First up would be third-ranked Notre Dame. The sabre and epée squads won five and four bouts, respectively, but the Fighting Irish posted a clean sweep in foil, winning all nine bouts, to secure an 18-9 victory. Abelsky won three of NU's five foil bouts, while two-time All-American Dinz Bazarbayeva won twice for the Wildcats against their regional rivals.
Following a loss to Notre Dame, the Wildcats were faced with the task of fencing against No. 5 Ohio State. The Buckeyes handled the 'Cats with relative ease, winning 23-4. Bazarbayeva (2), Dumas and Cindy Oh accounted for Northwestern's victories against the Buckeyes.
After a break for lunch, the 'Cats returned with a vengeance and throttled both Wayne State and NYU. NU toppled WSU, 24-3 behind a 9-0 sweep in epée thanks to strong efforts from Dumas, Mandeep Bhinder and Juliana Barrett. Mary Spohn won all three of her foil bouts, while Yamin and Katherine Kim were victorious two times apiece.
In the final against NYU, Bazarbayeva teamed with Bhinder and Barrett to post another 9-0 sweep. The sabre squad won seven bouts and foil added six more to bring the final tally to 22-5 in favor of NU. Abelsky won two more times against the Violets and Ania Parzecki picked up two victories as well.
Results from all NU bouts are available in the PDF at the top of the page.
Northwestern will travel approximately 100 miles south for its second competition in as many days Sunday. The Wildcats will invade the City of Brotherly love for the Philadelphia Invitational, hosted by Penn, where they will face two more ranked teams and three others that are also receiving votes. NU opens against Johns Hopkins at 7:30 a.m. CT before taking on No. 9 Temple and No. 8 Penn. After a break, the 'Cats will conclude the weekend with duals against Cornell and Sacred Heart.
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