Jan. 26, 2013
Site: Philadelphia, Pa. (McGonigle Hall)
NU 16, Penn 11 (F: 5-4; E: 5-4; S: 6-4)
NU 24, Sacred Heart 3 (F: 8-1; E: 8-1; S: 8-1)
NU 23, Fairleigh Dickinson 4 (F: 8-1; E: 8-1; S: 7-2)
NU 15, Temple 12 (F: 5-4; E: 7-2; S: 3-6)
NU 25, Drew 2 (F: 8-1; E: 9-0; S: 8-1)
NU 17, Cornell 10 (F: 4-5; E: 8-1; S: 5-4)
NU Record: 22-0
Next NU Event: Sunday, Jan. 27-- at NYU Invitational (New York, N.Y.)
PHILADELPHIA -- No. 7 Northwestern opened its toughest weekend of the season with six more wins including a pair over top-10 opponents Saturday as the team remained undefeated on the season at the Philadelphia Invitational hosted by Temple University.
The Wildcats opened the day with a five-point triumph over No. 10 Penn. After taking out Sacred Heart and Fairleigh Dickinson without much resistance, Northwestern outlasted No. 9 Temple, 15-12 in its toughest battle of the day. NU concluded the day with two more decisive victories over Drew and Cornell. With the six victories, the 'Cats have extended their 2012-13 unbeaten streak to 22 consecutive duals.
A late-week schedule change had the 'Cats square off against No. 10 Penn in the opening round Saturday. Northwestern got off to a sluggish start and trailed the Quakers, 4-1, in the early going. After shaking out the early-morning cobwebs, the Wildcats roared back to win 15 of the final 22 bouts to post a 16-11 win. The foil and epée squads notched five wins apiece, while the sabre group won six of nine matchups.
NU rolled in its next round against Sacred Heart by notching a 24-3 triumph. All three squads performed well against the Pioneers by winning eight of their nine scheduled bouts.
The Wildcats also disposed of Fairleigh Dickinson with relative ease, 23-4. FDU's sabre squad was particularly formidable, but NU's group was able to prevail in each of the tightly contested bouts. Foil and epée accounted for eight wins apiece and sabre won an additional seven contests.
After breaking for lunch, Northwestern returned to the strips to face what figured to be its stiffest competition of the day in the form of ninth-ranked Temple. In two meetings last season, the Owls escaped with narrow one-point victories both times.
The first showdown of 2013 produced a much more positive result for the 'Cats. NU picked up critical wins in the final bouts in both foil and sabre to clinch a 15-12 victory over the hosts. On the strips at the same time, senior Dayana Sarkisova, who made her season debut on Saturday, picked up the match-clinching win in foil, while classmate Chloe Grainger picked up the 15th point moments later in sabre.
The Wildcats used the momentum gained by beating Temple to squash Drew, 25-2. The epée squad stitched together an undefeated round by winning all nine of its bouts, while the foil and sabre teams each won eight of nine battles.
In Saturday's final round, Northwestern was able to complete the clean sweep of the field by posting a 17-10 victory over Cornell. The epée squad continued to carry much of the load as it won eight bouts against the Big Red.
The Wildcats continue their busy weekend tomorrow in the Big Apple at the NYU Invitational. Northwestern will face three of the top four ranked teams including Notre Dame, Columbia and Ohio State at the Jerome S. Coles Sports Center in Manhattan. The action begins at 7 a.m. CT.
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