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    Northwestern Earns Split at NYU Invitational

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Kaitlyn Wallace and her epée squad teammates did not lose a bout in the final two rounds Sunday.
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    Kaitlyn Wallace and her epée squad teammates did not lose a bout in the final two rounds Sunday.
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    Jan. 27, 2013

    Site: New York N.Y. (Jerome S. Coles Sports Center)
    Scores:
    NU 11, Columbia 16 (F: 2-7; E: 5-4; S: 4-5)
    NU 18, Yale 9 (F: 6-3; E: 7-2; S: 5-4)
    NU 8, Notre Dame 19 (F: 3-6; E: 2-7; S: 3-6)
    NU 9, Ohio State 18 (F: 6-3; E: 2-7; S: 1-8)
    NU 21, Wayne State 6 (F: 5-4; E: 9-0; S: 7-2)
    NU 23, NYU 4 (F: 8-1; E: 9-0; S: 6-3)
    NU Record: 25-3
    Next NU Event: Feb. 2-3-- NU Duals (Evanston, Ill.)

    NEW YORK CITY -- No. 7 Northwestern concluded its busiest weekend of the season by earning a split of six matches at the NYU Invitational in New York City. The Wildcats knocked off Yale, Wayne State and NYU, while they fell to three of the nation's top four teams as ranked by CollegeFencing360.com.

    Northwestern suffered its first loss of the season in the opening round of the day against No. 3 Columbia. The Wildcats secured an early lead, but were unable to maintain it throughout the duration of the match as they fell, 16-11.

    The 'Cats got right back in the win column the next round when they fenced against the Yale Bulldogs. NU notched an 18-9 triumph and head coach Laurie Schiller took the opportunity to work 13 different student-athletes into the rotation during the match. Dina Bazarbayeva (epée) and Alicia Gurrieri (sabre) each collected three wins for Northwestern against Yale.

    The third round saw NU square off against the first of two Midwest Fencing Conference rivals Sunday in the form of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Second-ranked Notre Dame won the battle, 19-8, but many bouts were extremely close with five being decided by a single touch.

     

     

    The tough road continued for the Wildcats against the defending National Champions, Ohio State. The second-ranked Buckeyes were too much for NU to handle on this day as they emerged victoriously, 18-9. Northwestern will get a second crack against OSU next weekend when the two teams square off on Saturday, Feb. 2 at the NU Duals.

    After back-to-back of tough-luck losses to Notre Dame and Ohio State, the 'Cats roared right back to dominate both Wayne State and the host team from NYU to conclude the meet. Northwestern hammered the two opponents by a combined score of 44-10; the epée squad comprised of Bazarbayeva, Kate Cavanaugh, Courtney Dumas and Kaitlyn Wallace joined forces to collect 18 of those wins without losing a bout in the two rounds.

    The Wildcats return home for the second installment of the NU Duals Feb. 2-3. Northwestern welcomes UC San Diego, Temple, Ohio State, Fairleigh Dickinson and Cal Tech on Feb. 2 before taking on Stanford, North Carolina, Princeton, Detroit and Cleveland State on Feb. 3. All of the action will take place on campus at the Henry Crown Sports Pavilion beginning at 8 a.m. each day. Prior to the start of competition on Sunday, Northwestern's eight seniors will be honored in a brief ceremony for their contributions to the program.

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