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    Wildcats Crush Eight of Nine Opponents at Notre Dame Duals

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Chloe McGuffin was one of several 'Cats to see her first action of the season on Saturday.
    Chloe McGuffin was one of several 'Cats to see her first action of the season on Saturday.

    Jan. 28, 2012

    Site: South Bend, Ind. (Joyce Center Fieldhouse )
    Northwestern 25, Lawrence 2 (F: 9-0, E: 9-0, S: 7-2)
    Northwestern 27, Detroit 0 (All 9-0)
    Northwestern 26, Chicago 1 (F: 9-0, E: 8-1, S: 9-0)
    Northwestern 27, Case Western 0 (All 9-0)
    Northwestern 27, Cleveland State 0 (All 9-0)
    Northwestern 26, Florida 1 (F: 8-1, E: 9-0, S: 9-0)
    Northwestern 25, Iowa 2 (F: 9-0, E: 8-1, S: 8-1)
    Northwestern 25, Wayne State 2 (F: 9-0, E: 8-1, S: 8-1)
    Notre Dame 17, Northwestern 10 (F: 5-4, E: 4-5, S: 1-8)
    Record: NU: 22-5
    Next NU Event: Feb. 4-5 -- NU Duals (Henry Crown Sports Pavilion), All Day

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Northwestern seemed to move effortlessly through its first eight opponents at the Notre Dame Duals in South Bend, Ind. on Saturday, but the Wildcats could not get past the host school in the day's final dual, falling 17-10.

    The Wildcats were not challenged throughout much of the day, allowing several fresh faces to see some early action. Mary Spohn (Toluca Lake, Calif./Mayfield Senior), Tina Umanskiy (Cleveland, Ohio/Univ. of Chicago Lab), Kerry Bickford (Basking Ridge, N.J./Pingry), Sara Bruhl (Fairfield, Conn./Ludlowe) and Chloe McGuffin (Lexington, Mass./BU Academy) were among the NU fencers to see their first action of the season on Saturday.



    Northwestern ran through Lawrence, Detroit, Chicago, Case Western, Cleveland State, Florida and Iowa with ease. The Wildcats outscored those seven opponents by a combined score of 183-6 and did not surrender a single bout versus Detroit, Case Western and Cleveland State.

    After knocking off Wayne State at the NYU Invitational last Sunday, 20-7, the 'Cats faced the Warriors again on Saturday. Northwestern bounded back with authority this time around, knocking off WSU, 25-2. The foil squad had a particularly strong comeback. After losing five of nine bouts at NYU, the foilists swept all nine contests with their weapon this time around.

    The day concluded with the matchup that everyone had been looking forward to all day long, another tilt with the defending national champions, Notre Dame. The dual was contested with each weapon separately to accommodate a local television broadcast in South Bend. In the first weapon, sabre, it was all Irish as they posted an 8-1 victory.

    The first foil round got off to a good start for the Wildcats as they won each of the three bouts. Notre Dame managed to win a pair of bouts in the second round, but heading into the final round of foil, Northwestern continued to lead, 4-2. The third round followed a similar pattern with Northwestern winning one of three bouts to claim victory in the weapon, 5-4. After two weapons were complete, Notre Dame led, 12-6, with epée remaining.

    The epée was another hard fought contest between two of the top squads in the country. In another one-point battle, the Fighting Irish ended on top, winning, 5-4. That was enough to give them a 17-10 dual win.

    "We fought hard," said head coach Laurie Schiller. "Obviously we always want to win, but I'm not disappointed in the effort we gave."

    The Wildcats will host the first of two straight dual meets at home next weekend as they welcome nine tough opponents to Evanston. The Northwestern Duals will be Saturday, Feb. 4 and Sunday, Feb. 5 at the Henry Crown Sports Pavilion. Competition begins on Saturday at 8 a.m.


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