Feb. 3, 2013
Site: Evanston, Ill. (Henry Crown Sports Pavilion)
NU 18, Stanford 9 (F: 9-0; E: 3-6; S: 6-3)
NU 22, UNC 5 (F: 9-0, E: 7-2; S: 6-3)
PRIN 15, NU 12 (F: 5-4; E: 6-3; S: 7-2)
NU 25, DET 2 (F: 9-0; E: 9-0; S 7-2)
NU 25, CSU 2 (F: 9-0; E: 7-2; S: 9-0)
NU Record: 32-6
Next NU Event: Sunday, Feb. 10-- Duke Duals (Durham, N.C.)
EVANSTON, Ill.-- Seventh-ranked Northwestern celebrated Senior Day in style Sunday as the Wildcats posted four victories in five matches on the final day of the NU Duals. The Wildcats move to 32-6 overall this season after finishing 7-3 in their final home meet of the season.
With 32 wins this season, head coach Laurie Schiller's team has posted at least 30 wins in every season since 2004-05. It is the 11th time Schiller has guided the 'Cats to a minimum of 30 wins in his illustrious career.
Northwestern notched its third-consecutive win of the meet in the morning's opening round against the Stanford Cardinal. The foil squad blanked their foes and the sabre squad added six wins in an 18-9 triumph. Senior Dayana Sarkisova captained the foil group with three wins, while freshmen Charlotte Sands and Jen Yamin were also undefeated in three bouts apiece.
The foil squad continued its winning ways in the next match against the North Carolina Tar Heels. NU's bunch posted another 9-0 shutout to help the 'Cats topple UNC, 22-5. Mary Spohn, Katherine Kim and Mikela Goldstein added wins for the foil group. The epée squad posted seven wins in the round as well with Kaitlyn Wallace and Kendrick Mooney collecting their first wins of the day over the Tar Heels.
In what was arguably the best match of the day, Northwestern engaged in an epic battle against No. 1 Princeton. After 11 bouts, the Wildcats clung to a 7-4 lead, but the Tigers would not go away quickly. Courtney Dumas picked up her third win of the round to pull NU to within one at 13-12. Sarkisova was on the next strip fighting to stay alive and she battled to force overtime, but fell 4-3. Though NU's hope of an upset was dashed, the Wildcats never surrendered s they fell 15-12.
One of Dumas' wins was a 5-4 thriller over Susannah Scanlan, a 2012 United States Olympian. It was the second time in a week that the sophomore slayed a member of Team USA after she bested Notre Dame's Courtney Hurleyat the NYU Invitational on Jan. 27.
A 25-2 triumph over Detroit in the fourth round of the day proved to be another opportunity for several fresh faces to gain valuable experience. Sally Park, Helen Foster and Cara Franke picked up a pair of wins in epée and sabre, respectively.
The final match against Cleveland State followed a similar blueprint as NU cruised to a second-straight 25-2 win. The Wildcats fenced almost exclusively underclassmen in the final round and the freshmen and sophomores responded well. Tina Umanskiy, Spohn and Kim won foil bouts; Wallace was victorious in epée. Freshman Sarah Bruhl won her sabre bout and senior Alex Pollack, who is fencing sabre for the first time in her collegiate career won too.
Prior to the start of Sunday's competition Emily Bruhl, Kate Cavanaugh, Chloe Grainger, Alicia Gurrieri, Mooney, Pollack, Madeline Sachs, Sarkisova and team manager, Daniel Oh were honored by Schiller and Northwestern Vice President for Athletics and Recreation Jim Phillips in a brief ceremony for their contributions to the program over the past four seasons.
The Wildcats will travel to Duke University in Durham, N.C. for their next set of duals on Sunday, Feb. 10. NU will take on North Carolina, MIT, Penn State and the host Blue Devils at the one-day competition.
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