Feb. 4, 2012
Site: Evanston, Ill. (Henry Crown Sports Pavilion)
Northwestern 18, Fairleigh Dickinson 9 (F: 7-2, E: 6-3, S: 5-4)
Northwestern 22, Stanford 5 (F: 7-2, E: 8-1, S: 7-2)
Temple 14, Northwestern 13 (F: 4-5, E: 5-4, S: 4-5)
Princeton 17, Northwestern 10 (F: 6-3, E: 3-6, S: 1-8)
Northwestern 19, Stevens Tech, 8 (F: 5-4, E: 7-2, S: 7-2)
Record: NU (25-7)
Next NU Event: Sunday, Feb. 5 -- Northwestern Duals (Evanston, Ill.), 8 a.m.
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Competing for the first time this season on its home turf, Northwestern fencing opened the first day of its namesake duals with three victories at the Henry Crown Sports Pavilion. The three triumphs give NU head coach Laurie Schiller an even 1,100 in his illustrious career.
The Wildcats (25-7) began the day by honoring its seven-member senior class in a ceremony on strip one. Kerry Bickford (Basking Ridge, N.J./Pingry) Annelise Eeman (St. Louis Park, Minn./St. Louis Park), Rebecca Grohman (South Orange, N.J./Columbia), Chloe McGuffin (Lexington, Mass./BU Academy), Devynn Patterson (Seattle, Wash./Roosevelt), Camille Provencal (St. Paul, Minn./Central) and Ariel Stein (New York, N.Y./Riverdale Country School) were each recognized and thanked for their contributions to the Northwestern community over the past four years.
When the fencing began, Northwestern got off to a slow start against Fairleigh Dickinson. The Wildcats used a mixed lineup to steady the course and move past FDU, 18-9. NU's next opponent featured a rematch from the Western Invitational and once again the purple and white came out on top, 22-5. The epée squad paced the 'Cats against the Cardinal with eight wins.
The next matchup featured another rematch against a previous opponent in the Temple Owls. When the Wildcats and Owls faced off at the Philadelphia Invitational, Temple emerged with a 14-13 victory. The second time around in Evanston produced a similar result, a one-point win for the Owls.
Northwestern was also tripped up by Princeton in its next dual, 17-10.
Looking to end the afternoon on a high note, the Wildcats did just that with a triumph over Stevens Tech. Northwestern won 19 bouts, while falling short in just eight. Both the epée and sabre squads won seven times apiece to secure the victory, the 1,100th of Schiller's career.
"I didn't talk to the team about it until after it happened because I didn't want them to think about it," said Schiller of his 1,100th career victory. "I haven't really been thinking about. I was hoping we would get it earlier in the morning, but overall we're fencing pretty well. We had some good bout against Temple and Princeton."
The Northwestern Duals continue Sunday at 8 a.m. The Wildcats first action will be at 9 a.m. against UC-San Diego.
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