Feb. 8, 2014
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- No. 9 Northwestern continued its push toward the NCAA Championship at the end of March with another challening dual meet Saturday this time at the Castellan Family Fencing Center in South Bend, Ind. Notre Dame played host to several of the nation's top teams, including the Wildcats, who posted a 3-3 mark on the day.
The first test for NU came in the form of second-ranked Ohio State. For the second time in a couple of weeks, the Buckeyes got the best of the Wildcats as they notched an 18-9 victory in the opening round of the day. The epée squad, behind a pair of victories from both Kaitlyn Wallace and Mandeep Bhinder, won its matchup, 5-4, but the other two weapons fell by identical five-touch margins (7-2). Newcomer Cindy Oh picked up both wins in sabre for Northwestern against Ohio State.
After a down round, the Wildcats were pitted against the hosts, No. 4 Notre Dame. For the second time in less than a month, ND posted a victory over the 'Cats, this time by a final score of 20-7. In sabre, Oh added two more wins, as did freshman Ania Parzecki, to hlep that unit win 5-4. Sophomore Jen Yamin accounted for two wins in foil, as well.
The third round brought the first unfamiliar foe to the strips when the Wildcats tangled with No. 6 Penn State for the first time this season. Northwestern orchestrated a 6-3 victory in epée, but its other weapons fell 6-3 (foil) and 7-2 (sabre) and the Nittany Lions claimed the dual, 16-11. Wallace, Bhinder and sophomore Juliana Barrett won two bouts apiece against PSU.
The Wildcats finally got rolling during the afternoon session. Head coach Laurie Schiller's team ripped off an impressive 26-1 triumph over Cleveland State to secure its first team victory of the meet. Julia Abelsky and Cara Franke were unbeaten in three sabre bouts each; Alex Kain, Tina Umanskiy and Kimmy Fishman won three foil bouts apiece; finally, Wallace, Bhinder and Christina Allen all posted spotless sheets against the Vikings.
Northwestern faced little resistance from its next opponent, Detroit, en route to a second consecutive 26-1 win. Of note, Stella Pointeau, Sarah Bruhl and Alisha Gomez-Shah each picked up their first wins of the afternoon against the Titans.
NU's stay at the DeCicco Duals concluded with a 20-7 triumph over Wayne State. The foil and epée squads both won by a score of 7-2, while the sabre group won its showdown, 6-3. Another freshman, Stephanie Chan, excelled with three wins in the final action of the day.
Full individual results will be posted when they are available.
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