|Bridget Marturano contributed to a strong sabre performance|
POUGHKEEPSIE, NY - The Tufts University Women's Fencing team posted a 4-3 record at its 2015-16 season-opening scrimmage at Vassar College on Sunday.
The Jumbos earned wins over Queens (21-6), Hunter (18-9), Yesheva (25-2) and City College of New York (15-12). The losses came versus Stevens (16-11), Northwestern (26-1) and Cornell (24-3).
Tufts opened with action against Stevens. The Jumbos won in the nine epee matches 5-4, but took 6-3 losses in sabre and foil. Junior Chandler Coble and sophomore Grace Tellado both won two of three in epee.
The first team win of the season came against Queens. Tufts posted 7-2 victories in all three weapons. Senior Alexandra Boden and sophomore Bridget Marturano both recorded 3-0 records in sabre matches. The Jumbos won the first six matches in foil with sophomore Julia O'Gara and freshman Zoe Howard winning twice. Senior Julia Malleck and sophomore Anne Oursler won all three of their epee matches.
An 8-1 victory in sabre led Tufts to its win against Hunter. Boden and sophomore Nayab Ajaz both earned 3-0 sabre records. In epee, after losing all three first round bouts, Jumbos Coble, Oursler and Tellado rallied to win the remaining six matches.
Northwestern, the #6 team in the final CollegeFencing360.com national poll last year, overwhelmed the Jumbos. Tufts' lone victory came in the second round of foil matches by Howard.
Another difficult match against a strong Cornell squad followed. Tufts' three victories came from Marturano in the final sabre match and by Coble in the first round of epee and Oursler's second-round epee contest.
Tufts rebounded with a rout of their own against Yesheva. They were a perfect 9-0 in foil and posted 8-1 records in sabre and epee. Newcomers Siming Chen, YooJin Yoon and Cami Gil Ramirez added wins to the foil group. Marturano and Boden won each of their three sabre rounds, as did Malleck and Coble in epee.
The Jumbos concluded their long opening day with a close win over CCNY. A 9-0 record in sabre was the difference as Tufts lost 6-3 in both foil and epee. Marturano and Ajaz went 3-0 in sabre to lead the way.
Head coach Carlos Bruno's team will next be in action at Harvard on December 6.