Tufts Women Start Northeast Fencing Conference Action at BC on Sunday

Lucy Pavlovich had a good day for the Jumbos in sabre bouts

CHESTNUT HILL, MA - The Tufts University women's fencing team opened 2018 Northeast Fencing Conference action on Sunday at Boston College. The Jumbos won 15-12 against Dartmouth, but took losses to Vassar (14-13), Brandeis (16-11), MIT (16-11), Boston College (21-6) and Brown (23-4).

In the win over Dartmouth, Tufts posted a 7-2 final in the foil weapon. Both junior Zoe Howard and freshman Georgia Kollias won all three of their bouts in foil. For the epee division, the Jumbos snuck a 5-4 win as junior Annie Ayala won all three of her matches and sophomore Brie Gates had the other two. Tufts won two out of three in the third round of epee to come from behind to win.

Verus Vassar, Tufts won in two of the three weapons (epee and foil) but were edged in the final score. In epee, senior Bridget Marturano won all three of her bouts and classmate Nayab Ajaz took two as Tufts won 6-3. Up 4-2 after two rounds of epee against Vassar, the Jumbos needed just one more win to clinch it and they got it from Gates.

Depite the team loss to Brandeis, Tufts dominated in sabre. Marturano had a 3-0 record, as did sophomore Lucy Pavlovich, while Ajaz finished 2-1 as Tufts won the event 8-1.

Against MIT the Jumbo foil squad was down 4-2 affter two rounds, but made it interesting. Howard and Kollias both scored third-round victories, but MIT won the other to squeak out a 5-4 final. Marturano continued her excellent fencing in sabre, winning three matches to lead the Jumbos to a 6-3 win there.

The Jumbo highlight in the Boston College match was a closely contested foil event. The teams were tied 3-3 after two rounds before the Eagles took two out of three in the third. Howard was undefeated for Tufts in the match.

Tufts scored two points in both foil and sabre against Brown. Howard and Kollias had wins in foil and Marturano had a pair of victories in sabre.

The Jumbos compete next in two weeks at another Northeast Fencing Conference multi-meet hosted by Smith on February 10.