- The seventh-ranked Temple Fencing Team posted a 4-2 record on the first day of the Northwestern Duals, Saturday. The day began with a 21-6 win over Wayne State (MI), and featured identical meet scores of 7-2 recorded by all three squads.
In their second and third matches of the day, the Owls dominated with a 26-1 victory over Cleveland State, preceded by a 27-0 victory over the University of Detroit-Mercy.
In the fourth round, the Owls faced off against host fifth-ranked Northwestern for the second time this season. The Owls dropped their match to NU by a score of 10-17.
In the fifth round, Temple bounced back with a 21-6 victory over Western Region Powerhouse, Stanford University. The sabre squad recorded a perfect 9-0 score in this match against Stanford.
The day concluded with a hard-fought match with sixth-ranked Ohio State. Unfortunately, Temple was defeated 12-15, with the epee squad recording a 5-4 victory and foil narrowly losing 4-5.
Individually, the Temple Owls were led by senior All-American foilist Melissa Parker
, who went 10-3. Also, competing in foil were freshman Mikayla Varadi
(8-3) and sophomores Alyssa Lomuscio
(6-4), Danielle Jones
(4-0) and Cara Taggersell
Competing in sabre were junior Audrey Barroso
, who went 9-4 on the day, in addition to senior Christie Griffith
(8-4), sophomore Kamali Thompson
(7-3) and junior Samantha Pascarelli
Epee was lead by junior Alyssa Lombardi
who was 7-5, while junior Grace Wu
finished the day 6-5. Sophomore Jillian Bratton was 6-6 and sophomore Nicola Horscroft
who went 2-2.
“I was proud of the performance of the team today as they fought hard against some of the best competition in the country” said Coach Baker. “They worked very well together, showed great spirit and did an excellent job of supporting each other throughout the meet.”
All in all it was a challenging day as the team continues to compete against the top teams in the country. Tomorrow they are slated to fence second-ranked Notre Dame and ninth-ranked Princeton, as well as Regional rivals Farleigh Dickinson and Johns Hopkins.