Fencing Begins New Year With Successful Day At Philadelphia Invitational

Fencing Begins New Year With Successful Day At Philadelphia Invitational

PHILADELPHIA  – The Temple women's fencing team opened 2010 with a successful Saturday at the Philadelphia Invitational, hosted by the University of Pennsylvania. An overall mark of 4-1 on the day featured sophomore Kamali Thompson posting a perfect 11-0 record in sabre.

“This was a good start to the (dual meet) season,” said assistant coach Bradley Baker. “We got in a couple of meets against other top-10 programs, and really got a good chance for our athletes to get into the season.”

Opening the competition, the Owls faced off with Northwestern, who was the seventh-ranked women's fencing team in the nation last year. In a very hard fought match, TU lost 11-16, with foil and sabre each losing 4-5 and epee losing 3-6.

The next match had the Cherry and White pitted against cross-town rival and ninth-ranked Penn. This hard fought match had a different result, as Temple won 16-11 with foil going 7-2, sabre 6-3, and epee posting a 3-6 record. This was the first time the Owls had topped Penn during the career of the team's three seniors (Howell, Griffith, Parker).

In round three, Temple cruised by Sacred Heart 21-6, with all three squads posting winning records (Epee – 6-3, Foil – 8-1, Sabre – 7-2)

The day was capped off with a 23-4 victory over Farleigh Dickenson and a 27-0 shutout of Drew, the Owls first of the season.

Individually, every Temple fencer finished with a winning record. Thompson led the way with an 11-0 record, while sophomore Alyssa Lomuscio went 8-1, senior Melissa Parker and junior Sam Pascarelli each went 8-2, and sophomore Danielle Jones posted a record of 7-1.

Complete results:

Jillian Bratton – 5-5
Nicola Horscroft – 5-3
Kristin Howell – 6-2
Alyssa Lombardi – 5-4
Grace Wu – 7-3

Danielle Jones – 7-1
Alyssa Lomuscio – 8-1
Melissa Parker – 8-2
Cara Taggersell – 7-2
Mikayla Varadi – 6-3

Audrey Barroso – 7-6
Christie Griffith – 7-3
Sam Pascarelli -8-2
Kamali Thompson – 11-0
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