– 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.
Jillian Bratton – 5-5
Sam Pascarelli -8-2