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Fencing Falters at Philadelphia Invitational

Jan. 27, 2014

EASTON, Pa. – The Lafayette fencing program returned from winter break with a rough outing over the weekend at the Philadelphia Invitational held at Penn University, as neither the men’s nor the women’s squad could record a match victory over the course of the two-day event.

The men squared off against Duke, NJIT, North Carolina, Sacred Heart and Penn on Saturday and were faced with some stiff competition. The Leopards could only muster a single win, a 5-4 Epee win against Sacred Heart, on the day. Junior epeeist Daniel Robitzski led Lafayette with eight wins and was the lone Leopard to finish over .500 with an 8-7 record. Freshman sabreur Jake Burns was second on the team with five wins.

The women did not fare much better, losing to Temple, Cornell, Haverford, Penn, NJIT and Johns Hopkins on Sunday. Freshman foilist Julia Sheng and senior Alexandra Knobel both picked up six wins a piece to pace the Leopards. Junior Sarah Woodruff added five victories in the foil events for Lafayette.

The Leopards look to rebound on Feb. 9 as they resume MACFA play against George Mason, Johns Hopkins, Maryland, Navy, Virginia and William & Mary.