Fencing Wins Pair at Stevens
Jan. 31, 2011
HOBOKEN, N.J. - The Lafayette fencing team took a pair of victories in six matches on Sunday at Stevens Institute of Technology. The Leopards took their matches against NJIT and Yeshiva, while falling to Army, Cornell, Virginia and the host Ducks. Lafayette now stands at 5-6 on the season.
Sophomore épéeist Andre Rafizadeh posted an 11-4 mark in his 15 bouts, including 3-0 sweeps against NJIT, Cornell and Yeshiva. David Eckelmann (9-6), Jane Liu (9-8), Bridget Greeley (5-4) and Darrell Washington (9-7) also tallied winning records on the day.
The Leopards opened the day against Army. Despite hanging tough in 5-4 losses in both the épée and sabre, Lafayette was unable to overcome an 8-1 defeat in foil as the Black Knights claimed an 18-9 victory. Rafizadeh and Washington both went 2-1 in their three bouts.
After a 22-5 defeat at the hands of host SIT, an 8-1 win in épée fueled a 16-11 win for the Leopards over NJIT. Rafizadeh and junior épéeist Noah Weiner each went 3-0 against the Highlanders, while Eckelmann, Liu, Washington and sabreur Eric Luby all posted 2-1 marks in the Lafayette triumph.
A 3-0 sweep for a Rafizdeh and a 2-0 tally for Eckelmann against Cornell were not enough to derail Big Red, which claimed a 19-8 win in the fourth match of the day. Lafayette took a 6-3 win in épée, 6-3, but fell 2-7 in sabre and was swept, 9-0, in foil.
The Leopards' second win of the day came against Yeshiva, with an 8-1 victory in foil leading the charge. Lisa DeJoseph (2-1), Liu (2-0), Greeley (3-0) and Alexandra Knobel (1-0) combined for the convincing win. Rafizadeh (3-0), Luby (2-1) and Washington (2-1) continued the strong effort to round out a 19-8 triumph for the Leopards.
The afternoon ended against Virginia, with the Cavaliers stealing a 14-13 decision. Despite a 6-3 win in foil, which was led by a 3-0 sweep from Liu, and a 5-4 victory in épée - guided by Eckelmann' 3-0 tally - Lafayette was ultimately upended by a 7-2 loss in sabre.
The Leopards are back in action on Sunday, Feb. 13 against a quartet of opponents. Rutgers hosts the action in New Brunswick, N.J. with Drew, Hunter and Maryland also making the trip to the Garden State.
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