Fencing Takes Three at Johns Hopkins
Feb. 7, 2011
BALTIMORE, Md. - A dramatic rally kicked off a day of strong performances for the Lafayette fencing team at Johns Hopkins University on Sunday. The Leopards stormed past the City College of New York, 14-13, and also earned victories over St. John's College (25-2) and Virginia Tech (17-10). Haverford and the host Blue Jays both edged Lafayette by identical scores of 12-15.
The Leopards' fencers are now an even 8-8 in the 2010-11 season.
Freshman Jillian Rosamilia led the way with a 12-3 record in her 15 bouts. Freshman Alexandra Knobel went 11-4 and sophomore Jane Liu posted a 10-5 tally. Bridget Greeley (7-1), Darrell Washington (7-2), Eric Luby (6-3), Noah Weiner (7-2) and David Eckelmann (5-3) also owned winning records for the day.
In the opening round, the Leopards challenged CCNY in a women's match. Lafayette trailed, 13-9, before winning the final five bouts in foil to win the school, 6-3, and clinch a 14-13 victory in the match. Liu won the deciding bout for the Leopards, who won the sabre, 7-2, and dropped the épée, 8-1. Knobel, Greeley and Rosamilia all went 3-0 against the Beavers.
Round two marked the most convincing victory of the day, as Lafayette upended St. John's College, 25-2. The Leopards swept the sabre, 9-0, and took 8-1 wins in both the foil and épée. Knobel, Liu, Rosamilia, Washington, Luby, Weiner and Andre Rafizadeh all posted 3-0 sweeps in the match.
A pair of tough losses followed, as Haverford and host Johns Hopkins each claimed 15-12 decisions from the Leopards. Lafayette took a 6-3 win in sabre from the Fords but dropped both foil and épée, 3-6. Lafayette topped the Blue Jays in épée , 5-4, but were edged by hosts in both foil (3-6) and sabre (4-5).
The Leopards bounced back in their last match, finishing strong with a 17-10 victory against the Virginia Tech women's squad. Knobel, Lisa DeJoseph, Liu and Rosamilia all went 3-0 in their bouts as Lafayette bested the Hokies in foil (9-0) and sabre (6-3) while dropping a 2-7 tally in épée.
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.