Women Fencers Hosts Dual Against Wellesley Thursday

Freshman Wallace finished second in her first collegiate match at the Penn State Open (Gil Talbot).  

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The women's fencing team will host its first bout of the year at the Malkin Athletic Center against Wellesley College on Thursday, Dec. 3. The match-up will be broadcast on the Ivy League Digital Network starting at 6 p.m. 

About the Ivy League Digital Network
The Ivy League Digital Network returns for a third season as the home for all live streaming and on-demand video content for each of the conference's eight institutions. Broadcast in full HD and featuring a live score bug and play-by-play and color commentary, the Ivy League Digital Network provides fans with unprecedented access to the Ancient Eight. 

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Scouting Wellesley
The Blue opened up its 2015-16 slate with six wins versus CCNY, Yeshiva, Hunter, Queens, Farleigh Dickinson and Haverford and one loss against Stevens at the Vassar Invitational on Nov. 15. Wellesley later fell at the Northeast Fencing Conference Meet #1 with only one win against New Hampshire and five losses versus Brandeis, MIT, Sacred Heart, Boston College and Brown. 

Series Against Wellesley
The Crimson boasts a 19-5 all-time record against the Blue, including a 23-4 victory at their last meeting in 2000. Harvard has dominated in Cambridge with a 10-1 series result. 

Last Time Out
The women Crimson recorded five top-ten finishes at the Penn State Open on Nov. 7 including a sabre title from Aliya Itzkowitz who faced teammate Adrienne Jarocki in the final match. Freshman Gabby Tartakovsky, also fencing sabre, recorded a sixth-place mark in her first collegiate dual. In foil competition, Liana Henderson-Semel placed third and Hellary Zhang placed 10th to give Harvard two student-athletes in the top-10. Mackenzie Lawrence finished 11th, while Hali Nelson and Liana Yamin tallied 20th and 26th place, respectively. Freshman Shawn Wallace placed second fencing epee while Sharon Ra finished 21st. 

Last Season
Harvard went 13-5-1 during the 2014-15 season, finishing seventh as a team at the NCAA Championships. On the women's side, returners Adrienne Jarocki earned first team All-America honors for the second-straight season along with Aliya Itzkowitz who received All-America honorable mention. Departed seniors Emma Väggö and Brian Kaneshige earned All-America honor.  

Harvard returns six letterwinners from last year's squad: Sabre fencers Aliya Itzkowitz, Adrienne Jarocki, foil fencers Mackenzie Lawrence, Hali NelsonLiana YaminHellary Zhang

Leading the Way
Head coach Peter Brand enters his 18th season at the helm for the Crimson, which has posted a winning record in the last 14 seasons under his watch. Harvard has won seven Ivy League Championships during his tenure, while also winning the 2006 National Championship. Brand owns a 216-67-1 record on the women's side, while also holding a 173-75 mark on the men's side and has coached a combined 47 All-Americans at Harvard. 

Fresh Faces
Harvard has added four women freshmen to the 2015-16 roster including Liana Henderson-Semel (foil), Sharon Ra (epee), Gabby Tartakovsky (sabre) and Shawn Wallace (epee). The men's team sees one addition in  Albert Chien (epee).

Aye Aye, Captain
Adrienne Jarocki '17 and Liana Yamin '17 were named the women's captains for the 2015-16 campaign.

Coming Up
The men and women will travel to Fairfield, Connecticut on Dec. 6 to compete against Sacred Heart, Temple, New York University, Penn State and Vassar in the Tradition Tournament hosted by Sacred Heart.