No. 7 Women’s Fencing Faces NYU and Tufts

Natalie Yang registered a plus-12 touch differential at the St. John's Invitational (Gil Talbot).  

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – No. 7 Harvard women's fencing will host NYU and Tufts Feb. 4. The duals against NYU will begin at 1 p.m. and the bouts against Tufts will begin at 3:30 p.m.

Last Time Out
The Harvard women's fencing team was challenged at the St. John's Invitational, tallying a 2-3 finish. The Crimson (5-6, 0-1 Ivy) was able to tally an 16-11 victory over Penn State and 19-8 win over St. John's.

Senior Adrienne Jarocki swept the Lions 3-0, finishing with a plus-7-touch differential in sabre. Freshman Natalie Yang registered a plus-11-touch differential in foil against Penn State. The foil squad swept St. John's 9-0, while the sabre fencers added a 7-2 tally. Jarocki led the sabre fencers with a plus-11-touch differential, while Yang added a plus-12-touch differential in foil. Shawn Wallace went 2-1 with the Red Storm, earning a plus-4-touch variance. 

Scouting Harvard
The Harvard women's fencing team shattered Wellesley in a dual meet on Wednesday evening at the Malkin Athletic Center, with the final tally reading 25-2.

The women's fencing team opened its 2016-17 campaign at the Tradition Tournament at Sacred Heart on Dec. 4. The team recorded a 3-2 overall mark, comprising of a 24-3 win over Vassar, a 23-4 victory against Sacred Heart and a 22-5 triumph over NYU.

Recap: Women's Fencing vs Wellesley, W 25-2
Dec 8, 2016

Dec. 7, 2016

Harvard Leaders by Weapon
Sabre: Adrienne Jarocki, 28-5, +79
Foil: Natalie Yang, 14-5, +39
Epee: Shawn Wallace, 22-11, +38

Scouting the Field
Harvard tallied a 22-5 win over NYU earlier this season. The Bobcats hold an 8-8 overall record this season, including a 1-1 tally on the road. Harvard has not seen Tufts since the 2014-15 season, where the Crimson earned a 25-2 record against the Jumbos. Tufts is currently 0-6.
Lucky Number 7
In the most recent CollegeFencing360 poll, Harvard has been ranked at No.7. This marks the 14th-consecutive season that the women's program has been ranked within the top 10. The women's team has been ranked in every CollegeFencing360 poll since 2005.
Last Season
Harvard went 14-1 during the 2015-16 season, finishing seventh as a team at the NCAA Championships. The reigning national champion in sabre, senior Adrienne Jarocki earned first team All-America honors and a first-place overall finish going a combined 19-4 at the NCAA tournament and a tournament-best plus-35 touch differential. Jarocki is joined by sophomore Shawn Wallace, who accumulated All-America honorable mention distinction with a 13-10 record at the NCAA Tournament.
Leading the Way
Head coach Peter Brand enters his 19th season at the helm for the Crimson, which has posted a winning record in each of the last 15 seasons under his watch. Harvard has won eight Ivy League Championships during his tenure, while also winning the 2006 National Championship. Brand owns a 232-70 record on the women's side and has coached a combined 47 All-Americans at Harvard.
Captaining the Ship
Seniors Adrienne Jarocki and Liana Yamin have been chosen by their teammates as the Harvard women's fencing captains for the 2016-17 season. The duo of Jarocki and Yamin will serve as the third pair of two-time captains that has been elected by their teammates in Harvard women's fencing history.
Ivy League Digital Network
The Ivy League Digital Network returns for a fourth 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.
What's Next?
The Crimson will face No. 1 Columbia, Cornell, Penn, No. 2 Princeton and Yale at the Ivy League Championships, hosted by the Lions Feb. 11-12. The tournament will be broadcast live on the Ivy League Digital Network