No. 7 Women’s Fencing Aims for Ivy League Crown

Mackenzie Lawrence holds an 18-6 mark this season (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. –The No. 7 Harvard women's fencing team will travel to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to compete in the 2017 Ivy League Championships hosted by Penn. 

Last Time Out
No. 7 Harvard women's fencing earned two victories at home Saturday afternoon, posting a 25-2 win against Tufts and a 20-7 mark against NYU.  Liana Yamin led the Crimson (8-5) to their respective victories, going 4-0 against the competitors. Yamin assisted Harvard to a 9-0 sweep over Tufts and a 7-2 win against NYU in foil. Marta Lasota earned a 6-0 sweep over NYU and Tufts, earning a plus-20 touch differential. Sharon Ra also went 6-0, tallying a plus-17 touch variance.

Recap: Womens Fencing vs NYU and Tufts, W: 20-7, 25-2
Feb 6, 2017

Feb. 5, 2017


Scouting Harvard
The Harvard women's fencing team (5-6) was challenged at the St. John's Invitational, tallying a 2-3 finish. 

In the final bouts of the day, Harvard faced Penn State. The Crimson was able to walk away with a 16-11 victory, with scores of  6-3 in sabre, 7-2 foil and 3-6 in epee. Senior Adrienne Jarocki swept the Nittany Lions 3-0, finishing with a +7-touch differential in sabre. Freshman Natalie Yang registered a +11-touch differential in foil against Penn State.

Harvard Leaders by Weapon
Sabre: Adrienne Jarocki, 33-6, +99
Foil: Natalie Yang, 18-6, +48
Epee: Shawn Wallace, 27-12, +47

Scouting the Field
Harvard faced No. 1 Columbia at the St. John's Invitational, falling 11-16. Harvard has not seen the remaining Ivy competitors since last year's Ivy League Championships.  Harvard shared the Ivy League title with Princeton and Columbia in 2016.

Related: Ivy Champs! Women's Fencing Earns a Share of Conference Crown

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 236-74 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?
Harvard will compete in the Beanpot hosted by Boston College. The field will feature competitors from BC, MIT and Brandeis.