Joanne Norell | February 6, 2018
The University of Notre Dame men’s and women’s fencing teams closed out a successful weekend Sunday at the Northwestern Duals, held at the programs’ Castellan Family Fencing Center.
The top-ranked Irish women (35-1) finished the day at 4-0 and ran their current win streak to 22 matches. The No. 1 men (27-6) were 2-2 on the day.
How It Happened
Ohio State (Round 2)
In their first match of the day, the No. 1 Irish women down No. 5 Ohio State 15-12, led by a 7-2 effort from the foil squad. Junior foilists Sabrina Massialas and Elyssa Kleiner each went 3-0 in the match, while sabreuses Francesca Russo and Reghan Ward and epeeist Julia Barry each posted 2-1 marks.
The Irish men fell to the No. T-2 Buckeyes 15-12, despite 3-0 marks from senior sabreur Jonah Shainberg and freshman foilist Nick Itkin. Sophomore sabreur Arsenii Panteleev was 2-1 in the match.
Stanford (M) (Round 5)
After two rounds of byes, the Irish fell to the 10th-ranked Cardinal 15-12. Notre Dame rested its foil regulars, where Stanford dominated 7-2. Shainberg was 3-0 in the match, while senior sabreur Jonathan Fitzgerald went 2-1.
Air Force (W) (Round 5)
Women’s sabre and foil were dominant against the Falcons. Russo remained undefeated at 3-0, while Ward was 2-0 to lead the sabre squad to 6-3, while Regan Fitzgerald and Mari Summers each went 3-0 as the foil squad finished 8-1.
Incarnate Word (Round 6)
Both Irish teams cruised past the Cardinals as the women prevailed 22-5 and the men won 21-6. Both sabre squads posted 9-0 records, as did women’s foil, and the men’s epee team went 7-2.