CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Wellesley College fencing closed out the fall semester by splitting a pair of matches on Tuesday evening at the Malkin Athletic Center. The Blue fell 24-3 to host Harvard but bounced back to earn a 17-10 victory over Tufts. Wellesley is now 17-5 overall.
Harvard 24, Wellesley 3
Sophomore Julia Calventus-Coveney (Barcelona, Spain) and senior Cassandra Cronin (Johns Creek, Ga.) earned back-to-back wins in epee and first year Yasemin Ersen (Newton, Mass.) picked-up a victory in sabre, but it wasn't enough for the Blue against a talented Harvard squad.
The Crimson took the 24-3 final with wins of 9-0 in foil, 7-2 in epee, and 8-1 in sabre. Trailing 3-0 in epee, the wins by Calventus-Coveney and Cronin cut the deficit to 3-2, but Harvard regrouped and went on to take the weapon with five straight bout victories. Ersen's win in sabre came with the Blue trailing 3-0 at the time.
Wellesley 17, Tufts 10
Wins of 8-1 in epee and 7-2 in sabre carried the Blue to a 17-10 victory over the Jumbos in the team's second match.
Calventus-Coveney finished with a 3-0 mark to lead the epee squad, while first years Sam Wolstenholme-Britt (Cary, N.C.) and Panya Tang (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) each added a pair of victories in epee's 8-1 win. Ersen posted a perfect 3-0 mark in sabre, including a pair of 5-0 victories. Sophomore Lauren Park (Wayne, N.J.) and Hanamei Shao (Vandenberg AFB, Calif.) helped to seal the sabre win with 2-0 rounds.
The Blue will return to action on Sunday, January 20, at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y.