POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. (Nov. 12, 2017) – The Queens College fencing team opened up its 2017-18 campaign on Sunday (Nov. 12) at the Vassar Invitational in Poughkeepsie. The Knights battled seven teams over the course of the day, coming away with wins against Hunter and CCNY to head back to Flushing with a 2-5 record.
Match #1: Vassar 19, Queens (N.Y.) 8
The Brewers were quick to jump ahead of QC, winning all nine bouts in the sabre discipline to ice the competition. Queens gained points back in the foil and epee rounds; in foil, both Nicole Michaels and Sabrina Decopain won their matches to pick up two points each. In epee, Fatima Maryam and Nina Lopez-Ortiz did the same. Maryam battled to a 5-5 draw in her first fight to collect a point before winning a 5-2 decision outright to close out QC's scoring account in the contest.
Match #2: Queens (N.Y.) 15, Hunter 12
The Knights earned six points in sabre as all three competitors for QC in that discipline scored at least one victory with the Hawks only sending two fencers in sabre. In contested matches, Sophia Lettieri went 2-0 as did Nikki Rose Siapno. Leslie Irlanda claimed a 5-1 victory to help put Queens up 6-3 after one discipline. The Knights continued their winning ways in foil with Decopain going 3-0 to lead the way. Michaels won two matches and Alison Shum claimed a victory to put Queens further in front by a 12-6 score. Maryam and Lopez-Ortiz shut the door on the competition in the epee discipline, as a 5-4 win from Lopez-Ortiz in the second session gave QC the magic 14th point to claim a victory.
Match #3: Wagner 14, Queens (N.Y.) 13
The Knights were in an early 6-3 hole despite two wins in sabre from Lettieri and one from Irlanda. QC was a perfect 9-0 in foil with all three competitors (Decopain, Michaels and Shum) rolling to victories and putting Queens up 12-6 going into epee. Lopez-Ortiz claimed victory in the first bout in epee to put QC ahead 13-6, but the Knights could not find one more win as the Seahawks stormed back to take a 14-13 decision.
Match #4: Incarnate Word 15, Queens (N.Y.) 12
A strong early showing from the Knights saw QC go up by a 7-2 standing after sabre with Lettieri winning three rounds. Incarnate Word scored four victories in foil to QC's five, with Sum going a perfect 3-0 in the discipline against the Cardinals. Leading by a count of 12-6, however, Incarnate Word took control in the epee discipline and won every bout in the session to claim a three-point win.
Match #5: Army 16, Queens (N.Y.) 11
Against the Black Knights, QC fell behind 7-2 as Army's sabre fencers held serve. Lettieri won the main two points for Queens, but the Knights stormed back into the contest in foil. Decopain and Michaels were both 3-0 as Queens knotted the score at 9-all but Army put the match away by winning seven of nine bouts in epee to earn a 16-11 win.
Match #6: Northwestern 24, Queens (N.Y.) 3
Facing a squad that received top-10 national consideration at the end of last season, Queens found the competition too tough to overcome. The Wildcats raced out to an 8-1 lead on sabre and never looked back, winning 7-2 in foil and 9-0 in epee. Decopain went 2-1 in foil for the Knights and Irlanda claimed a victory in sabre to account for the scoring.
Match #7: Queens (N.Y.) 16, CCNY 10
The Knights, looking for revenge after the prior match, turned the jets on early against the Beavers. The score was 7-2 after sabre competition with Irlanda going 3-0 and Lettieri and Siapno winning two matches each. QC continued the run in foil with Decopain winning all three of her matches as Shum and Michaels combined for the other three points in that discipline. Up 13-5, Maryam earned the squad's 14th and match-winning point to salvage an all-around successful day in Poughkeepsie.
Queens College returns to Vassar on Saturday (Nov. 19) for the Matt Lampell Hudson River Invitational meet.