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Release: 02/12/2012
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DURHAM, N.C. - The Duke women captured both the epee and saber trophies at the annual Duke Home Meet to help the team to a 4-1 record on Sunday in Card Gym.

Despite suffering their first loss of the year, Duke's sabers finished 4-1 and amassed a tournament-best 34 points and a +90 touch differential to lead all teams. Duke's epees, meanwhile, were one of only two squads at the entire dual meet to net 30 points. The sabers and epees posted 4-1 records while the foils posted a 3-2 mark on the way to team wins of 25-2 over Air Force, 22-5 over North Carolina, 15-12 over Temple and 22-5 over Brandeis.

Duke's lone loss came against defending NCAA Champion Penn State, 18-9. The Nittany Lions became the first team all season to win all three weapons against Duke and the first team all season to defeat Duke's sabers. The Blue Devil sabers now boast a school-record 25-1 record, besting the 22-1 mark they put together last season.

Leading the sabers was two-time NCAA Champion and 2008 Olympic bronze medalist Becca Ward, who posted a flawless 15-0 record on the day to improve to 69-1 on the year. Ward is on pace to break her own Duke regular season wins record of 72 that she set in 2010, a mark she could easily break at the upcoming Temple Duals on Feb. 25. Also for the sabers, Sean Cadley finished 10-5 and Kodia Baye-Cigna went 9-6.

For the epees, two-time All-American Emily D'Agostino tied for Duke's second-best individual record of the day at 12-3. She ended the meet with six straight victories, sweeping both Temple and Brandeis to vault her squad to the top of the epee standings. Freshman Sarah Collins continued her dominant inaugural campaign with a 10-5 record, while Lauren DeLucia and Mary Tung split time to combine for an 8-7 record.

Three of Duke's four foilists posted winning marks, including Lily Shepard who went 12-3 and Dana Rosen who went 10-5. Jessica Kang also finished above .500 with a 7-6 record.

The Blue Devils will compete at the Junior Olympics on Feb. 17-20 in Dallas, Texas, before returning to NCAA Duals action on Feb. 25 at Temple. All of Duke's regional qualifiers will then head to the Mid-Atlantic/South Regionals on March 10 in an attempt to move on the NCAA Championships in Columbus, Ohio.

Duke Women's Fencing Results
Duke Home Meet
February 12, 2012
Durham, N.C. (Card Gym)


Duke 25, Air Force 2
Foil: Duke V, 9-0
Epee: Duke V, 8-1
Saber: Duke V, 8-1

Penn State 18, Duke 9
Foil: Penn State V, 7-2
Epee: Penn State V, 6-3
Saber: Penn State V, 5-4

Duke 22, North Carolina 5
Foil: Duke V, 9-0
Epee: Duke V, 5-4
Saber: Duke V, 8-1

Duke 15, Temple 12
Foil: Temple V, 7-2
Epee: Duke V, 7-2
Saber: Duke V, 6-3

Duke 22, Brandeis 5
Foil: Duke V, 7-2
Epee: Duke V, 7-2
Saber: Duke V, 8-1


Women's Foil (3-2)
Dana Rosen (10-5)
Lily Shepard (12-3)
Jessica Kang (7-6)
Elizabeth Malcolm (0-2)

Women's Saber (4-1)
Becca Ward (15-0)
Sean Cadley (10-5)
Kodia Baye-Cigna (9-6)

Women's Epee (4-1)
Lauren DeLucia (6-5)
Emily D'Agostino (12-3)
Sarah Collins (10-5)
Mary Tung (2-2)