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Women Close Out Regular Season with Two Top-Five Wins
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 02/27/2011
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Becca Ward was a perfect 12-0 at the Temple Duals.
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DURHAM, N.C. – Becca Ward posted a perfect 12-0 record, and the Duke women’s fencing team upset two top-five opponents at the Temple Duals with a 17-10 win over No. 4 St. John’s and a 18-9 win over No. 5 Penn State on Sunday afternoon in the final regular season meet of the season for the Blue Devils.

Ward’s flawless day helped the Duke women’s saber squad capture a 4-0 record with wins over No. 3 Princeton, No. 4 St. John’s, No. 5 Penn State and No. 7 Temple. The Duke women’s epees, led by a 7-5 showing from All-America Emily D’Agostino, also went undefeated.

The Duke women finished 2-2 as a team with the aforementioned top-five wins and losses of 15-12 to Temple and 14-13 to Princeton. All three members of the saber squad posted winning records with Maia Hutt and Sean Cadley both finishing with 7-5 marks.

“[Our women’s team] fenced very well today,” said head coach Alex Beguinet, who has led the women’s team to a program-best 17-6 record this season. “I am very proud of them. They showed perseverance and determination throughout the season. This is one of the best women’s teams we have ever had at Duke.”

The Duke men suffered two one-point losses, 14-13 to No. 4 Penn State and 14-13 to No. 7 Princeton, and were winless at 0-3 on the day. Senior foil and two-time All-America Dorian Cohen posted a winning record at 5-4, and freshman epee Dylan Nollner and sophomore saber Anthony both matched him individually. Nollner helped pace the men’s epee squad to a 2-1 showing.

Duke will now send a record number of fencers to the Mid-Atlantic/South Regionals at Drew University on March 12. For the first time in Duke fencing history, all nine starters from the Duke men’s and women’s teams and alternates from both squads qualified for the regional event, which serves as the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Duke Fencing Results
Temple Duals
February 27, 2011
Philadelphia, Pa.



Duke 17, No. 4 St. John’s 10
Duke 18, No. 5 Penn State 9
No. 7 Temple 15, Duke 12
No. 3 Princeton 14, Duke 13

Saber (4-0)
Becca Ward 12/0
Maia Hutt 7/5
Sean Cadley 7/5

Epee (4-0)
Emily D'Agostino 7/5
Lauren DeLucia 6/6
Mary Tung 4/8

Foil (1-3)
Dana Rosen 5/7
Keara Mageras 5/7
Lily Shepard 4/8



No. 2 St. John’s 20, No. 9 Duke 7
No. 4 Penn State 14, Duke 13
No. 7 Princeton 14, No. 9 Duke 13

Foil (1-2)
Dorian Cohen 5/4
Andrew Hsu  2/7
Matthew Budofsky 1/8

Epee (2-1)
Tristan Jones 4/5
Jonathan Parker 4/5
Dylan Nollner 5/4

Saber (1-2)
Anthony Lin 5/4
Timothy Evans 2/4
Brian Cucinelli 4/5
Nick Carothers 2/1