Jan. 30, 1997
Notre Dame Heads To Cleveland State
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The Notre Dame fencing teams traveled to State College, Pa., for the Penn State Open. The Irish faced some of the nation's top fencing squads at the meet. Measuring themselves against last year's top finisher (Penn State) and the third place team (St. John's) the Irish realized there is a bit of work left between now and the NCAA championships. This weekend the Irish will head to Cleveland State to participate in the 10-team meet on Sat., Feb. 1.
Head Coach Yves Auriol: Yves Auriol is in his second season as head coach of both the men's and the women's teams. Auriol took over the men's program last season following the retirement of Mike DeCicco in 1995. Auriol found great success in his first season as head coach as the Irish placed second at the NCAA championships in 1996. This year a determined coach Auriol has been practicing his fencers hard with the hope that the Irish will lay claim to the top spot when they head to the Air Force Academy for the NCAA championships. Auriol had been head coach of the women's team since 1986 and compiled a career record of 244-12 (.953) in his 10-plus seasons. He led Notre Dame's women's squad to its first-ever NCAA women's crown in 1987 and the combined title in 1994.
Penn State Open Review: The Irish opened the day facing the two-time defending national champions Penn State. Both the men's and women's squads were defeated by the Nittany Lions as the men fell 16-11 and the women lost 18-14. The Irish would find success against Haverford, Air Force and NYU. Though the women's team defeated St. John's, the men's team would lose to the Red Storm by the narrow margin of 14-13. In her first action of the 1997 season, sophomore Sara Walsh (Mishawaka, Ind.) went undefeated registering 18 wins and no losses. Fellow Mishawaka native and All-American, Myriah Brown finished the day with a 16-3 record for the foil squad. Women's epee captain Anne Hoos (Wilmette, Ill.) went 15-3 on the day. Hoos was assisted by teammate Magda Krol (Vancouver, British Columbia) who went 16-2. Standing out for the men was Carl Jackson (Ringoes, N.J.). In his first action since 1995 he went 10-3. Jeremy Siek (Newmarket, N.H.) posted 13-1 record for the foil squad. Luke LaValle (New York, N.Y.) led the sabre team with an 11-3 mark.
Walsh, Jackson Return: The Irish welcomed back two All-Americans to the fencing strip this weekend as sophomore foil All-American Sara Walsh and junior epee All-American Carl Jackson returned. For Walsh, the 1996 NCAA foil runner-up, it was her first action of the season after overcoming injuries. Jackson fenced again for the first time in almost two years. The 1995 sixth-place finisher at the NCAA championships sat out the 1996 season after contracting and suffering a relapse of mononucleosis.