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    Jan. 25, 1998

    Notre Dame Fencers Open Winter Season with Sweep of Tough Competition at Rutgers

    PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Notre Dame's men's and women's fencing team swept the competition at Rutgers on Sunday, winning three matches by a single bout. The men's team beat both Stanford and St. John's 14-13 and downed Rutgers 19-8. The women edged Stanford 17-15 and beat Rutgers 20-12 and St. John's 19-13. With the wins, the men improved to 10-0 while the women are 9-0.

    Junior All-American sabreman Luke LaValle paced the Irish with his perfect 9-0 mark, including a 5-3 win over St. John's Keith Smart, the defending NCAA sabre champion. LaValle led the Irish sabre squad that went 8-1 against Stanford in the win. Freshman Andrzej Bednarski was 3-0 against the Cardinal. Epeeists Brian Stone and Carl Jackson each added two wins. Against St. John's, the men's epee and sabre squads won 5-4 while the foil squad dropped 4-5 in the 14-13 win.

    On the women's side, defending NCAA epee champion Magda Krol and Nicole Mustilli went 4-0 against Stanford while foilists Amee Appel, Myriah Brown and Sara Walsh each added two wins. Mustilli and Anne Hoos added three wins each against both St. John's and Rutgers while Walsh and Brown combined for 12 wins against the Red Storm and the Scarlet Knights.

    "I knew all along we would have a tough fight against Stanford, both the men and the women," said Irish head coach Yves Auriol. "Any team that has four world-class fencers like Stanford has will be tough for anyone, but our team pulled together and didn't stop fighting until the matches were won."

    Notre Dame travels to Boston for meets at Brandeis and Harvard on Jan. 31, and Feb. 1.

    Results

    Men's Epee          Stan.   RU      SJU     Total
    Jason Boron         0-1     0-1     --      0-2
    Dom Guarnaschelli   1-2     0-2     1-2
    Carl Jackson        2-1     2-1     3-0
    Tim Monahan         --      1-0     --      1-0
    Brian Stone         2-0     2-0     1-2     5-2
    Total               5-4     5-4     5-4
    Men's Foil          Stan.   RU      SJU     Total
    Stephane Auriol     0-3     3-0     1-2     4-5
    Chris Brough        --      1-0     --      1-0
    Charles Hayes       1-2     2-0     2-1     5-3
    John Tejada         0-3     2-1     1-2     3-6
    Total               1-8     8-1     4-5
    Men's Sabre         Stan.   RU      SJU     Total
    Brian Banas         --      0-1     --      0-1
    Andrzej Bednarski   3-0     1-1     1-2     5-3
    Luke LaValle        3-0     3-0     3-0     9-0
    Steve McQuade       2-1     2-1     1-2     5-4
    Total               8-1     6-3     5-4 
    Women's Epee        Stan.   RU      SJU     Total
    Kim DeMaio          0-1     0-2     --      0-3
    Kiersten Ferguson   1-2     2-2     1-3     4-7
    Anne Hoos           1-3     3-1     3-1     7-5
    Magda Krol          4-0     2-0     2-2     8-2
    Nicole Mustilli     4-0     3-1     3-1    10-2
    Total              10-6    10-6     9-7
    Women's Foil        Stan.   RU      SJU     Total
    Amee Appel          2-2     --      2-2     4-4
    Myriah Brown        2-2     3-1     2-0     7-3
    Aimee Kalogera      --      2-2     0-2     2-4
    Nicole Paulina      1-3     2-2     2-2     5-7
    Sara Walsh          2-2     3-1     4-0     9-3
    Total               7-9    10-6    10-6
    

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