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Irish Women Sweep Northwestern and Lawrence

Women’s Match Report

EVANSTON, IL— The University of Notre Dame women’s fencing team claimed solid victories over Northwestern and Lawrence University on Sunday, winning all four matches and only getting stronger throughout the day.

The sabre squad paced the Irish, finishing with a 31-5 record over the four matchups. The foil and epeeists also dueled their way to decisive wins, posting 30-6 and 26-10 marks, respectively.

Solene Watson and Jane Caulfield led the way for the Irish, both with a team-high 11 wins and an 11-1 record on the day. Daria Kudriavtseva (10-2) and Atara Greenbaum (10-1) joined the pair with double-digit wins for the meet.


In their first matchup of the day against Northwestern, the Irish were paced by the 6-3 mark posted by the foil squad, leading the team to a 16-11 victory over the Wildcats. Several athletes went 2-1 including epeeists Kaylin Hsieh and Amanda Pirkowski, sabreuses Kara Linder and Kudriavtseva, and foilists Paige Luong, Caulfield and Watson.

Match two saw the Irish again best Northwestern by a decisive score of 22-5. Linder, Greenbaum, Hsieh, Pirkowski, Watson, and Caulfield all went undefeated, recording 3-0 marks. The sabre squad led Notre Dame in the match at 8-1.

The Irish continued their strong showing in dominative fashion in the first afternoon matchup, a 25-2 win over Lawrence. Headed by a 9-0 effort from the sabreists, the epee and foil squads followed close behind, posting definitive 8-1 records of their own.

In the final match of the day the Irish took down Lawrence once again by a score of 24-3. Sabre once again could not be stopped, taking all nine of their points in the last match of the day. Not to be outdone, the foil squad did the same, and the epeeists went 6-3. Greenbaum, Caulfield and Watson all went 3-0 in the final three matches of the day.


The Irish will next travel to Chapel Hill, NC, for the ACC Championships on February 27 and 28. The individual championships will be held on Saturday while the team championships will be held on Sunday. The Irish swept all eight titles in 2020 and look to retain them next weekend in Chapel Hill.


Northwestern Invitational
Patten Gymnasium
Evanston, IL
Sunday, February 21

Women’s Results
Notre Dame 16, Northwestern 11
Sabre (5-4): Kara Linder 2-1, Daria Kudriavtseva 2-1, Atara Greenbaum 1-1, Sienna Wilson 0-1
Foil (6-3): Jane Caulfield 2-1, Paige Luong 2-1, Solene Watson 2-1
Epee (5-4): Kaylin Hsieh 2-1, Amanda Pirkowski 2-1, Miriam Grady 1-2
Notre Dame 22, Northwestern 5
Sabre (8-1): Linder 3-0, Greenbaum 3-0, Kudriavtseva 2-1
Foil (7-2): Caulfield 3-0, Watson 3-0, Luong 1-2
Epee (7-2): Pirkowski 3-0, Hsieh 3-0, Grady 1-2
Notre Dame 25, Lawrence 2
Sabre (9-0): Greenbaum 3-0, Kudriavtseva 3-0, Wilson 3-0
Foil (8-1): Caulfield 3-0, Watson 3-0, Luong 2-1
Epee (8-1): Grady 3-0, Pirkowski 3-0, Victoria Tontcheva 2-1
Notre Dame 24, Lawrence 3
Sabre (9-0): Greenbaum 3-0, Kudriavtseva 3-0, Wilson 3-0
Foil (9-0): Caulfield 3-0, Watson 3-0, Luong 3-0
Epee (6-3): Tontcheva 2-1, Grady 2-1, Hsieh 2-1