The Pioneers kicked off the 2011-2012 season with impressive wins over Haverford 22-5, Vassar 19-8, Yeshiva 21-6, Hunter 25-2 and Stevens Tech 21-6. The team was led by its senior All American saber fencer Marty Williams, who was 8-0 on the day. The saber squad led the way with an overall 38-7 record. In addition to Williams' perfect performance, freshmen Tom Gerrity was 8-1, sophomore Pete Freiss went 4-0, senior CJ Fleck 4-1, senior Dave Choy 5-1, and sophomore Ryan O'Halloran 5-1.
The foil squad went 36-9 and was led by freshman Jonathan Jacovino, who was 7-0. Also starring for the Pioneers in foil were junior team captain Stuart Holmes (6-3), freshman Cooper Johnson (5-1), sophomore Brendan Stokes (4-0), and junior Victor Nieto (3-1). The epee squad completed a strong all around day for SHU with a combined 34-11 record. Leading the way in epee was junior Mike Fenech (7-1). In addition to Fenech's performance, junior Jeremiah German was 6-2, senior All American Justin Dion went 6-3, freshman Khris White was 5-0 and freshman Kevin Almerini was 4-0.
"This was a great way to kick off the dual meet season,"comments head fencing coach Dr. Tom Vrabel. "We not only won but we dominated today. I was very pleased that all of the squads won every match, including the 5-4 win over Vassar's epee squad, the 6-3 win over Haverford's foil squad, and the 8-1 win over Stevens Tech's saber squad. I was very pleased with the way that Marty Williams controlled all of his bouts. Jonathan Jacovino, Mike Fenech and Tom Gerrity also showed how they can step right in to college competition and perform at a very high level. Everyone fenced well today. We did see some things that we need to work on for next week when we start our league season. I believe that we will be ready for another fine performance".
The Pioneers are back in action on Saturday, November 19th at the University of New Hampshire where their opponents include perennial Northeast Fencing Conference powers Brown, Brandeis and MIT.