(Fairfield, CT) - The Pitt Center was taken over by twenty fencing strips on Sunday as the Pioneers hosted the 2012 SHU Invitational. The team was a perfect 4-0 with strong wins over Haverford (19-8), Vassar (21-6), Stevens Tech (22-5), and Yeshiva (25-2). The Pioneers won 81 % of their bouts on the day.
Saber led the way with an overall 31-5 record. Sophomore saber squad captain Tom Gerrity was a perfect 9-0. Sophomore Chris DiPietro (7-0) and senior Ryan O'Halloran (8-1) were also dominant. The foil squad (28-8) was paced once again by a perfect day from senior team captain Stuart Holmes (8-0). He was ably supported by freshmen Alex Harwood (3-1) and sophomore Andrew Holmes (4-3). Epee posted a similar 28-8 mark and was led by graduate squad captain Jeremiah German (6-1), and sophomores Kevin Almerini (6-0) and Khristopher White (5-2).
"This was a great kick-off to the dual meet season," comments head coach Dr. Thomas Vrabel. "We were able to win comfortably and get the entire squad into the mix, so it is nice when you get this type of an opportunity. All three squads did well today. Foil had by far the biggest challenge, since Stevens Tech and Haverford have very strong foil squads, but Stuart Holmes once again set the tone for us. I am very pleased with how well Alex Harwood did in tough bouts today. He fenced more like a junior than a freshman. Saber had a great day and I believe that their confidence will be high going into our NFC matches next weekend. Gerrity was simply dominant today, O'Halloran was powerful and consistent, and Di Pietro is finally showing a nice level of confidence. Jeremiah German continues to fence at a very high level and Kevin Almerini fenced with confidence all day. Khris White also had several strong bouts where he dominated. This performance should put us in good shape for Saturday's tough matches."
The team is back in action at MIT's Johnson Athletic Center on Saturday, November 17th. Competition will begin at 9 AM.