WALTHAM, Mass. - In a split squad weekend a portion of the Sacred Heart men's fencing team went to participate at the New England Intercollegiate Fencing Conference Tournament which was held at Brandeis University. The starting Foil and Epee squads were at Ohio State where they were both silver medalists at the National Collegiate Squad Championships.
The foil squad of Alexander Harwood, Victor Nieto and Joseph Faicco tied with Brandeis University for the foil title with identical 31-3 records. The Pioneer saber squad finished second and the epee squad finished fourth. Sacred Heart finished second to Brandeis University in the three weapon team competition. The Pioneers qualified all three foilists (Harwood, Nieto, and Faicco) all three sabreists (Thomas Gerrity, Christopher DiPietro and Ryan O'Halloran) and Khristopher White in epee for the individual competition. They earned four medals, with Alex Harwood placing fourth and Joseph Faicco fifth in foil, Khristopher White fourth in epee and Tommy Gerrity fifth in saber.
"This was a great finish for our athletes", commented head coach Dr. Thomas Vrabel. "Since the starters from our two top squads were out in Ohio, I was not quite sure how we would fare in this competition. To take second overall and to win the foil was pretty impressive, considering that the other top teams were at full strength. I am glad that Alex, Vic and Joe got the chance to show what they can do on Saturday. Our talent in very deep in foil and to have our two freshman medal (Harwood and Faicco) was satisfying. I see the both of them being able to step right in to starting roles next season. When you combine our result in this tournament with our silver medal performances at the Squad Championships, we look to be ready to finish strong in NFC competition this weekend"
The Pioneers are back in action next Saturday at the Boston Fencer's Club in Waltham, Mass. for the third NFC meet of the season where they will take on Vassar, Boston College, and other competition.