Men’s Fencing Posts Wins over NYU and Stevens Tech at Tradition Tournament

FAIRFIELD, Conn. - Sacred Heart hosted the 2013 Tradition Tournament on Sunday at the Pitt Center and went 2-3 on the day, winning matches against Stevens Tech (16-11) and NYU (15-12) while falling to Penn State (19-8), Princeton (21-6) and Harvard (18-9).  Andrew Holmes once again stepped up his game against elite competition and went 11-4 in foil.  This performance raised his season record to 26-11.  Jonathan Jacovino also had a winning record on the day (8-7) in epee and swept the powerful Harvard trio of Raynis, Eldeib and Simko.  Jacovino is currently 22-11 on the season. 

"Despite going 2-3 this was a good day for us", commented head coach Dr. Thomas Vrabel.  "This is the toughest day of dual meet competition that we face all year. Princeton, Penn State and Harvard have half of the NCAA fencing championships over the past decade.  It was critical that we maintained our focus and confidence in the morning's matches so that we could hold off two very determined Stevens Tech and NYU squads.  In these two wins, both Andrew Holmes and Devon Clark (5-1 on the day and 21-4 for the season) had five big wins for us." 

"Our epee squad continues to be our most consistent weapon", added Vrabel.  "We have six epeeists (Jacovino, Clark, Khristopher White, Kevin Almerini, Cody Richard and Michael Fenech) who have been winners for us this year and in past seasons. It has been a challenge to work our lineup so that we always have our best opportunity to win regardless of the style of the opposing epeeists.  I guess it is a good problem to have.  We now have to prepare for finals and be ready for Yale come mid-January".

The Pioneers finish the first half of their dual meet season with a 10-4 record.  They are back in action Saturday, January 18th for a 1 PM start at Yale.