PHILADELPHIA - The Sacred Heart men's fencing team was in action Saturday at the University of Pennsylvania in the Philadelphia Invitational. The Pioneers defeated North Carolina 14-13, Lafayette 20-7 and Drew 24-7 while falling to Penn 25-2, Johns Hopkins 14-13 and Duke 16-11.
The Pioneers were led on the day by Jon Jacovino of the epee squad, who was 8-4 on the day. Epee was an overall 32-22 and also had solid performances from Devon Clark (6-4) and Khristopher White (6-5).
"This team is still searching for an identity and a leader on the strip", said head coach Dr. Thomas Vrabel. "Since Stuart Holmes graduated last year the void that he left remains to be filled. The epee squad is very good and can dominate in most matches but foil and saber still lack the confidence needed to be consistent winners. Both squads are very young, starting three freshmen and a sophomore between them and we do not have any seniors starting on the entire team. We will keep working at it and we still have a lot on the line this season. Our new lease on life for the NFC Championship will give us something to shoot for."
In Northeast Fencing Conference action on Saturday MIT defeated Brown, which means that the Bears and Pioneers both have one loss in Conference play. Sacred Heart can win their fifth consecutive NFC Championship with a sweep of the five matches they have in two weeks at the final NFC competition of the season.
The Pioneers are back in action at Columbia on Wednesday, February 5th when they will take on Columbia and NYU. Action starts at 5 p.m.