PHILADELPHIA - The Sacred Heart men's fencing team travelled to the David Michanik Fencing Center at the University of Pennsylvania on Sunday to compete in the Philadelphia Invitational. Sacred Heart defeated Haverford 21-6 and Drew 24-3 but fell to Johns Hopkins 14-13, Penn 24-3 and Duke 16-11.
Freshman epeeist Romain Cannone led the team with a 9-2 record. Alexander Harwood (10-5) and Tyler Endee (9-5) had strong performances in foil.
"It is important for us to see this level of opponents before going in to NCAA Regionals," said head coach Dr. Thomas Vrabel. "The Hopkins loss was frustrating but they have a very good team and we fenced well but just fell one touch short. That makes the sixth match this season that this happened, but I am still pleased with how far our young team has come. Cannone had the best day of his freshman season and his performance helped move him up significantly in the seeding for the NCAA Regional. Tyler Endee also significantly moved up the seeding list with his performance today."
The Pioneers will be back in action at Vassar College on Sunday March 13th for the Northeast Regional round of the NCAA Championship. Action will begin at 8:30 AM.