April 19, 2010
FAIRFIELD, CT - The Sacred Heart University men's fencing team also had six student-athletes named to the Northeast Fencing Conference All-League teams. First team selections include freshmen Ethan Patterson and Jared Rebeor in foil, sophomore Justin Dion in epee and sophomore Marty Williams in saber. Head coach Dr. Thomas Vrabel was also named the Men's Coach of the Year by the league members.
Second team selections were Stuart Holmes in foil and Jeremiah German in epee. This was the largest number of Pioneers ever elected to the All Conference team. All League selections are determined from the highest winning percentages of fencers that have competed in a minimum of two thirds of possible bouts for their weapon.
"I am honored that the performance of our team in winning the NEFC Championship and placing six fencers on the all league team made it possible for my recognition as coach of the year," said Dr. Vrabel. "To have the team get to this level of success in only our fourth year in the league is a great accomplishment for the fencers and the program."
Sacred Heart's trio of talented freshman foilists lead the way on the 2010 All Conference team. Rebeor posted the best record in foil this year, going 22-3 with a plus 67 indicator (touches scored - touches received). Patterson was third in the league with a 22-5 (+53) mark and Holmes was fourth with a 21-5 (+55) record. This is the first time that the Pioneers have had three starters get make the all conference team in a weapon.
"The dominance of this trio was the major reason for our winning the league championship this season," commented Vrabel. "In Rebeor (6'3"), Patterson (6'2") and Holmes (6') we have a tall and athletic squad that is only beginning to reach its potential. As they mature and expand their games they will become even better in the future. The next three seasons should be very exciting ones for Sacred Heart Foil".
Youth continues to be the theme in SHU's all conference epeeists. Sophomore Justin Dion repeated his performance of last season in posting the best epee record in the conference (25-5, +60). He was joined by freshman Jeremiah German who earned fifth place with a 18-8 (+17) mark.
"Justin continues to be a rock for the team," said Dr. Vrabel. "His key wins against Brown, Brandeis and Vassar were essential to our becoming league champions this season. He is on the verge of really taking off next year. Jeremiah stepped in to a starting spot on the eve of the first league match weekend and came up very big for us this year. His height (6'7") and reach make him a tough out. He is working very hard and starting to make real progress in his balance, explosiveness and point control. I truly believe that Jeremiah only scratched the surface of his potential this season."
Williams joined epeeist Dion as being named to the conference first team in both freshman and sophomore campaigns. Marty went 26-3 (+91) in posting the second best saber record in the league.
"Marty once again had a solid season this year," said Dr. Vrabel. "I look for Marty to continue to dominate in saber for us again next season."