The Sacred Heart University Women's Fencing Team got off to a great start to its dual meet season on Sunday with an overall 6-1 record at the Vassar Invitational.
They defeated Stevens Tech 19-8, Haverford 18-9, Yeshiva 23-4, Hunter 25-2 and Vassar 21-6. The only blemish on the day was a 16-11 loss to a strong Cornell squad. The charge was led by the Pioneer's powerful epee squad, who went 54-14 on the day and won all seven of its squad matches. They started the day with an impressive 7-2 win over a very good Cornell epee squad and then they continued to dominate thru the day. They were led by freshman sensation Megan Floyd, who went 19-2. She was followed closely by junior squad captain Colleen Mason (17-4) and sophomore Natalie Rossetti (13-4). "Our epee squad is off to a great start this season", comments head coach Dr. Tom Vrabel. "Megan Floyd has made a very smooth transition to collegiate epee. Her confidence jumps with each competition. Moving Natalie Rossetti to epee has also been critical for us. With the addition of Floyd and Rossetti to Colleen Mason, we now have a very strong lineup across the board. I see this squad having a good chance at winning every match this season."
After a rough start against Cornell, the foil squad bounced back to win their next six matches and post a 40-17 mark. They were led by junior team captain Jayme Smith, who went 9-5 on the day. Also having strong performances were freshmen Tess Kallmeyer (13-6), Ailleen Trella (8-6), Melissa Tsiames (5-0) and Kristin Fischbach (5-0). "The foil squad focused well after the Cornell match", said Dr. Vrabel. "For the first time we now have five accomplished foilists on our squad. The freshmen are following Jayme Smith's lead and are very confident in their games. I look for this squad to have a strong day next week at New Hampshire."
Junior Elena Tringa continued to dominate in saber, going a perfect 18-0 on the day. She led the saber squad to an overall 36 and 21 performance. "Elena just continues to impress and Lauren Cebello was also solid (10-8 on the day)," said Dr. Vrabel. "Tringa's continued excellence will be essential if we are to be contenders in the conference this season."
The Pioneers are back in action this Saturday, November 19th at the University of New Hampshire where they will go up against perennial Northeast Fencing Conference Powers, Brown, Brandeis and MIT.