(Fairfield, CT) - The Pitt Center was taken over by twenty fencing strips on Sunday as the Pioneers hosted the 2012 SHU Invitational. Sacred Heart went 5-2 on the day, defeating Haverford 19-8, FDU 19-8, Yeshiva 25-2, Vassar 23-6 and CCNY 23-6 while falling to Cornell 19-8 and Stevens Tech 15-12.
SHU was led by a strong 16-1 performance from sophomore Megan Floyd in epee. Floyd was supported by senior squad captain Colleen Mason 11-5 record and Junior Natalie Rossetti's 9-6 mark. Senior team captain Jayme Smith led foil with a 16-3 record. Freshmen foil sensation CJ McCarter also had a successful initiation into collegiate dual meet action with a 13-5 mark. Senior squad captain Lauren Cebello and senior Elena Tringa led the saber squad with identical 10-6 records.
"Sunday was a good start to the season, but it was not one of our best days," comments head Coach Dr. Thomas Vrabel. "I think that by the time of the match with Cornell in the eighth round we had run out of steam. They are a solid team but this was not our best effort. The loss to Stevens Tech is puzzling because we dominated Haverford and they had a comfortable win over Stevens Tech. Our epee squad fenced a bit flat in that match and that was probably the difference. Jayme Smith and Megan Floyd continue to excel. They are both ready to lead the team this season. CJ McCarter had a nice performance in her first day of dual matches. She did not fence this format in high school, so you are never quite sure of how that first time out will be, but she did just fine. Her determination is infectious. Our epee and saber squads still need to improve in their mental discipline and we will be working on that this week. I look for us to be ready for the start of league action this Saturday."
The team is back in action at MIT's Johnson Athletic Center on Saturday, November for the first weekend slate in the Northeast Fencing Conference schedule. Competition will begin at 9 AM.