December 1, 2012

Pioneers Defeat UNC and NYU Tradition Tournament

(Poughkeepsie, NY) - The Sacred Heart Women's Fencing Team posted impressive 14-13 victories over North Carolina and New York University at Vassar College on Saturday at the annual Tradition Tournament.  The Pioneers were 2-5 on the day, losing to perennial national powers Harvard (19-8), Princeton (25-2), Penn State (21-6), University of Pennsylvania (18-9), and Temple (25-2).  The Pioneers were led on the day by Sophomore epee star Megan Floyd and Senior foilist and team captain Jayme Smith.  Floyd was 10-8 on the day, including impressive wins over 2011 NCAA Champion Margherita Guzzi of Penn State, and All Americans Amrit Bhinder of UPenn, and Nadia Eldeib of Harvard.   Smith was 7-7 on the day, including three wins against UNC and two against NYU.

"The two wins today were huge after the frustration that the team experienced at MIT," comments head coach Dr. Thomas Vrabel.  "During an event with this level of competition it is important that the team does not get down on itself and stays up for the matches where we are competitive.  The team knew what it had to do and was up to the challenge of noticeably improved Carolina and NYU squads.  Megan Floyd continues to gain confidence and is getting many quality wins.  She appears to be on track to go back to the NCAA Championships this year.  Jayme Smith, Natalie Rossetti, and Elena Tringa were suffering from very painful injuries and were really hurting by the NYU match.  They all stepped up big and won two bouts each to key this win.  After fencing eighteen dual meet matches in less than a month it is time to rest up and take on final exams for the semester.  I look for us to have a strong second half."

The Pioneers are back in action on January 19th when they take on the Yale Bulldogs at the Paine-Whitney Gym in New Haven.  The match will start at 1 PM.