NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Sacred Heart women's fencing team defeated Yale for the first time in program history Saturday afternoon in New Haven.
Yale jumped out to a 5-4 lead after the first round of competition. The foil squad led the way on the strength of wins from team captain Jayme Smith and freshman start CJ McCarter. Elena Tringa in saber and Megan Floyd in epee also posted wins. The Pioneers bounced back to win the second stanza 5-4 to tie the match. Both epee (Floyd and Natalie Rossetti) and saber (Tringa and Lindsey Severud) had two wins with Smith getting the lone foil victory. In the third round the Pioneers won foil 2-1 with wins by McCarter and Tess Kallmeyer while Yale took the epee by the same margin with Rossetti earning the lone SHU win. This set up a winner-take-all final saber round. Tringa completed her perfect day by winning the second bout to tie the match at 13-13. Saber squad captain Lauren Cebello then came back from a 4-3 deficit against Yale's Rachel Hajesi to win 5-4 and clinch the match.
"This was an amazing day for our team", said head coach Dr. Thomas Vrabel. "We have come so close many times before but have always fallen short at Yale. I have to credit captain Jayme Smith's force of will for this victory. She got the entire team to believe that this win was possible and she once again led by example. I can't say enough about Elena Tringa's performance. Her focus was incredible in this match. She knew that for us to win she needed a perfect day and she sure did deliver. I am happy to see that we came off of the semester break with excellent focus and momentum. I look for us to be ready next Saturday at Temple".
The Pioneers are back in action on Saturday, January 26th at Temple University for the Philadelphia Invitational. Action begins at 9 AM.