Women’s Fencing Defeats Yale 15-12 in Perfect Day at Vassar

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. - The Sacred Heart women's fencing team traveled to Vassar College on Saturday to fence Drew, Yale and Queens College.  The Pioneers had a perfect day, besting Drew 24-3, Yale 15-12, and Queens 25-2. 

The highlight of the day was the Yale rematch.  The Pioneers went 4-5 in the first round, with foil contributing two wins and epee and saber one win each.  They came back to tie the match at 9-9 after the second stanza on the strength of two-win performances from both foil and epee.  The Pioneers' momentum continued into the final stanza where, led by a 3-0 sweep by saber, they took six wins to finish off the 15-12 victory.  Sophomores Tess Kallmeyer and Megan Floyd led the Pioneers against Yale with 3-0 performances.  Natalie Rossetti, Elena Tringa and Lauren Cebello were also major contributors with two wins each.

"It was great to see all three weapon squads contribute equally in this important second win of the season against Yale", said head coach Dr. Tom Vrabel.  "We had a high level of confidence today and it showed in the results.  Floyd and Kallmeyer were on their game today and the other fencers fed off of their energy.  This was a true team effort as we got wins from eight of the nine positions.  I like where our team is as we go into the all-important final week of our dual meet season."

The Pioneers are back in action on Thursday, Feb. 7 at NYU to face NYU and Columbia and are at the University of New Hampshire on Saturday, Feb. 9 for the final Northeast Fencing Conference matches of the year.  Action starts at 5 p.m. on Thursday at NYU at the Jerome Coles Athletic Complex, 181 Mercer Street in Manhattan and 9 a.m. Saturday at New Hampshire at the Hamill Recreation Center which is part of the Whittemore Athletic Complex, 128 Main Street on the UNH Campus.