February 24, 2013

Epee Squad Places Fifth at National Squad Championships

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The third annual National Collegiate Squad Championships were held on Sunday at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.  The SHU epee squad (squad captain Colleen Mason, Megan Floyd and Natalie Rossetti) placed fifth. 

The squad was seeded sixth going into the event and took on the third seeded Northwestern Wildcats in the quarterfinals.  Despite a spirited effort the Pioneers fell to the Wildcats 45-29.  The Pioneers then took on the NYU Violets in the consolation bracket.  All of the fencers contributed equally in a solid 45-21 win over NYU.  They then fenced against the North Carolina Tar Heels for fifth place.  Sacred Heart took the lead after the first encounter at 5-4 and steadily built up a lead throughout the match.  Megan Floyd closed out the match with a 5-1 performance against Allie Mead of UNC to seal a 45-39 victory. 

"I was pleased with our performance today", commented head coach Dr. Thomas Vrabel.  "We fought very hard against an excellent Northwestern squad and then did a nice job against an NYU squad that beat us a few weeks ago in New York.  I liked the confidence that the squad showed in the win over a tough UNC squad.  We look to be in a good position as we go into the final weekend of league competition."

The Pioneers are back in action next Sunday at the Boston Fencer's Club in Waltham, Mass. for the third NFC meet of the season where they will take on Vassar, Boston College, Tufts and other competition.