NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Sacred Heart women's fencing team travelled to New Haven on Saturday to take on the Yale Bulldogs.
The match was very close from the outset and seesawed back and forth throughout the match. The Pioneers entered the final three foil bouts with the match tied at 12. Gabby Garofano lost a tough bout to Yale's Megan Murphy 5-3 but the Pioneers bounced back with a 5-0 win by Aileen Trella over Yale's Jin Ai Yap. This set up the winner-take-all bout between CJ McCarter and Yale's All-American Lauren Miller. The bout was 4-4 when time ran out. In overtime CJ McCarter had priority but just fell short when a close simultaneous action was called in favor of Yale's Miller.
In addition to McCarter's excellent performance, Taylor Walsh went 3-0 in saber and Mia Volpe, Megan Floyd and Natalie Rossetti all were 2-1 on the day. "This was a great effort by our team today", said head coach Dr. Thomas Vrabel. "Our captain Tess Kallmeyer was out due to a knee injury and this really hurt us. Tess did very well against Yale last season and without her in the lineup we just did not have three competitive foil spots today. Despite the close loss, I am very pleased with our spirit and how hard we worked throughout the meet. Taylor Walsh is beginning to dominate on the strip and I am very pleased with her progress. Our epee team remains solid and should have a good day in Philadelphia on Sunday."
The Pioneers are back in action at the David Michanik fencing room at the University of Pennsylvania on Sunday, January 26 at the Philadelphia Invitational. Fencing begins at 9 AM.