PHILADELPHIA - The Sacred Heart women's fencing team travelled to the University of Philadelphia on Sunday, where they went 2-3 in the Philadelphia Invitational. The Pioneers defeated North Carolina 14-13 and Fairleigh Dickinson 18-9 while losing to Duke 14-13, Northwestern 16-11, and the hosts Penn 20-7.
The epee squad had an outstanding day with an overall 32-13 record, including an 8-1 win over North Carolina and 7-2 win over Duke. Megan Floyd was 13-2 on the day, including sweeps of North Carolina, Northwestern and Fairleigh Dickinson. She was ably supported by Mia Volpe (8-5) and Natalie Rossetti (7-4). The freshmen saber duo of Taylor Walsh (12-3) and Julia Greene (9-6) were also dominant, both posting 3-0 sweeps over the powerful Northwestern squad.
"Our team fought incredibly hard today", said head coach Dr. Thomas Vrabel. "All three squads gave it absolutely all they had. I can't say enough about the strength of the epee squad. To win four out of five squad matches against competition of this quality was amazing. Epee is a weapon where force of will is so important and Megan, Natalie and Mia have an incredible chemistry. Their combined record of 129-52 is very impressive. Taylor Walsh has become a force in women's saber. She took up where she left off at the Tradition meet in December. She now knows how to dominate a saber strip and her unique combination of strength, speed and length makes her a very formidable opponent. To have both Walsh (49-15) and Julia Greene (49-17) at almost fifty victories at this stage of the season is fantastic. Our saber duo and all three of our epee starters are positioning themselves for excellent runs to make the NCAA Championship round come March".
In Northeast Fencing Conference action on Saturday Tufts defeated Brown, which means that the Bears, Jumbos and Pioneers all have one loss in conference play. Sacred Heart can win their first NFC Championship with a sweep of the six matches they have in two weeks at the final NFC competition of the season.
The Pioneers are back in action at Columbia on Wednesday, February 5th when they will take on Columbia and NYU. Action starts at 5 p.m.