NEW YORK - Following a strong performance in a 16-11 loss to Columbia on Friday night in Manhattan, the Sacred Heart women's fencing team used a strong performance from the saber squad to win the NEIFC Tournament Championship on Saturday.
This tournament has been held since the early 1950s and is a one-day championship where team and individual championships are decided for squads from 14 northeastern universities and colleges. Sacred Heart defeated Boston College by one bout to win the NEIFC women's title. The saber squad of Julia Greene, Taylor Walsh and Lindsey Severud tied Tufts for the saber championship. The epee squad of Megan Floyd, Natalie Rossetti and Mia Volpe placed second, and the foil squad of Tess Kallmeyer, CJ McCarter and Aileen Trella placed third. Six Pioneers (Greene, Walsh, Floyd, Rossetti, McCarter and Trella) qualified for the individual competition with Greene, Walsh, Floyd and Rossetti advancing to the medal round of the competition. Julia Greene and Taylor Walsh tied for first place in saber and Greene defeated Walsh 5-2 to win the Saber title. Megan Floyd was the epee champion and Natalie Rossetti was the bronze medalist. This is the Pioneers' first NEIFC title and the first time that they have had multiple individual champions.
"This was an amazing conclusion to our season", said head coach Dr. Thomas Vrabel. "Our team fought off the fatigue from the match the night before in Manhattan and came out with an unbelievable focus today. To be successful at an event like this, all nine starters have to be on and this was a true team victory. I am especially proud of the performances of Lindsey Severud and Aileen Trella today. Their strong performance in the C strips of their respective events were keys to our win. Every win, no matter from which starting spot is just as important. It was very important that our contenders for the getting to the NCAA Championship final round did well today. Greene, Walsh, Floyd and Rossetti were solid and confident all day and it showed in their amazing results. They will be going in to NCAA Regionals on a high note and I look for them to be very strong at Wellesley in two weeks."
The Pioneers are back in action on March 9th at Wellesley College for the Regional round of NCAA Championship. Sacred Heart qualified nine fencers for Regionals and will be represented by Tess Kallmeyer, CJ McCarter and Aileen Trella in foil, Megan Floyd, Natalie Rossetti and Mia Volpe in epee and Julia Greene, Taylor Walsh and Lindsey Severud in saber.