NORTHAMPTON, Mass.— The Sacred Heart men's & women's fencing teams opened the 2017-18 schedule with the Big One Invitational held by the New England Intercollegiate Fencing Conference at Smith College on Saturday. Junior Dante Centeno earned gold in the men's epee and senior Bailey Partridge earned silver in the women's foil to lead the Pioneers.
The men's team finished with seven finishers in the top-20 in the epee, foil & saber events. Centeno led the way in the epee, finishing with a 4-1 record in pool play. Drawing the 11-seed in the bracket he fought his way through beating 14-seed Chris Armstrong of Brandeis 15-9 to advance into the finals. He bested the four-seed Sykes Nyle of MIT 15-12 to earn the individual win.
Freshman Troy Kapitzke went a perfect 5-0 in pool play & advanced to the round of eight before finishing fifth in the event. Junior Ian Senerth placed 10th & freshman Nicolo Cerminara finished 16th to round out SHU in the men's epee. Freshman Lucas Wetmore & senior Tyler Endee placed 14th & 17th in the men's foil event. Senior Daniel Marchelitis finished 20th in the men's sabre event.
On the women's side, six Pioneers finished in the top-20 in all three events. Partridge led the way in the women's foil after opening pool play 4-1. She drew a 14-seed in tournament play, besting two-seed Amanda Lewis of Boston College 15-8 in the quarterfinals. From there she took care of six-seed Brook Solsky of Boston College 15-5 before falling to four-seed Joanne Carminucci of Brandeis 15-10.
Sophomore Gabrielle Petrie also finished 13th in the women's foil for SHU. Freshman Ashley Cherry finished sixth in the women's epee to lead the Pioneers. She went a perfect 5-0 in pool play and advanced to the round of eight before falling to Doreen Wu of Boston College 15-13. Fellow freshman Daria Rudakova placed 13th and junior Samantha Abbott placed 18th.
Junior MacKenna Lamphere finished eighth in the women's sabre event. She went 4-1 in pool play and bested four-seed Laura Broffman of Brandeis 15-14 to advance to the round of eight. She dropped the semifinal match to Elysia Wang of Smith College 15-10.
SHU Fencing is back in action next Sunday, November 12 at the Vassar Invitational at Vassar College.