BOSTON - The Sacred Heart men's fencing team clinched its fourth consecutive Northeast Fencing Conference Championship on Saturday, going 5-0 on the day. Senior team captain Stuart Holmes was named the NFC Fencer of the Year after finishing the NFC season 28-0.
This is the fourth year in a row that SHU has been 10-0 in conference play. The Pioneers dominated their matches on the day with wins over Dartmouth (26-1), Tufts (25-2), Vassar (22-5), Boston College (20-7) and UMass (23-4). Holmes led the way, going 13-0 in the foil competition. His combined conference record of 28-0 will earn him NFC Fencer of the Year honors. He was ably supported in foil by Andrew Holmes (12-1) Alex Harwood (10-0), and Jonathan Jacovino (5-1). The epee squad was led by 13-2 days from Kevin Almerini and Jeremiah German, 6-2 from Michael Fenech and 5-1 from Khristopher White. Saber was paced by a 14-1 day from Thomas Gerrity, 13-1 from Ryan O'Halloran, and 8-6 from Christopher Di Pietro.
"This was a great finish to our dual match season", said head coach Dr. Thomas Vrabel. "We took this meet very seriously and our hard work paid off today. The guys were not to be denied. Stuart Holmes completed his goal of going undefeated in league play this season and he deserves the Fencer of the Year Award. To win the conference title four years in a row is a great accomplishment for us. I am so proud of how everyone was able to focus and perform under pressure today. This was a great way to prepare for NCAA Regionals next week. We can't wait to hang another conference championship banner in the Pitt Center rafters".
The Pioneers are back in action next Sunday as they compete in the NCAA Regionals at St. John's University in New York City.