November 17, 2009

Pioneer Men Go 3-1 At Vassar Invitational

Nov. 17, 2009

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY - The Sacred Heart men's fencing team started their 2009-10 dual match season on Sunday at the Vassar Invitational, finishing the day with a 3-1 record.

The Pioneers began their Invitational with an impressive win against Drew University, 21-6. Drew had beaten the Pioneers in the last two seasons but they had lost some strength from last year, giving the Pioneers an excellent opportunity for a victory. SHU started out fast and was never headed in this match.

The Pioneers then took on a much improved Haverford College squad that was really up for this opportunity. Haverford jumped out to a 6-3 lead after the first round and kept up their intensity on the way to a 16-11 victory over the Pioneers.

Sacred Heart closed out the day with wins against Hunter College (25-2) and Yeshiva University (26-1).

The Pioneers were led on the day by sophomore epeeist Travis Pereira (Port Washington, NY), who was 7-1. Despite dropping two bouts against Haverford, sophomore Justin Dion (N. Attleboro, MA) went 6-2 and squad captain Kyle Dee (Colchester, CT) was 7-1 for the day.

Saber was paced by freshman Ryan O'Halloran (Garden City, NY) at 8-1, and sophomores CJ Fleck (Sicklerville, NJ) who was 7-2, and Marty Williams (Plainfield, NJ) at 4-1.

Three freshmen had solid performances in Stuart Holmes (Centereach, NY) at 8-2, Jared Rebeor (Coeyman's Hollow, NY) who was 4-2 and Ethan Patterson (Greenville, NY)at 5-2 , as did juniors Will Puglisi (Totowa, NJ) at 6-2, and junior team captain Jim Roberts (North Haven, CT) at 4-1.

"The win against Drew was very sastisfying, but manner in which we lost to Haverford was disappointing," commented head coach Dr. Thomas Vrabel. "Haverford has a great team this year, but we have also improved and they should not have dominated us the way they did. The momentum that we had from the Drew win just did not cary over to the Haverford match. They just wanted it more than we did today. We have a week to get this right before our big matches against Brandeis, Brown and MIT this weekend. I am sure that we will bounce back from this setback and get back on track for Saturday."

The Pioneers are in action this Saturday at Brown University for the year's first Northeast Fencing Conference meet.