(State College, PA) - The Pioneers travelled to State College Pennsylvania on Saturday to compete at the Tradition Tournament. The Pioneers defeated UNC Chapel Hill 16-11, and NYU 15-12 while losing to Harvard 22-5, Princeton 22-5, Penn State 25-2 and Temple 19-8. This was the first time that Sacred Heart has won two matches at this prestigious tournament.
Sacred Heart defeated UNC Chapel with squad wins by foil (8-1) and epee (5-4). The win over the NYU Violets was led by perfect 3-0 records from team captain Jayme Smith in Foil, Junior star Elena Tringa in saber, and the epee trio of Natalie Rossetti, Colleen Mason and Megan Floyd. Rossetti led the Pioneers on the day with an 11-7 performance while Smith saw more limited action due to a bruised wrist but still finished with a 6-4 mark. Elena Tringa led the saber squad with an 8-10 record.
"This was a great performance for our young team", comments head coach Dr. Thomas Vrabel. "Our epee squad continues to perform well and Jayme Smith, Aileen Trella and Elena Tringa had nice wins against very strong competition. This team continues to impress me. We knew that we would be improved this season but to go 11-6 during the fall campaign was a very pleasant surprise."
As the season reaches the half way point, several Pioneers are posting records that will put them in high seeds at the NCAA regionals in March. All three epee starters have at least 30 wins (Floyd 34-17, Rossetti 30-15 and Mason 30-16), Tringa is 32-13 in saber and the combination of Smith (24-12) and Trella (24-19) both have been very successful against strong foil competition.
The Pioneers are back in action during the weekend of January 22nd when they compete at the Philadelphia Invitational at the University of Pennsylvania.