(New Haven, CT) - The Women's Fencing team travelled to Yale Saturday, but after a tough battle, fell 15-12 to the Bulldogs. Sacred Heart was down only 4-5 after the first round of competition.
They came back to tie the score at nine after two rounds, powered by a 3-0 sweep from the epee squad. Epee continued to dominate and took two of their last three bouts to finish the day at 6-3. Saber could not get a win in round three, which meant that foil would have to sweep the Elis for the win. Tess Kallmeyer won the first foil bout, but despite a determined and valiant effort, Ailleen Trella lost to Zhou of Yale 4-3 to end the Pioneer's chance for victory.
Sacred Heart was led by a perfect 3-0 performance from sophomore Natalie Rossetti and 2-1 days from Megan Floyd in epee, Elena Tringa in saber and Aileen Trella in foil. "Despite the close loss, I am very proud and satisfied with our performance today", comments head coach Dr. Thomas Vrabel. "Yale is a very good team and to push them this hard ward really exciting. Our young team (four freshman and no senior starters) is peaking at the end of the season. The athletes' determination and spirit is very exciting to see. I am very happy for Natalie Rossetti today. Being from nearby Guilford, Natalie had a large cheering section at the match. She did a great job performing for the home crowd. Natalie is rapidly becoming one of the top epee fencers in the east and she is putting herself in a great position for a run at the NCAA championships. The performances of our freshmen Aileen Trella and Megan Floyd were also nice to see. Aileen is such a fierce competitor that she never takes losing lightly. She is having a wonderful freshman season. Floyd's self confidence grows in every match and it is rapidly catching up to her athletic ability. Megan just keeps getting better and better. We are in a great position to make a run at the league championship. It may come down to the BC match in two weeks. I know that we will be ready."
The Pioneers are back in action on Wednesday, February 8th at Columbia where they will take on the Lions and the NYU Violets. Action begins at 4 PM.