(Cambridge, MA) - The Sacred Heart University Womens' Fencing Team got off to a rocky start in Northeast Fencing Conference action with a 3-3 record on Saturday. They defeated Wellesley College 25-2, Boston University 21-6, and the University of New Hampshire 24-3 but dropped three heartbreaking matches to Brown (14-13), MIT (14-13) and Brandeis (15-12).
The foil squad led the way on the day with an overall 46-8 record. They were led by senior team captain Jayme Smith and freshman star CJ McCarter, who both went 16-2. Sophomore Aileen Trella also dominated with a 14-4 mark. Epee fenced well but finished below expectations with a 35-19 day. They were led by sophomore Megan Floyd (13-4) and junior Natalie Rossetti (12-4). Saber went 27-27 and was hampered by a groin injury to star Elena Tringa that kept her out of the UNH, MIT and Brandeis matches. Tringa was 6-3 before having to retire for the day. Freshman Lindsey Severud was 9-9 in Saturday's action.
"This was a very frustrating day of near misses," comments head coach Dr. Thomas Vrabel. "We were poised to make a statement about deserving to be in the mix for the league title but it slipped away. I can't say enough about how Jayme Smith's foil squad performed. They have been amazing this season. I had expected strong seasons from Smith, Trella and Kallmeyer, but the emergence of CJ McCarter has been a very pleasant surprise. CJ is a strong foilist and has an incredible will to win. She takes losing very hard and this drives her to success. The loss of Tringa half way thru the day was a serious blow but we should have the talent to be able to absorb this kind of a loss. I know that the team is not satisfied with what happened today. Hopefully this will spur many on the team to work even harder to insure that we don't fall short like this again. While our goal of a league title is now history, we still have a lot to achieve this season. I look forward to the team bouncing back well from this adversity."
The Pioneers will take a major step up in class when they travel to Vassar on December 1st to take on perennial national powers Penn State, Harvard, UPenn, Princeton, Temple, UNC Chapel Hill and NYU. The competition begins at 10 AM.