NEW YORK - The Sacred Heart women's fencing team traveled to NYU's Coles Athletic Complex on Thursday to take on the Columbia Lions and the NYU Violets.
The second-ranked Lions decided to rest several key starters and Sacred Heart took advantage of the opportunity to earn a 15-12 win. The team was led to victory by a 3-0 performance in saber by senior squad captain Lauren Cebello. She was supported with two wins each by Aileen Trella and CJ McCarter in foil, Megan Floyd in epee, and Elena Tringa in saber.
"This was a nice win for us today", said head coach Dr. Thomas Vrabel. "The six wins in saber were really a key to this win. Foil also did a nice job in taking five bouts. Epee was not at their best and for some reason allowed distractions to get in the way of their focus. They are better than only four wins against the fencers that Columbia put up against them and they know it. We will be back at work on this next week".
The Pioneers put up a valiant effort but were unable to get a season sweep of NYU as they fell to the Violets by a 15-12 margin. Epee managed five wins on the strength of an excellent 3-0 performance by freshmen Mia Volpe and two wins from Colleen Mason. Unfortunately foil was only able to provide four wins (two wins from CJ McCarter) and saber three (two wins from Elena Tringa).
"This was a frustrating loss tonight", said Dr. Vrabel. "Some of our key fencers lost focus in this match and it cost us dearly. We are working too hard to allow this kind of a performance to happen. All we can do is address the situation in practice and be ready to bounce back when we return to competition in two weeks."
The Pioneers will be back in action at Brandeis on Saturday, February 23rd for the New England Intercollegiate Conference Championship Tournament. The men's foil and epee squads and the women's epee squad will compete on Sunday, February 24th at the National Collegiate Squad Championships at Ohio State.