PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Sacred Heart women's fencing team travelled to Brown University on Saturday for the first weekend of Northeast Fencing Conference action for the season. Led by a 46-8 performance by the epee squad, Sacred Heart defeated Brandeis 14-13, University of New Hampshire 24-3, MIT 15-12, Boston University 26-1 and Wellesley College 26-1 before losing to Brown 14-13 in the day's finale.
In the important Brown contest the match was tied at 9-9l after two rounds. SHU won all three epee bouts and one foil bout in the final round but was swept in saber when Brown's Christine Whalen defeated SHU's freshmen sensation Julia Greene 5-4 in the 27th bout of the match.
The epee squad had a fantastic day, winning 85% of their bouts. Mia Volpe led the way with a 16-2 record and was closely followed by Megan Floyd (15-2) and Natalie Rossetti (13-4). Julia Greene continued her amazing start, leading the saber squad (38-16) with a 16-2 record. The foil squad was 34-20 and was led by CJ McCarter (13-5) and Aileen Trella (12-6).
"I am very pleased with our intensity and effort today", said head coach Dr. Thomas Vrabel. "We gave it everything we had and fought very hard. To have four new starters this season and end up just one touch shy of a perfect day was a great testament to how far we have come this season. Our epee squad is really asserting itself this year. The level of confidence and intensity that Rossetti, Floyd and Volpe compete with is a pleasure to see. I just can't say enough about how well Julia Greene has transitioned to college fencing. Her 37-2 start is truly amazing. Our very young saber squad (Greene, sophomore Lindsey Severud and freshmen Taylor Walsh) gets better every week. CJ McCarter has taken over as our stopper in foil and Aileen Trella is not very far behind. This could be the best season yet for Pioneer Women's Fencing".
The Pioneers are back in action on Sunday, December 8th at the Pitt Center when they host 2013 NCAA Champions Princeton, as well as Harvard, Penn State, NYU, and Temple in the 2013 Tradition Tournament. Action begins at 10 AM.