PHILADELPHIA - The Sacred Heart women's fencing team travelled to the David Michanik Fencing Center at the University of Pennsylvania on Sunday to compete in the Philadelphia Invitational. Sacred Heart defeated Johns Hopkins 18-9 and Haverford 17-10 but fell to Duke 16-11, Northwestern 21-6 and Penn 17-10.
"This was a solid finish to our dual match campaign", said head coach Dr. Thomas Vrabel. "We were competitive in all of our matches and we took charge against a good Johns Hopkins squad in our final match. Julia Greene had a great day against very tough competition and her performance moved her up in the rankings for the NCAA Regional round. This is always a very difficult event due to the strength of the competition and I was very pleased with the way that some of our freshmen, like Samantha Abbott and Mackenna Lamphere, handled the atmosphere. CJ McCarter and Bailey Partridge also had nice performances but they have been to Penn before and fenced as I expected they would. Overall, this experience sets us up well for NCAA Regionals in three weeks".
The Pioneers will be back in action at Vassar College on Sunday March 13th for the Northeast Regional round of the NCAA Championship. Action will begin at 8:30 AM.