Pioneers go 5-1 to finish the Northeast Fencing Conference season 9-3

Feb. 6, 2010

BOSTON, MA - The Sacred Heart women's Fencing Team closed out their Northeast Fencing Conference season with an impressive 5-1 record at Tufts on Saturday. They defeated Smith College 22-5, Dartmouth 19-8, Tufts 14-13, UMass 24-3, and Vassar 15-12. The only loss of the day was a 14-13 defeat to Boston College that came down to the final touch in a 4-4 bout.

The Pioneer's finished the conference slate with a 9-3 mark that left them in a third place tie with Boston College. This is both the highest finish and the highest win total for Sacred Heart in their for years in conference competition.

"This was a very gratifying finish to the Conference season," said head coach Dr. Thomas Vrabel. "We had a very young team with five freshmen starters and had to fill the hole left by losing three of the top five fencers from last year's team."

"On paper this team should have not finished in the top half of the league," he continued. "Their performance is a testament to the hard work that this group put in all season."

As has been the case all year, the saber squad led the way and was an overall 47-7 for the day. The Senior-freshmen duo of team captain Krista Bacci and Elena Tringa each posted 17-1 records and were complemented by senior Catie Sagevick who was 11-3. Tringa finshed league play with a 31-5 record and was closely followed by Bacci who went 30-6. Both women are in contention for all league honors.

Epee was led again by the Connecticut duo of Waterford freshman Colleen Mason and Bridgeport senior squad captain Ali Roach who both were 12-6 on the day. Freshmen Brooke Perlee was very effective when called on and posted a 7-1 mark. Mason has a shot at second team all league status with her season mark of 24-12.

Another Connecticut fencer, Ridgefield freshman foilist Jayme Smith was 15-3 and finished the conference season with a 30-6 record. She is also in contention for all league honors.

"I am so very, very proud of the way that this team closed out the year," said Vrabel. "They have always been greater than the sum of their parts and never backed down from anyone all season. The leadership displayed by team captain Bacci and the rest of the seniors (Ali Roach, Catie Sagevick, Casey Zimmermann and Jen Wysocki) has been outstanding and is a major factor in taking us to this level of success. Our NCAA match record of 14-16 is the best ever for the team. I look for us to have a great conference tournament in two weeks."

The Pioneers will be again in action on Sunday, February 21st as Mount Holyoke College hosts the NEIFC Conference Tournament.