POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – The Sacred Heart men's fencing team completed a successful weekend at the Vassar Dual Meet, finishing with a 5-3 record in the eight-round meet. The Pioneers scored five straight wins to start the day with victories coming over Haverford, Yeshiva, West Point, Lafayette and Hunter before falling to Stevens, Drew Green and Incarnate Word to end the day.
SHU eked out a win to start the day, posting wins in the foil and epee in a 14-13 tightly-contested triumph over Haverford.
A dominating performance came against Yeshiva as the Pioneers swept through the foil and epee events to win by a 21-6 margin.
Back-to-back sweeps in both the foil and epee followed as the Pioneers defeated West Point, 19-8, behind an 18-0 showing in the two events combined.
Another one-point victory continued a strong start to the day for SHU as the Pioneers defeated Lafayette, 14-13. After being swept 9-0 in the sabre, SHU recorded a pair of 7-2 victories in the foil and epee rounds to edge out the Leopards.
The most-convincing win of the day for SHU came against Hunter as the Pioneers toppled their opposition by a 22-5 margin. SHU won the sabre event 7-2 for the first and only time on the afternoon before continuing to dominate in the foil and epee on the way to a +17 margin.
The first loss for SHU came against Stevens, snapping a five-match win streak, as Stevens swept SHU in the sabre and won the epee 6-3. The Pioneers still managed to remain perfect in the foil with a 5-4 win over Stevens.
SHU remained perfect in the foil event, defeating Drew Green 5-4, but lost in the sabre and epee on the way to an 18-9 defeat.
The Pioneers finished the day with a 16-11 loss to Incarnate Word. SHU fell for the first and only time in the foil, 8-1, but scored just their second win in the sabre on the day with a 6-3 victory with the weapon.
Round 1 – SHU 14, Haverford 13
Round 2 – SHU 21, Yeshiva 6
Round 3 – SHU 19, West Point 8
Round 4 – SHU 14, Lafayette 13
Round 5 – SHU 22, Hunter 5
Round 6 – Stevens 19, SHU 8
Round 7 – Drew Green 18, SHU 9
Round 8 – Incarnate Word 16, SHU 11