FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The Sacred Heart men's fencing team competed in its only home meet of the 2019-20 season, the SHU Dual Meet, on Sunday in the Pitt Center. The Pioneers went 0-5 on the day in bouts against Princeton (22-5 score), Vassar (18-9), Penn State (21-6), NYU (22-5) and Brown (16-11).
Starting the day against one of the premier Ivy League programs in Princeton, SHU suffered an 0-9 showing in the sabre discipline before falling 6-3 in the foil and 7-2 in the epee. First-year Lawrence Tan went 2-1 while Tomas Koeck defeated the Tigers' NCAA qualifier Cameron Levy in the foil round.
Competing against Vassar for the first time in 2019-20, the Pioneers dropped a 18-9 decision but did score a 5-4 victory in the foil as Koeck led the way with an undefeated 3-0 mark. Troy Kapitzke posted a pair of wins in the epee against Vassar, nearly leading SHU to a win in the round as the Pioneers were edged 5-4.
SHU battled Penn State in round three, falling to the Nittany Lions, 21-6. Tan was another standout for the Pioneers as he went 2-1 in the foil while first-year Jack Bell also scored two wins in the epee against a top-notch foe.
Tan led the way again with another 2-1 mark in the foil as SHU battled NYU to a 22-5 loss in round four.
Wrapping up the day with a round six bout against Brown, the Pioneers put up their first fight of the day in a 16-11 loss to the Bears. Mark Sharkey scored the lone point of the day for SHU in the sabre event while the Pioneers won the epee portion 6-3 and fell in the foil 5-4. Bell, Troy Kapitzke and Nicolo Cerminara each tallied two wins in the epee to give SHU the three-point win in that event.
SHU heads into the winter break and will next be in action on Saturday, January 18 with a dual meet at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.