POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – The Sacred Heart men's fencing team took down a gold medal as winners of the Vitale Cup at the NEIFC Championships held at Vassar College on Saturday. Lawrence Tan, Tomas Koeck and Lucas Wetmore helped SHU earn gold in the team's foil competition while Tan also took down silver in the foil individual tournament and Koeck earned bronze.
In the team competition, SHU dominated to the tone of a 30-3 record in foil that earned gold for the Pioneers. Tan went undefeated at 11-0 while Koeck went 10-1 and Wetmore finished with a mark of 9-2. These three records combined were good enough for SHU to capture gold as the top foil unit at the NEIFC Championships.
At the individual section in round-robin play, Koeck went 5-0 and defeated former NEC champ Robert Law of MIT to earn the No. 1 seed for the single-elimination rounds. Tan, meanwhile, went 3-2 while Wetmore went 4-1. In the semifinals, Tan and Koeck faced one another with a trip to the title match on the line. Tan ultimately defeated Koeck but fell in the title match to earn silver. Koeck won the third place bout to earn bronze while Wetmore finished in fifth place.
In the epee portion of the competition, the Pioneers' epee team earned the silver medal in the team flight of competition. Troy Kapitzke, Nicolo Cerminara and Bennett Cohen combined to earn silver for SHU. In the individual portion, Cohen advanced to the finals and earned silver as the runner-up while both Kapitzke (5th) and Cerminara (6th) advanced to the quarterfinal stage and each earned a top eight result in the epee.