Special Effort By Lady Wildcats

Team captains, all juniors, left to right: Kayla Soulias is the Wildcats #1 seeded Foil fencer; Paige Tortorice is the #1 seed for Epee fencers, Samantha Ruotolo is an Epee fencer who has shown remarkable progress this season, and Emily Ferrante is the #1 seeded Saber fencer.
Team captains, all juniors, left to right: Kayla Soulias is the Wildcats #1 seeded Foil fencer; Paige Tortorice is the #1 seed for Epee fencers, Samantha Ruotolo is an Epee fencer who has shown remarkable progress this season, and Emily Ferrante is the #1 seeded Saber fencer.
Captain Kayla Soulias, has been working with an outside fencing team and significantly upped her level coming into the season. Kayla is very competitive and her leadership abilities will be counted on next year as well.
Captain Kayla Soulias, has been working with an outside fencing team and significantly upped her level coming into the season. Kayla is very competitive and her leadership abilities will be counted on next year as well.
Melissa Shaiman, seeded 3rd in Saber fencing has show steady improvement and looks to make her mark as a senior next year.
Melissa Shaiman, seeded 3rd in Saber fencing has show steady improvement and looks to make her mark as a senior next year.
Junior Anastasia Alpy, the 2nd seeded Epee fencer has focused on her fencing and is working extremely hard. Like so many on the fencing team Anastasia carries a full plate of co-curricular activities.
Junior Anastasia Alpy, the 2nd seeded Epee fencer has focused on her fencing and is working extremely hard. Like so many on the fencing team Anastasia carries a full plate of co-curricular activities.
Junior Emily Ferrante is known to stand seven feet tall with her larger than life personality, which, teamed with her leadership ability, gives coach Jackie Addeo an extra voice.
Junior Emily Ferrante is known to stand seven feet tall with her larger than life personality, which, teamed with her leadership ability, gives coach Jackie Addeo an extra voice.

Varsity Coach Jackie Addeo and her Lady Wildcat fencers are in a true rebuilding year. The team is void of any senior experience and find themselves outmatched in that arena. “I’m a big proponent of my fencers not worrying about winning and losing, but to focus more on giving it their all and learning with the experience of being on the strip.” Next year the Lady Wildcats should be a force to contend with. “The girls are really putting their heart and sole into fencing and that’s a really big component to winning,” said coach Addeo.

The Suffolk County Fencing Championships begin at 1PM on Saturday, February 6th at Ward Melville High School and coach Addeo is positive about some of her prospects in the tough competition. “Kayla Soulias is definitely someone to watch,” said the first year coach. “Emily Ferrante is another fencer who could do well, and we may even be surprised by freshman Ann Rodriguez who really has stepped up to the plate and has grown as a fencer this season.”  Coach Addeo is also expecting a good showing from Sophomore Maegan Guzman and Anastasia Alpy and knows that for all of her young fencers, the experience of top-level competition is crucial to the teams growth and success.

The Lady Wildcat fencers closed out their season with a winning 8-7 record, a nice accomplishment for a first year coach. “I want to specifically thank the parents of my fencers who have shown such great support, not only for me as a new coach, but the program as a whole,” said Addeo.

Congratulations to the fencers and their families who are giving it their all and building something special.