Notre Dame Wins 2015 ACC Men’s Fencing Championship

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Irish Sweep Individual Titles

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Notre Dame finished the team competition with a perfect 3-0 record to claim the 2015 ACC Men’s Fencing Championship, held Saturday at Carmichael Arena on the campus of the University of North Carolina.

After both teams started with victories in the first two rounds, Duke and Notre Dame faced off in the final round for the league title. The teams traded points early, and then the Fighting Irish pulled away to defeat the Blue Devils, 17-10, to win the championship.  Freshman Virgile Collineau won the clinching point for the Irish.

Notre Dame’s Jonah Shainberg (8-1) and Duke’s Pascual Di Tella (8-1) posted the best sabre records on the day. Collineau (8-0) and teammate Ariel DeSmet (7-0) were both perfect in foil, while Blue Devil’s Dakota Nollner (7-2) led the way in épée.

Notre Dame was led by its foil squad, which defeated Boston College and Duke 8-1 and North Carolina 9-0 for a combined tally of 25-2.

The Irish continued their winning ways in the afternoon by sweeping the individual championships. Freshman Jonathan Fitzgerald won the sabre title, Collineau took home the foil title, and junior Garrett McGrath won the épée title. DeSmet, a senior from Troutdale, Oregon, was voted as the Championship MVP following his performance during the day.

The top two finishers in each weapon automatically earn All-ACC honors.

The 2015 ACC Fencing Championships are the first since 1980, when the event was held from 1971 through 1980. During that time, six league institutions sponsored the sport: Clemson, Duke, Maryland, North Carolina, NC State, and Virginia. The Tar Heels, under current head coach Ron Miller, won eight of the 10 titles during the decade, with Clemson and Maryland winning the other two championships. 2015 will mark the first women’s fencing championship in league history.

 

Final Team Standings
Notre Dame 3-0
Duke 2-1
Boston College 1-2
North Carolina 0-3

Men's Team Results

Round 1
Notre Dame def Boston College, 23-4 (S81/F81/E72)
Duke University def UNC Chapel Hill, 19-8 (S54/F81/E63) 

Round 2
Notre Dame def UNC Chapel Hill, 18-9 (S54/F90/E45)
Duke University def Boston College, 20-7 (S90/F54/E63) 

Round 3
Notre Dame def Duke University, 17-10 (S54/F81/E45)
Boston College def UNC Chapel Hill, 14-13 (S36/F72/E45)

Sabre Champion
Jonathan Fitzgerald, Notre Dame 

Foil Champion
Virgile Collineau, Notre Dame 

Epée Champion
Garrett McGrath, Notre Dame

 

Championship MVP

Ariel DeSmet, Notre Dame