UND Roster

2015-16 Fencing Roster

Garrett McGrath


Height 6'3''
Class Senior
Hometown Mesa, AZ
High School Sequoia Choice


  • 2014, 2016 NCAA Championships Qualifier
  • 2014 NCAA Championship Men’s Epee Runner-Up
  • 2016 NCAA Championship Men’s Epee Eighth Place
  • 2014 First Team All-American
  • 2016 Second Team All-American
  • 2015, 2016 NCAA Midwest Regional Championship Men’s Epee Runner-Up
  • 2014 NCAA Midwest Regional Championship Men’s Epee Third Place
  • 2013 NCAA Midwest Regional Championship Men’s Epee Fifth Place
  • 2015 ACC Men’s Epee Champion
  • 2015 All-ACC
  • 2015 ACC Men’s Epeeist of the Year
  • 2014 Midwest Fencing Conference Championship Men’s Epee Third Place
  • 2013 Midwest Fencing Conference Men’s Epee Champion
  • 2013, 2014 First Team All-MFC
  • 2016 ACC Men’s Fencing Scholar-Athlete of the Year
  • 2015, 2016 All-ACC Academic Team
  • 2013, 2014, 2015 Team Most Valuable Epeeist
  • 2016 Byron V. Kanaley Award
  • 2016 Steve Donlon Men’s Epee Leadership Award
  • 2016 Team Captain

AS A SENIOR: Capped an outstanding Irish career by excelling both on the strip and in the classroom … earned the second All-American citation of his career with an eighth-place finish at the NCAA Championships, copping second-team honors … posted his second consecutive runner-up finish at the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships … finished fifth during individual competition at the ACC Championships …. posted a 35-23 record during regular-season competition … opened the season by taking gold at the Penn State Open in men’s epee … went 6-0 on the first day of the DeCicco Duals … went 16-8 at the Northwestern Duals … wrapped the regular season with a 10-5 day at the Duke Duals … was named the ACC Men’s Fencing Scholar-Athlete of the Year, making his second All-ACC Academic Team … named the team’s Steve Donlon Men’s Epee Leadership Award winner, in honor of the All-American and epee captain who was killed in an automobile accident during the summer of 1967 …  earned Notre Dame’s Byron V. Kanaley Award, given to senior monogram athletes who have been exemplary students and leaders … was a 2016 team captain … earned a monogram.

AS A JUNIOR: Won ACC Men’s Epee title, the ACC Men’s Team title and finished 13th at NCAA Championship … finished the season with a 54-23 record, logging 11-4 record at the Ohio State Elite Cup, a 7-7 mark at St. John’s, 8-4 log at NYU Invite, 10-5 mark at Northwestern Duals and 12-0 record at the DeCicco Duals, before posting 6-3 record in the ACC Championship team competition … at Ohio State, lost three bouts to Pennsylvania foes but rebounded to beat North Carolina’s M. Gopman-Slonim (5-1), Parker Williams (5-1) and Matthew Shlimak (5-1) … won 5-4 against Princeton’s Alex House and went on to beat Luke Politi 5-1 and Jack Hudson 5-4 … out-dueled Penn State’s Farzaan Karimi 5-2 and blanked Lars Swanson 5-0 … won 5-4 against Ohio State’s Matt Bogard in overtime, and beat M Blais-Belanger 1-0 with priority … finished the Ohio State tournament with a 5-3 victory against Bill Meyer … at St. John’s, went 1-1 against Buckeye foes and on in overtime with priority against Penn State’s Oskar Tang, 4-3 … versus Harvard, out-dueled Artidoro Pagnoni 5-4 and Nicolas Simko 5-3 … narrowly beat St. John’s Yvgenyi Karyuchenko, 5-4, and Noah Adamitis, 5-4 … bested Columbia’s Justin Wan, 5-4, but lost to Porter Hesslegrave, 5-3 … won all three bouts against Yalke opponents to start the NYI Invite … out-touched Columbia’s Gabe Canaux 5-2 and Brian Ro, 5-2 … again beat Karyuchenko 5-4 and stayed ahead of Adamitis to win, 5-2 … bested NYU’s Malcolm Lewis 5-1 … at Northwestern, lost two Princeton bouts but won 5-2 against Luke Politi … out-dueled Pennsylvania’s Renee Gannon-O’Gara 5-4 and Jake Raynis 5-2 … won all three bouts against the Stanford Cardinal, beating Paul Riviere 5-1, Harrison MacRae 5-4 and Ben Riviere 4-3 in overtime … against Air Force, won against Nathan Lee (5-3), Elias Johnson (5-2) and James Salem (5-3) … logged a 1-2 mark against UC San Diego to finish the day … at DeCicco Duals, beat Paul Duchow 5-2 and Logan Eskew 5-1 of Cleveland State … won over Wayne State’s Michael Haas, 5-1, Matthew Hilton, 5-0, and Steven Kudla, 5-3 … blanked Detroit’s Timothy Maley and Ben Bourdeau, beating Aaron Dittell 5-2 … won against Indiana’s Brandon German, 5-1 … finished the tournament with three 5-0 wins against Michigan bouters … at ACC Championship, finished with a 12-3 individual record and went on to beat Matthew Shlimak (North Carolina) 15-8 in the semifinals and Ethan Grab (Boston College) 15-8 to win the title … at NCAA Midwest regional, finished the day 10-3 in second place to qualify … at NCAA Championship, earned an 11-12 record, good for 13th place … earned a monogram.

AS A SOPHOMORE: Had best season of any Irish men’s epeeist, finishing second at NCAA Championship and earning first team All-America recognition … finished the year 39-17, improving career record to 64-25 … got off to fantastic start in second season with the Irish, posting 15-3 mark at NYU Invitational … etched 2-1 record against Yale, recovering from close 4-3 loss against Peter Cohen and out-dueling the Bulldogs’ Ben Mappin-Kasirer, 5-1, and Cornelius Saunders, 5-0 … versus Columbia also posted 2-1 mark, losing first bout to Justin Wan, 5-4 … re-grouped and defeated both Jake Hoyle and Andrei Tapai, 5-2 … having gained his stride, went undefeated in three consecutive match-ups with North Carolina, St. John’s and host NYU … earned 9-6 record at St. John’s Invite … facing off against Penn State, out-touched Jeffrey Miller 5-2 and Oskar Tang 5-0 before suffering 5-4 setback against Connor Shepard … logged 2-1 bout record against Harvard, beating Nicolas Simko 5-2 and Alexander Eldieb in a close, 5-4 duel … remained undefeated against host St. John’s, besting Trevor Shepard 5-3, Cooper Schumacher 5-1 and Yevgeniy Karyuchenko 5-4 … against Columbia, won 5-2 against Brian Ro before suffering two losses versus Justin Wan (5-4) and Jake Hoyle (5-3) … posted 11-5 record at Northwestern Duals … won two bouts against Pennsylvania, losing last bout of the match against Ayyub Ibrahim in close, 5-4 fashion … logged identical 2-1 mark against Princeton foes before posting 1-1 record against North Carolina opponents … fought to 2-1 finish against Stanford and Duke … earned impressive overtime win against Cardinal combatant Ben Riviere, 5-4 … notably blanked Duke’s Dylan Nollner 5-0 … battled back and forth with Duke’s Allessio Santoro, losing 5-4 to the Duke dualist … notched 3-0 mark against Lawrence and Cal Tech and 2-0 mark against UC-San Diego to finish the day on eight-bout win streak … at DeCicco Duals, won four of seven bouts … bested Cleveland State’s Salih Yasun (5-2) and Northwestern’s Alistair Murray (5-2) … notched a pair of 5-2 wins against Penn State’s Jeffrey Miller and Connor Shepard … at NCAA Midwest Regional, finished third behind Ohio State’s Kristian Boyadzhiev and Marco de Guzman … at NCAA Championships, finished first day with 8-7 mark after being undefeated in second round of pool play … increased from eighth place to fourth place heading into semifinals on second day … ousted Duke’s Santoro 13-9 in semifinal bout … quickly scored touches against St. John’s Karyuchenko, 2-0, only for Karyuchenko to counter and tie the bout … advanced, 12-10 heading into final round of the bout but faltered and lost to a torso touch, 15-13 … earned a monogram.

AS A FRESHMAN: Ended his first season with the Irish with a 25-8 record and a 13th-place finish at the NCAA Championships in addition to being named Midwest Fencing Conference (MFC) Champion in men’s epee … earned first-team all-MFC honors with a 13-4 win over Kristian Boyadzhiev of Ohio State … notched a 12-3 mark at the St. John’s Invitational, second-best individual epee record for the tournament … went 3-4 the next day at the NYU Invitational and finished the regular season 10-1 at the Notre Dame Duals … his only loss at the Castellan Family Fencing Center came in the last bout of the day to Air Force’s James Salem, who won by one touch with a 3-2 score as time expired … making his Irish debut in Carnesecca Arena, defeated Buckeye epeeists Boyadzhiev, Daniel Tafoya and Narayan Pathi with scores of 5-4, 5-1 and 5-3 respectively, then went on to post another 3-0 record against Penn State … continued his perfect score with a 3-0 mark against Harvard, defeating eventual NCAA third-place finisher Peregrine Badger five touches to three before out-dueling Badger’s Crimson teammates Ben White and Mike Raynis 5-3 and 3-2 …narrowly beat Raynis with overtime priority … finished the day in Jamaica, N.Y. with a 2-1 mark against host St. John’s and a 1-2 record versus Columbia … at MFC Championships, entered direct elimination with the No. 10 seed … advanced into the round of eight with wins against Iowa’s Lance Hanson, Wayne State’s Darrin Winston, and familiar Buckeye foe Pathi … continued into the finals with a 6-6 priority win against eventual NCAA Champion Marco Canevari and by downing Irish teammate Michael Rossi 15-14 … in NCAA Midwest Regional competition, narrowly qualified for the trip to San Antonio over senior James Kaull with a +23 indicator, one more than Kaull’s +22 … down in San Antonio, finished round-robin play with a 12-11 record, just shy of honorable mention All-American status.

PREP & PERSONAL: Graduated from Sequoia Choice High School, and competed with the Arizona Fencing Academy club team … was the overall epee champion at the 2012 Junior Olympic Fencing Championships … earned a sixth-place finish in the 2012 Division I National Championships … claimed third place at the Gothensborg Cadet European Epee Cup … secured the final touch in gold medal team bout against France at the 2011 Challans France Cadet Epee … born Matthew Garrett McGrath … son of Michael and Deroda McGrath … has one brother, Keegan … is currently majoring in computer science at the University.

McGrath’s Career Record

Year W L Pct. NCAA Finish
2012-13 25 8 .758 13th
2013-14 39 17 .696 2nd
2014-15 54 23 .701 2nd
2015-16 35 23 .603 8th
Career 153 71 .683 2nd