UND Roster

2010-11 Fencing Roster

Zach Schirtz


Height 6'5''
Class Senior
Hometown Rochester, NY
High School Greece Athena

AS A SENIOR: Named team captain of the foil squad for the second consecutive year … finished final campaign with a record of 16-8 to finish with 130 career victories with the Irish … named member of honorable mention all-MFC team … earned fourth monogram … opened the year with a 4-4 record at the NYU Invitational, going a perfect 2-0 against Columbia … finished 5-2 at the St. John[apos]s Challenge … clinched the foil victory over Penn State with his 5-2 win over NCAA competitor David Willette … won lone bout at the Notre Dame Duals, defeating Air Force[apos]s Daniel Cohen, 5-0, to give the Irish a 7-2 victory in the foil … posted three wins at the Northwestern Duals … clinched the foil victory over North Carolina with a 5-1 triumph over Jeeho Kim … ended regular season with a perfect 3-0 mark at the Irish Duals … finished ninth at the Midwest Fencing Conference Championships individually while helping the foil squad win the team title … recipient of the Walter M. Langford Memorial Award.

AS A JUNIOR: Completed his junior campaign at 39-9 and finished seventh at the Midwest Fencing Conference Championships … started the season with a 7-5 record at the NYU Invitational, posting a perfect 3-0 record against NYU … totaled a 5-3 record at the St. John[apos]s Challenge, clinching a 5-3 win over Penn State[apos]s Daniel Gomez and posting a 2-0 record to help the Irish take down Columbia … dominated at the Northwestern Duals with a 16-1 record, posting perfect 3-0 records against Detroit, Lawrence and Wayne State … aided the Irish with a clinching win versus Detroit … tallied an impressive 10-0 record at the Notre Dame Duals to complete the regular season, downing Michigan, Michigan State, Illinois, Chicago, Cleveland State, Purdue and Detroit with perfect records … earned seventh at the Midwest Fencing Conference Championships after being knocked out in the round of 8 (earning a bye and defeating Chicago[apos]s Noah Epstein, Michigan State[apos]s Zack Girouard, and Detroit[apos]s Michael Purdy-Sachs prior to elimination) … took fifth at the NCAA Midwest Regionals defeating Ohio State[apos]s Joe Doherty 15-12 and Cleveland State[apos]s Liran Gross 15-8 … named the recipient of both the Christopher Zorich and John Crikelair Awards.

AS A SOPHOMORE: Finished the regular season with a 28-9 record … opened the year with a 3-0 record at the NYU Invitational … also earned his 50th career win at the St. John[apos]s Duals … led the Irish men[apos]s foil team with a 10-4 record at the NYU Invitational … in Notre Dame[apos]s come-from-behind win over Ohio State at the NYU Invitational, gave the Irish the lead for good with a 5-4 win over Colin Sutter … went 9-2 at the Northwestern Duals, including a 3-0 mark versus Northwestern and a 2-0 record versus Wayne State … finished 5-4 at the Duke Duals … his run to the semifinals in the Midwest Conference Championships earned him first-team all-conference honors … entered the direct elimination round of the championships seeded first overall, which earned him a first round bye … then defeated Eduard Chavez of Case Western, 15-1, in the round of 64 and Wayne State[apos]s Michael Ramlow, 15-4, in the round of 32 … knocked off Ohio State[apos]s Colin Sutter, 15-7 in the round of 16 and teammate, Mark Kubik ,15-11, in the quarterfinals to advance to the semifinals, where he fell to teammate Enzo Castellani, 15-8.

AS A FRESHMAN: An 11th-place finisher at the NCAA Championships, earning third-team All-America honors … posted 12 wins at the NCAAs, including wins over Columbia[apos]s Sheriff Farrag and Ben Parkins of Ohio State … finished as the runner-up at NCAA Midwest Regionals … went 5-1 in pool play at regionals, including a 5-2 win over Irish teammate Jakub Jedrkowiak … earned the third seed in direct elimination … advanced to final with wins over Detroit[apos]s Jamie Gawecki (15-5) and Jedrkowiak (15-11) … then beat Jedrkowiak, 15-13, and teammate Steve Kubik, 15-12, in the semifinals … downed in the final by Ohio State[apos]s Andras Horanyi, 15-14 … posted an overall record of 47-11 (.810) in regular season bouts … his 47 wins were the most on the foil squad … went 14-0 at the Notre Dame Duals, helping the men[apos]s foilists to a 70-20 mark at the event … posted an 8-4 record at the Northwestern Duals … went 10-2 at the NYU Duals … opened his collegiate dual-season career with a 8-3 mark at Air Force[apos]s Western Invite … had impressive runner-up finish at Penn State Open in fall of 2007, with dramatic quarterfinal win over Penn State[apos]s Alex Salsman (15-14) and 15-13 semifinal with Yale[apos]s Nate Botwinick before losing 6-15 final to Ohio State[apos]s Andras Horanyi ([apos]07 NCAA champ).

PREP & PERSONAL: Started fencing at age five, at the Rochester Fencing Center (which remains his training club) … coached by Dr. Nat Goodhartz (a 2007 inductee into the USFA Fencing Hall of Fame) … entered first national competition as nine year-old, placing 14th at U-10 North American Cup in South Bend, Ind. … finished sixth overall in USFA[apos]s 2006-07 point standings for U.S. Junior National Team … competed in several 2006-07 international tournaments: 28th in Madrid, Spain; 25th in Aix-En-Provence, France; and 55th in Come, Italy (also fenced at event in Modling, Austria) … placed 14th at 2006 U-20 Summer Nationals (also 29th in overall men[apos]s foil bouts at that event) … his other 2006-07 national events included third-place finish at Jr. Olympics (Columbus, Ohio), 10th in overall foil standings at North American Cup (N.A.C.) in Richmond Va., and 13th in U-20 bouting at N.A.C. in Albuquerque N.M. … placed seventh overall at 2005-06 USFA Nationals (Atlanta), also finishing 19th overall at 2006 Summer Nationals, third at 2006 Jr. Olympics (Hartford, Conn.) and 16th overall at N.A.C. in Houston … his 2004-05 results included taking third at D-1A Nationals (Sacramento, Calif.) and being member of third-place foil team at 2005 Summer Nationals (also in Sacramento) … placed 14th at the 2005 Cadet (U-17) World Cup in Samaria, Slovakia … was runner-up in D-2 bouting at 2004 N.A.C. in Overland Park, Kan. … attended fencing camps at Westchester Fencing Club and the Northwest Fencing Center … competed in youth soccer, baseball and basketball before concentrating on fencing … graduated from Greece Athena High School, where his classmates included former Notre Dame baseball player Brian Dupra (one of the nation[apos]s top-rated pitching prospects in 2007) … received the Presidential Award for Outstanding Academic Excellence … member of National Honor Society … served as treasurer of Future Business Leaders of America at GAHS … graduated with 3.92 cumulative GPA … volunteered as youth counselor at sports Bible camp in Penfield, N.Y. … his sister, Alli Marie, was a five-time national epee champion, Jr. Olympic champ and member of 2002 U.S. Junior (U-20) and Cadet (U-17) National Teams … his cousin, Chris Trick ([apos]06), was recent hockey defenseman at Notre Dame while another cousin, James Russell, was All-America baseball pitcher at Villanova … son of Charles and Jodi Schirtz … full name is Zachary William Schirtz … born November 2, 1988, in Rochester, N.Y. … enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business as a marketing major.

Schirtz[apos]s Career Record

Year W L Pct. NCAA Finish
2008 47 11 .810 11th
2009 28 9 .757
2010 39 9 .813
2011 16 8 .667
Career 130 37 .778