2002 NCAA Qualifier
Returning NCAA participant who has the most collegiate experience on Irish sabre squad, with three full seasons and 119 career regular-season bouts prior to 2003 ... was listed 38th in the preseason U.S. men?s sabre rankings (Nov. 5) ... a battler who combines good technique with all-around athleticism ... could enjoy banner year if he maintains control of his emotions ... heads into senior season ranked 26th overall (12th among sabres) on Notre Dame men?s fencing career winning percentage list (.857, 102-17) ? also enters 2003 ranked 52nd on Irish victories list (16th among sabres, needing 27 wins to crack the sabre top 10) ? placed third at Maccabiah Games in Israel in summer of 2001, losing to world champ Sergei Charikov ? named to Dean?s List in both semesters of his junior year.
AS A JUNIOR: Combined with seniors Andrzej Bednarski and Andre Crompton for potent sabre threesome (404 combined regular-season wins) ? continued steady progress before edging Bednarski for Notre Dame?s second sabre NCAA spot ? posted 39-8 regular-season record (.830) ? went 9-3 at NYU Duals, including 2-1 record (5-4 win over Darrin Whitmer) in win over St. John?s ? added 15-1 record at Air Force Duals and 8-4 at Ohio State Duals (5-4 win over OSU?s Colin Parker) ? went 7-0 at Wayne State Duals and helped Irish win Midwest Fencing Conference title (5-3 vs. Ohio State in sabre title matchup) ? posted first career win over Wayne State?s Jakub Krochmalski (5-4), in MFC semifinals ? did not fence in MFC individual competition ? matched his seed with fifth-place finish at Midwest Regional before earning at-large NCAA berth (he placed 14th with a 9-14 record, at Drew University) ? runner-up at Penn State Open in fall of 2001, behind PSU?s Alex Weber, before finishing 16th at North American Cup in Palm Springs.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Posted 40-5 record on sabre squad that won nearly 90 percent of its bouts (146-17, .885) ... went 9-0 at NYU Duals, 7-0 at Northwestern Duals and 23-1 at Notre Dame Invitational (loss to WSU?s Krochmalski) ... his other losses came at the Duke Duals, vs. fencers from Stanford, Duke and Ohio State (2) ... went 4-2 at MFC Team Championships, with 5-1 win over WSU?s Jon Ferris in title matchup (did not compete as an individual) ... finished fifth at Midwest Regional (No. 3 seed) ... placed seventh at Penn State Open in fall of 2000.
AS A FRESHMAN: Compiled 23-4 record, with semifinal finish at MFCs ... opened career by placing fifth at Penn State Open (fall ?99) ... totaled 11 wins at Chicago Open.
PREP & PERSONAL: Fenced alongside Crompton at St. Benedict?s Prep, coached by Derek Hoff ... trained under current national team coach Yuri Gelman at New York Fencers Club ... twice all-state (undefeated as senior captain) ... ranked among top eight nationally in under-17 division (top 10 in under-20) ... won three state sabre titles ... named by Newark Star-Ledger to New Jersey all-century fencing team ... placed third at ?97 Cadet Nationals ... member of National Honor Society ... born Aug. 1, 1981, in Elizabeth, N.J. ... a sociology and computer applications major, in the College of Arts and Letters.
Fabricant's Career Record