Shainberg, Sirico Tabbed As ACC Scholar-Athletes Of The Year

Irish land nine fencers on All-ACC Academic Teams


Season Outlook: Character Key For Irish As 2016-17 Season Begins

Goal-driven Irish fencing blends talent, youth and experience with goals as high as ever


2016 Notre Dame O.S.C.A.R.S. -- A Celebration of Excellence

Notre Dame recognizes highly-successful 2015-16 athletics year at 15th annual student-athlete awards gala.


Seidel, McGrath Headline Irish All-ACC Academic Team Picks

Thirty-two winter sport student-athletes named to All-ACC Academic squads


Seidel, McGrath Headline Irish All-ACC Academic Team Picks

Thirty-two winter sport student-athletes named to All-ACC Academic squads


NCAA Fencing Championships Day 4

NCAA Fencing Championships Day 4


NCAA Fencing Championships Day 3

NCAA Fencing Championships Day 3


Northwester Duals - Day 2

Notre Dame Fencing at Northwestern Duals, Day 2


Northwestern Duals

Northwestern Duals


  • 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

Garrett McGrath
Garrett  McGrath


Mesa, AZ

High School:
Sequoia Choice



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