Notre Dame Men's Fencing at the Notre Dame Duals on January 29th.
HONORS & AWARDS:
MFC Epee Third-Place Finisher (2013)
First Team All-MFC (2013)
AS A SOPHOMORE: Finished the year with a 12-8 mark, providing crucial wins for the Irish later in the season ... advanced to the semifinals at the Midwest Fencing Conference (MFC) Championships ... finished tied with fellow Irishman Michael Rossi ... posted impressive semifinal wins over Michael Friend (Lawrence) 15-13, Wilson Kwok (Indiana) 15-13, Andrew Aitken (Michigan) 15-10 and Alistair Murray (Northwestern) 15-11 ... in the Northwestern Duals, posted perfect 3-0 and 2-0 marks against Cal Tech and North Carolina respectively ... decisively beat Tar Heel epeeist Maxwell Tice-Lewis, five touches to one ... squaring off against Johns Hopkins at the Duke Duals, defeated Mark Zimmerman 5-3 and out-touched Brent Schottenfeld, 4-2 ... finished the day in Durham with a 3-4 mark ... back at the Castellan Family Fencing Center, posted another perfect 3-0 mark against Detroit, with scores of 5-3, 5-4 and 5-1 against Titan opponents while competing in the Notre Dame Duals ... earned first-team All-MFC Honors for first time in his career at the MFC championships.
AS A FRESHMAN: Participated in all five regular season dual events for the epee team, producing a 37-13 record ... earned a monogram ... compiled a 10-2 record at the Air Force Duals ... defeated Kian Ameli (finished ninth at the NCAA Championships) from Stanford 5-4 ... blanked members of UC San Diego (3-0), Swarthmore College (2-0) and Florida (3-0) at the Air Force competition ... fashioned a 3-3 record at the St. John's Duals, taking down Michael Raynis from No. 6 Harvard 5-1 ... defeated Nicholas Vomero (finished fifth at the NCAA Championships) and Marat Israelian (finished 11th at the NCAA Championships) from No. 3 St. John's ... posted a 4-5 effort at the NYU Dual, which included a 2-1 match record over No. 9 Columbia ... ranked second on the epee squad with a 15-1 record at the Notre Dame Duals ... claimed five bouts by four touches or more at the home duals ... finished 6-2 at the Northwestern Duals, sweeping Tae Je Lee (5-4), Sidney Buchbinder (5-2) and Jonathan Bayliss (5-1) from Cal Tech... finished 18th out of 77 participants at the Midwest Fencing Conference Championships ... 5-1 pool play record, while logging a +13 indicator (26-13) at the conference tournament.
PREP & PERSONAL: Competed in fencing and golf while being home schooled in Ligonier, Pa. ... earned varsity letters in golf sophomore through senior year, while fencing for the club team Hooked on Fencing ... earned six national medals in competitive fencing events ... took third place in the Sanity Claus Epee Open Tournament ... placed 13th (out of 218 fencers) at the U-20 North American Cup event in Austin, Texas in November, 2011 ... earned strongest finish on the North American Cup circuit with his third-place result in the U-19 division in July of 2011 ... won the Iron Knight tournament put on by the Hooked on Fencing club ... helped junior epee team capture second place at the Junior Olympics in February of 2011 ... born in Johnstown, Pa. ... son of Timothy Purdy and Letitia Berkey ... ennrolled in the College of Science, with an intent to major in pre-med.