Men’s Fencing Announces Class of 2018 Signees

FAIRFIELD, Conn. - Sacred Heart Men's Fencing Head Coach Dr. Thomas Vrabel  announced  five fencers who accepted early decision admission and will be joining the Pioneers for the 2014-2015 season on Monday.  Foilist Tyler Endee, saberists Josip Brajdic and Daniel Marchelitis and epeeists Matthew Love and Louis Stober III make up this talented group. 

"I am very excited about the potential that these fencers have to be important contributors to our team in the near future", said Vrabel.  "This group brings us potential in all three weapons.  While we return all of our starters next year, this group will be a nucleus for our future success.  It would not surprise me if more than half of these fencers are serious competitors for starting positions next season. "

      

Tyler Endee - Foil - Jackson, N.J./Jackson Memorial

Tyler Endee is a left handed foilist from Jackson, N.J. and Jackson Memorial HS.   He is a member of the Mr. Ma Fencing Club.  Tyler is a former member of the US Cadet National Foil Team where he represented the United States in competitions in Hungary, Germany and Italy.  Tyler is currently on the Junior and Senior US National Points list. 

Vrabel on Endee: "Tyler will be a welcome and needed addition to our foil squad. He has a powerful game and an explosive lunge.  I look for Tyler to be in the starting mix immediately.  With Endee joining Andrew Holmes, Alex Harwood, James Turner, and Joe Faicco, our foil squad should be much stronger next season." 

                                  

Josip Brajdic - Saber - Woodbury, N.Y./Syosset

Josip Brajdic is a 5"11" saber fencer who is a member of the Croatian National Fencing Team.  He fences for the Peter Westbrook Foundation.  Josip is active on the national and international stage, and has had top eight finishes in several European cadet events and top 64 finishes in Junior World Cups.  He is from Woodbury, N.Y. and Syosset High School. 

Vrabel on Brajdic: "Josip has a great combination of strength and quickness. He also brings much needed size to our saber squad.  Josip's extensive international competitive experience will help him make a smooth transition to NCAA fencing.  We are very excited about his joining the saber squad next year".

Daniel Marchelitis - Saber - Berkeley Heights, N.J./Governor Livingston

Daniel Marchelitis is a 5"8 left handed saber fencer from Berkeley Heights, N.J.  He has been the captain and A strip saber fencer for his Governor Livingston High School team this season.  He recently led his squad to the NJ District 3 High School saber championship.  Danny is a member of the Saber School  Fencing Club. 

Vrabel on Marchelitis: "Danny has a very fast hand and is decisive in his offensive actions. He is a fiery competitor and I look for this intangible to be a big plus for him.  Danny has gotten himself in excellent shape and his movement on the strip is now becoming one of his best assets.  It would not surprise me if both Danny and Josip earn starting spots next year".  

Matthew Love - Epee - Fairfield, Conn./Ludlowe

Matthew Love is a 6 foot tall right-handed epee fencer from Ludlowe High School in Fairfield, Conn. where he is a leader on the epee squad.  He has been a starter since his freshman year. Matt is a member of the Fairfield Fencing Academy.

Louis Stober III - Epee - Garden City, N.Y./Garden City

Louis Stober is a 6 foot tall right-handed epeeist from Garden City, N.Y. where he has served as the team captain both his Junior and Senior years. Stober has been a Second Team All-Nassau County selection the last two seasons and he recently placed sixth at the Brentwood Holiday Tournament out of over 100 high school epeeists.  

"Love and Stober are great additions to the program", comments Dr. Vrabel.  They are both rapidly improving their results and I know that they will get even better after they have joined our strong epee squad.  With Jon Jacovino, Kevin Almerini, Devon Clark and Khris White all being seniors next year, we look for Matt and Louis to be ready to jump in to the starting line up as sophomores" 

"Our team will be a very veteran-heavy squad next season, with eight seniors and six juniors on the squad", said Dr. Vrabel.  "We will have a great mix of experienced and young talent and should improve over this year's results. I think that once again we will be one of the stronger teams in the Northeast Fencing Conference".