About the Team
Morris Catholic has been proud to offer a fencing team since 2008 and is one of 60 schools that have a three weapon program. Each year the team attends the Santelli/Cetrulo tournament, the largest high school tournament in the world with over 3000 fencers in competition. In 2018, 40 students participated in fencing, 10% of the school's population at the time. 95-96% of MC Fencers begin fencing their freshmen year with us, having no prior training, and we have worked with them to hold various District and State individual titles mentioned below. We do not require training to be part of our team, however many of our varsity fencers train off season at local fencing clubs.
The Morris Catholic Fencing Team Tradition is to ensure that all people can fence while at Morris Catholic. Our Varsity team is competitive and usually consists of the best fencers at the school, but we do not cut from our JV squad.
- Carolyne Materasso and Chris Cortez made NJAC first team and Michael Niechwadowicz and Brooke Lippe had Honorable Mentions
- Sofia Dinka and Ella Mizeski competed at the USFA Summer Nationals team event. Chris Cortez competed in Summer Nationals and the Junior Olympics
- Tiffany Coehlo, Lindsey Mezzina, Lindsay Alverez, and Lisa Tsoi also competed in summer nationals in the team competition.
- Carolyne Materasso placed 3rd at the District 2 tournament and 18th in the NJ State Individual tournament. She was the Morris County Women's Epee champion this year.
- Christopher Cortez placed 4th in Sabre at the DIstrict 2 tournament and 19th in the NJ State Individual Tournament.
- Morris Catholic's Girl's Sabre Squad placed 3rd at Districts and qualified for the state championships where they placed 19th in the state
- Sarah Materasso '18 was one of the top 20 Sabre Fencers in the state
- Morris Catholic's Foil Squad placed 2nd at the District Championships and qualified for the state championships where they placed 15th in the state.
- Sarah Materasso '18 (Sabre) and Alekho Graham '17 (Foil) were both in the top 20 fencers for their weapon.
Crusaders Fencing in College
Christopher Cortez '21 - NJIT
Brooke Lippe '21 - Lafayette
Alex Goebel '19 - Drew University
Mark Sharkey '19 - Sacred Heart University
Julie Rocklein '19 - Sacred Heart University
Sydney Sieb '19 - Drew University
About the Coaches
Mike Malecki, Head Coach
Coach Malecki is the founding coach of the Morris Catholic Fencing team. He has coached the team for 8 years. Coach Malecki specializes in the instruction of Foil and Epee. Before coaching at Morris Catholic, Coach Malecki was a fencer with West Virginia University fencing club, started the Seton Hill University Fencing Program, and was a safety marshal for a historical fencing society and achieved an Award of Arms in that group. He is a life member of the US Fencing Association, a member of the US Fencing Coaches Association and a USFA trained referee. He also instructs foil and epee in the offseason at Forte Fencing in Rockaway, NJ. Mr. Malecki also teaches Social Studies for Sophomores through Seniors at Morris Catholic.
Angela Cullen, Foil Coach
Angela started fencing at Randolph High School in 2007. She became the varsity foil captain as a Senior. After graduation, she went on to study Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences at Pennsylvania State University where she continued to fence competitively with the Penn State Fencing club as part of the Southern Atlantic Conference. She has participated in several team tournaments, including the Holy Grail and the SAC North Meet. She is a member of the USFA and continues to fence competitively.
Maxwell Drake, Assistant Coach
Max is one of the original Morris Catholic Varsity fencers—he started fencing as a Junior in 2011 when the program was still Junior Varsity. His senior year, the program became Varsity and Max became the Foil Captain. After graduation, he went on to study Graphic Design at Marywood University. Upon returning to Morris Catholic as the Computer Science teacher, Max reconnected with the fencing program and came on as a volunteer. After training in the off-season with Coach Ken, he’s now taken up the responsibility of the Sabre squad.
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