Fourth-place epeeist Tim Glass (16-7), foil champion Pat Gerard (18-4) and sabre champ Mike Sullivan (20-2) helped lead the men's fencing program to its first national title in 1977. The Irish finished the round-robin at Notre Dame's Joyce Center tied with NYU for first place (at 114 points), with a new fence-off tiebreaker used to declare a winner. Sullivan rallied to beat Miklos Benedek in the first bout (5-3) and an electric atmosphere encircled the strip as Gerard shut out Tom Valjasic (5-0, after splitting two earlier bouts 5-4) before being mobbed by the Notre Dame faithful. Glass never had to compete in the fence-off and head coach Mike DeCicco picked up his third of four national Coach of the Year awards.