May 30, 1997
Two Men's Lacrosse Players Earn All-America Honors
Notre Dame, IN -- Notre Dame juniors TODD RASSAS (Northfield,
Ill) and JIMMY KEENAN (Floral Park, Ill.) were named to the United
States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association All-America teams for
the second straight year.
RASSAS earned second-team honors on defense after being named to
the third team following the '96 campaign. A two-year starter, he
led an Irish defense that allowed just 8.91 goals per game. He
also finished second on the team with 68 ground balls.
KEENAN, a two-year starter in the midfield, earned honorable
mention honors for the second consecutive year. He was Notre
Dame's second-leading scorer as a junior finishing the '97 season
with 12 goals and 28 assists (40 points). His 28 assists set the
Irish mark for assists in a season by a midfielder. KEENAN ranks
sixth nationally with 2.33 assists per game.
Both earned Great Western Lacrosse League first-team honors as the
Irish won their sixth straight title in earning a sixth
consecutive NCAA tournament berth. Notre Dame finish 9-3 in '97
and was ranked ninth in the final USILA poll -- its highest final
ranking in school history.