Solid faceoff man returns for third season seeing a great deal of action in that capacity ... led team in faceoffs won in both 2003 and `04 ... holds 47.1% (145-308) career mark in faceoffs ... has worked hard to be more consistent ... also worked to develop non-faceoff game ... possesses good speed and athleticism ... strong defensive player ... brother of former Irish All-American Steve Bishko ... sports No. 27 jersey worn by three-time All-American Todd Rassas (`98) and Irish career ground ball leader Billy Ahmuty (`94) ... wore jersey No. 34 for first collegiate season ... played at West Islip High School with current Irish sophomore Ryan Cunn ... one of only four three-time monogram winners on the Irish roster. AS A JUNIOR: Team's top faceoff man for second year in a row, winning 65 of 136 (.478) attempts ... collected 24 ground balls, third-best among Irish midfielders ... finished season strong, winning at least half of draws in seven of final eight games ... started season as top faceoff man for Notre Dame, but split time with Frank Matarazzo for most of season after winning 6-20 (.300) in opener vs. #17 Penn State and losing first five at #3 Syracuse ... after returning vs. Orangemen, won five of seven to finish 5-12 (.417) for the contest ... best game was 12-16 (.750) performance vs. #13 Hofstra ... took 3-5 (.600) against Fairfield and 8-15 (.533) at #17 Denver ... won 7-15 (.467) against #9 North Carolina ... was 5-11 (.455) at #16 Loyola ... took half of eight faceoffs in finale at #3 Maryland ... had career-high five ground balls vs. #17 Penn State ... corralled three vs. the Pride and Dartmouth ... collected two against Orangemen, Tar Heels, #17 Ohio State, and Terrapins ... was called for two penalties. AS A SOPHOMORE: Played in all 14 contests and handled most of Notre Dame's facoff duties ... won 47.6 (80-168) percent of the faceoffs he took in '03 ... won 9-19 faceoff attempts against Penn State, in addition to collecting three ground balls ... won 5-11 faceoffs against Pennsylvania and picked up four ground balls ... won 6-10 faceoff attempts in win over North Carolina ... won five faceoffs and picked up three ground balls in loss to Loyola ... won 7-8 faceoffs and picked up a ground ball in win over Hartford ... won 8-8 faceoffs and picked up two ground balls in win over Butler ... won 13-25 faceoffs he took against Harvard and had four ground balls ... was 9-16 against Maryland in faceoffs ... collected 28 ground balls. AS A FRESHMAN: First-year Irish player saw action in seven contests and finished with an assist ... played for the first time in his collegiate career against Denver and then played the next six contests ... credited with his only assist of the season on an Owen Asplundh goal in the Army game. PREP AND PERSONAL DATA: Named to Suffolk County all-conference team following his junior and senior seasons ... had .650 faceoff winning percentage his senior season ... led team to Suffolk County championship game in 2000 ... three-sport athlete earned all-conference honors in football after finishing fifth on team in tackles, catching three touchdown passes, converting 28 PATs, and making two field goals ... also earned two letters in basketball ... father Igor played football and lacrosse at St. Lawrence ... member of the National Honor Society ... born April 13, 1983 ... named to Dean's List in fall 2001 semester with 3.800 GPA ... enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business as a finance major.
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