AS A JUNIOR (2014): Received honorable mention All-America accolades from the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) ... played in all 18 games ... career-high marks for goals (9) and assists (6) while also bolstering Notre Dame's short-stick defensive midfield unit ... picked up a career-best 30 ground balls ... assisted on a goal in the 19-7 season-opening win at Jacksonville ... picked up a career-high tying four ground balls against Penn State ... gave Notre Dame its first lead of the game (10-9) in the 11-10 come-from-behind victory at North Carolina in the ACC opener ... produced a goal and an assist in the 13-7 win at Ohio State ... deposited a goal in the 11-10 setback at Syracuse ... scored in the third straight game when he found the back of the net in the 15-7 loss to Duke ... notched a goal in the 12-8 regular-season setback to Maryland ... posted a career-high two assists, including the one on Matt Kavanagh's game winner in the final seconds of regulation, in the 6-5 triumph over Maryland in the semifinals of the ACC Championship ... netted Notre Dame's final goal in the 15-14 victory over Syracuse in the title game of the ACC Championship ... had three ground balls against the Orange ... scored two goals and tied a career-best mark with four ground balls in the 18-17 win over Army ... tallied a goal in the 13-5 win over Harvard in the first round of the NCAA Championship ... assisted on goals in NCAA tournament wins over Albany (quarterfinals) and Maryland (semifinals) ...earned his third monogram.
AS A SOPHOMORE (2013): Played in 14 games and tallied three points on two goals and one assist ... 21 ground balls ... scored a goal in the 10-9 triple-overtime victory over North Carolina ... picked up a career-high four ground balls against Hofstra and St. John's ... netted a goal in the 13-9 victory over Villanova ... notched his first career assist in the 12-11 setback to Duke in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championship ... a BIG EAST Academic All-Star ... earned his second monogram.
AS A FRESHMAN (2012): Had a solid rookie campaign with the Irish ... played in all 16 games as a short-stick defensive midfielder ... helped Notre Dame boast the nation's top defensive unit as the Irish allowed just 6.31 goals per game ... scored one goal and picked up 18 ground balls ... attempted seven shots ... picked up a season-high three ground balls in a 9-1 win over Providence ... netted his first career goal in a 13-7 win over Yale in the first round of the NCAA Championship ... that tally gave the Irish a 4-0 lead over the Bulldogs in the opening quarter ... earned a monogram.
PREP AND PERSONAL: Lettered in lacrosse all four years at Bronxville High School ... earned all-city and all-conference honors as a sophomore and junior ... team MVP as a sophomore ... captained the Bronxville squad during his senior campaign ... team won conference championship in 2010 and 2011 ... lettered in football during his junior and senior years ... played quarterback, safety and wide receiver ... was an all-conference performer during both of those football campaigns ... helped his football squad to and undefeated season and the state title as a senior ... two-time conference and regional champion in football ... football team captain as a senior ... earned a varsity letter and all-conference recognition in basketball as a sophomore and senior ... son of John and Liza Near ... has an older sister, Raleigh, and a younger sister, Colby ... enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business as a finance major ... has a 3.124 cumulative GPA.
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