Strong fall has put him into position to compete for a regular role on the Irish defense in 2005 ... has made great strides since arriving at Notre Dame ... skilled defensive player who has developed skills in all facets of his game ... will continue to improve as a defensive player ... has a good understanding and affinity for Notre Dame's style of play ... sports No. 31 jersey worn by former All-American Kirk Howell (`01).
AS A JUNIOR: Played in six games as reserve defenseman in 2004 ... picked up first career ground ball in season opener against #17 Penn State ... also saw action vs. #13 Hofstra, Dartmouth, Air Force, Butler, and Fairfield.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Played in two games ... saw first collegiate action in win over Butler ... also played in 13-4 victory over Air Force.
AS A FRESHMAN: Did not see action during the 2002 campaign.
PREP AND PERSONAL DATA: Scored 33 goals and dished off 21 assists in his final scholastic season ... finished his career with 82 goals and 58 assists ... earned all-state recognition as a junior and senior ... a three-time all-conference honoree ... led team to four consecutive conference championships ... squad finished the 2000 campaign undefeated and won state crown in his junior season ... earned four letters in lacrosse and three in football ... received all-conference recognition in football following his senior season ... played on same high school team as current Irish senior Tyler Krummenacher ... born July 5, 1982 ... carries 3.35 cumulative GPA ... enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business as a finance major.
Matthews' Career Statistics