HONORS & AWARDS
USILA Honorable Mention
All-America (2007 & 2008)
All-Great Western Lacrosse
League First Team (2008)
All-Great Western Lacrosse
League Second Team (2007)
Two-time All-America honoree ... earned
honorable mention All-America accolades from
the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse
Association (USILA) during his junior and senior
seasons ... played in 53 games, including 35
starts, during his Notre Dame career ... compiled
68 goals and 36 assists for 104 points to
go along with 129 ground balls ... two-time
all-GWLL performer ... named to the allleague
first team as a senior after being a second-
team member of his junior season ...
four-time monogram winner ... was selected
by the San Francisco Dragons with the seventh
pick overall in the first round of the 2008
Major League Lacrosse Draft ... he became the
first Notre Dame player ever selected in the
first round of the MLL Draft.
AS A SENIOR: Earned honorable mention
All-America honors from the USILA for the
second straight season ... named to the all-
GWLL first team ... started all 16 games in
which he played ... notched 25 goals and nine
assists ... picked up 50 ground balls, which
ranked second on the team ... scored a goal in
14 games ... did not play in the season opener
against Loyola ... scored one goal in wins over
Penn State (15-9) and #13 Albany (7-6) ...
notched three points on a goal and two assists
in a 16-6 triumph of Villanova ... also had a
three-point effort with two goals and an assist
in an 8-6 setback at #4 North Carolina ...
matched a single-game career-high with four
goals in a 19-7 win over Dartmouth ... also
added an assist against the Big Green ... scored
a goal and tied a career-high mark with four
assists in a 13-6 victory over #11 Drexel ...
registered another four-goal effort in a 19-7
triumph of Bellarmine in the GWLL opener ...
scored a goal in a 9-8 loss to #19 Denver ...
matched a career high with eight ground balls
against the Pioneers ... upped his goal streak to
nine games with a tally in a 16-6 victory over
Quinnipiac ... saw his goal streak come to an
end in a 14-7 win over Lehigh ... got back in
the scoring column with a goal in a 13-5 besting
of Air Force ... netted a hat trick in a 17-
12 win over #9 Ohio State that gave the Irish
a share of the GWLL regular-season title ...
deposited two goals in a 10-6 win over
Quinnipiac in the GWLL tournament semifinals
... held without a point in a 9-2 victory
over #10 Ohio State in the GWLL championship
game ... scored a goal in Notre Dame's
8-7 overtime win against #10 Colgate in the
NCAA Championship first round ... recorded
three points on two goals and one assist in an
11-9 setback to #3 Syracuse in the NCAA
AS A JUNIOR: Had a breakout season for
the Fighting Irish ... named an STX/USILA
honorable mention All-American along with
being a second-team all-GWLL performer ...
tallied career-high totals in points (39), goals
(26) and assists (13) ... second on the team in
assists, while he was third in goals and tied for
third in points ... only Notre Dame player to
score at least one goal in every game ... first on
the team with a career-best 63 ground balls ... whistled for five penalties, totaling three minutes
... helped the Irish rank third nationally in
man-up offense (.500) by scoring a team-high
nine man-up goals ... attempted 83 shots ...
opened the season with a goal in a 9-7 victory
over #13 Loyola ... registered a (then) careerhigh
in points (6) and goals (4) in addition to
two assists in an 11-8 triumph of Penn State ...
deposited a goal and an assist in a 13-8 setback
to #4 Cornell ... had one goal in an 11-8 loss
to #15 North Carolina ... notched two goals in
a 16-5 triumph of #19 Drexel ... tallied one
goal in games against Dartmouth (L, 7-6),
Bellarmine (W, 11-3) and Brown (W, 11-3) ...
recorded a career-high seven points on three
goals and a career-best four assists in a 15-5
win over Villanova ... picked up a career-best
eight ground balls against the Wildcats ...
matched that total in the next contest against
Air Force ... posted three points on two goals
and one assist in back-to-back games, league
wins over Air Force (16-4) and Denver (14-6)
... registered a goal and an assist in a 14-2 victory
against Lehigh ... tallied four points on
one goal and three assists in a 12-6 win at #20
Ohio State ... scored one goal in a 14-9 besting
of Quinnipiac in the regular-season finale
... matched a career-high output with four
goals in an 11-10 setback at #5 Johns Hopkins
during the first round of the NCAA
AS A SOPHOMORE: Played in 11 games
... missed four games ... totaled 15 points on
seven goals and eight assists ... had two gamewinning
goals and one man-up tally ...
attempted 44 shots ... collected six ground
balls ... opened the season with a three-point
performance on a goal and two assists in an 8-
4 victory over #14 Penn State ... dished out an
assist in a 9-6 loss to #8 Cornell ... missed the
next four contests (North Carolina, Villanova,
Bellarmine, #5 Hofstra) ... tallied goals in wins
over Brown (11-5) and Dartmouth (8-7) ...
netted the deciding eighth goal for the Irish
against the Big Green ... matched a career-high
with two assists in a 9-8 win over Butler in the
GWLL opener ... upped his point streak to a
(then) career-best six games with an assist in an
8-5 loss at #18 Denver ... had the streak
snapped against Air Force ... notched an assist
in a 10-7 win over Lehigh ... netted a goal in
a 10-8 triumph over Ohio State ... picked up a
season-high three ground balls against the
Buckeyes ... tied a (then) career-best mark
with four points on three goals and one assist
in a 19-7 victory against Quinnipiac in the regular-
season finale ... whistled for three penalties,
totaling 2:00 of penalty time.
AS A FRESHMAN: Top scorer in the freshman
class as he tallied 16 points on 10 goals
and six assists ... fifth-leading scorer overall on
the team ... helped the Irish finish fourth in the
nation in scoring offense (11.91) ... played in
all 11 games, making starts in the first eight
games ... picked up 10 ground balls ... took 44
shots, which was fourth-most on the team ...
called for two penalties (2:00) ... picked up his
first collegiate point with an assist in the 14-6
season-opening win at #21 Penn State ...
notched a goal and an assist in an 11-10 loss at
#10 Cornell ... scored a season-high three
goals, including a man-up goal, in a 9-7 win
versus #10 North Carolina in the First 4
Invitational ... picked up a season-best two
assists in a 22-6 triumph over Butler ... scored
a goal in a 10-9 loss to #19 Dartmouth ... collected
a season-high four ground balls in a 9-6
loss to Denver ... notched an assist in a 14-13
overtime win over Air Force ... finished the
season strong by scoring two goals against
Fairfield and three more against Ohio State ...
also dished out an assist against the Buckeyes to
give him a season-best four-point game.
PREP AND PERSONAL DATA: Three year
letterwinner in lacrosse at Ridley High
School ... also collected two prep letters in basketball
and one in soccer ... All-American his
senior season in lacrosse ... his nationallyranked
squad won back-to-back state championships
his sophomore and junior seasons ...
two-time all-state, all-conference and team
MVP in lacrosse ... captained the team as a
senior in leading them to a regional title ...
named the 2003 Pennsylvania state championship
MVP ... led team in points (81), goals
(52) and assists (29) in 2003 ... as a sophomore,
the team went undefeated ... two-time conference
champion ... registered 135 career goals
and 91 assists ... participated in the
Pennsylvania senior all-star game ... tallied 58
points (36 goals, 22 assists) playing for
Monsignor Bonner High School as a freshman
in 2001 before transferring ... in his first prep
season, he was a first-team all-Catholic League
selection ... was also a Top-205 camp all-star ...
tabbed as a "Young Gun" midfielder by Inside
Lacrosse magazine ... from the same high
school as former Irish player Matt Ryan ...
member of the National Honor Society and
the Tri-M Music Honor Society ... father, John,
played college basketball at Washington and
Lee University, where he earned AP honorable
mention All-America recognition ... son of
Laura Jean and John Podgajny ... has one older
brother ... last name is pronounced puh-GOnee
... born Feb. 9, 1986, in Chester, Pa. ...
graduated from the Mendoza College of
Business in May of 2008 with a finance degree
and a 3.030 cumulative GPA.
PODGAJNY'S CAREER STATISTICS
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