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    Matt Ryan

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Ridley Park, PA

    High School:
    Ridley

    Height / Weight:
    6-0 / 168

    Position:
    Midfield

    Birthdate:
    02/26/1984


    Excellent offensive midfielder expected to be a major factor for Irish for fourth year in a row ... great with the ball and an improved off-ball player ... could turn into Notre Dame's top player in the midfield ... is working on developing his skills in the field game ... will be counted on to be consistent ... has great natural instincts for the game ... a solid all-around player ... is extremely smart with and without the ball ... moves well on the field and around the goal area ... a tough matchup for a defense ... played at Ridley with current Irish sophomore Michael Podgajny ... sports No. 9 jersey worn by former All-American A.J. Wright (`02) ... earned monograms in first three seasons.

    AS A JUNIOR: Finished fourth on the team in points with 21 (11 G, 10 A) and in ground balls with 23 ... third on the team with 10 assists ... started all 11 games and helped the Irish finish fourth in Division I in scoring offense (11.91) ... had four two-goal games ... tied a career high for points in a single game with four (2G, 2 A) in the season-opening win at #21 Penn State (14-6) ... scored two more goals in the second game of the season, an 11-10 loss at #10 Cornell ... matched a career high with three assists in a 9-7 win over #10 North Carolina in The First 4 Invitational in Carson, Calif. ... notched a goal in a 22-6 win over Butler ... scored another goal and collected four ground balls in a 9-8 double overtime victory at #13 Hofstra ... helped the Irish to an 11-7 win at Villanova by netting two goals ... registered back-to-back two-goal games for the second time on the season by scoring twice in a 10-9 loss at #19 Dartmouth ... his four-game goal streak marked a career high ... also had a seven-game point streak, which is another career best ... picked up a season-high five groundballs in a 9-6 loss at Denver ... notched an assist in Notre Dame's 14-13 triumph over Air Force ... had one goal and two assists in a 12-11 loss at #20 Fairfield.

    AS A SOPHOMORE: Moved into starting role as offensive midfielder in 2004 ... finished with seven goals and 10 assists (fourth on team) for 17 points ... one of team's top ground-ball players, finished third on Irish with 39 (first among non-seniors) ... major part of Irish offensive unit that finished second in Division I in scoring offense (12.50 goals per game) ... also helped Irish lead GWLL and rank 14th nationally in man-up offense (.358) ... set career highs in assists (3) and points (4) vs. #13 Hofstra and matched those totals at #17 Denver ... had three points in fourth quarter vs. Pioneers - including scoring on only shot of the game - in helping Irish rally from 9-6 deficit for 14-12 victory ... had a goal on two shots, as well as two assists, at #3 Syracuse ... collected career-high seven ground balls at #3 Maryland ... scored twice in the fourth quarter against #9 North Carolina ... also had an assist and five ground balls against the Tar Heels ... registered one goal and one assist against Dartmouth ... scored a goal against Butler ... did not play vs. Fairfield ... had four ground balls on four occasions: vs. #17 Penn State, #16 Loyola, #17 Ohio State, and Air Force ... had three against the Pride ... called for a pair of second-quarter penalties (offsides, holding) against Hofstra.

    AS A FRESHMAN: One of five freshmen who played in all 14 contests ... registered the first points of his career with a goal and two assists against Pennsylvania ... tallied first career point when he dished off assist on Owen Mulford's goal to give Notre Dame a 7-4 lead in the contest at the 11:19 mark of the third quarter ... tallied an unassisted goal for his first collegiate score at the 7:49 mark of the third quarter, which gave the Irish a 9-4 lead ... scored his second goal of the season against North Carolina with 8:21 remaining in the third quarter, which put the Irish up 7-3 in the game ... picked up three ground balls each against Virginia and Loyola ... scored his third goal of the season in 9-8 win over Denver, as his first-period tally off an assist from Matt Ryan gave the Irish a 4-1 advantage in the contest ... picked up three ground balls in a win over Butler ... collected one ground ball against Air Force ... scored an unassisted goal at 13:09 remaining in the second period of the victory over Fairfield ... collected 24 ground balls.

    PREP AND PERSONAL DATA: Enjoyed outstanding career at Ridley ... four-year letterwinner ... finished prep career with 153 points ... scored 74 goals and dished off 79 assists ... tallied 31 goals and 34 assists in his senior season ... three-year letterwinner in hockey finished his career with 28 goals and 31 assists in that sport ... led prep team to state championships in lacrosse during both his senior and junior seasons ... earned All-America honors as a senior, in addition to garnering all-state, all-city, and all-conference accolades ... a three-time all-Delaware County honoree ... born Feb. 26, 1984 ... enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business as a marketing major.

    Ryan's Career Statistics

    YearGP/GSGAPts.GB
    200314/044824
    200411/117101739
    200511/1111102123
    Totals36/2222244686

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