Has struggled with injuries since arriving at Notre Dame, most recently causing him to miss fall '03 practice ... skilled player who could help Irish attack unit in '04 ... a versatile all-around player ... needs to play aggressively on the field and to make good decisions ... as he continues to develop his game, will see increased playing time ... one of the top students on the Irish, carrying 3.75 cumulative GPA as a science preprofessional major ... four-time Dean's List honoree, highlighted by 3.938 GPA in fall 2003 semester.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Played in five contests ... saw action for the first time in 2003 when he came off the bench against Hartford ... also played in four of the last five games, versus Butler, Air Force, Fairfield and Harvard ... picked up one ground ball in win over Fairfield.
AS A FRESHMAN: Played in six contests during the 2002 campaign ... scored one goal and collected three ground balls ... netted his only goal of the season against Hofstra ... one of five Irish goal scorers in the contest, he found the net off an assist from Dan Berger with 2:35 remaining in the second quarter .... saw action in his first collegiate game versus Rutgers ... collected three ground balls.
PREP AND PERSONAL DATA: Led Upper Arlington to consecutive Ohio state championships in his junior and senior seasons ... led team to two Midwest Lacrosse championships ... named MVP of team in both junior and senior years ... a member of the all-Ohio team in his junior and senior seasons ... won three letters in lacrosse and two in football ... led football team to national rankings in both his sophomore and senior seasons ... in 2000, football team won the school's first-ever state championship ... father Mark and uncle Art both played football for Ohio State ... born January 28, 1983 ... carries 3.75 cumulative GPA ... four-time Dean's List honoree, highlighted by 3.857 GPA in spring 2002 and 3.938 mark in fall `03 ... enrolled in the College of Science as a pre-professional studies major.
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