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    Chris Sawyer

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Highlands Ranch, CO

    High School:
    Highlands Ranch

    Height / Weight:
    6-1 / 193

    Position:
    Goalkeeper

    Birthdate:
    10/20/1982


    AS A SENIOR: Enters the 2004 season as one of the top goalkeepers in the nation • will serve as team captain • a great athlete who has improved all aspects of his goalkeeping • a humble player who has the respect of his teammates and opponents • plays with a great deal of confidence and composure.

    AS A JUNIOR: Firmly established himself as one of the top goalkeepers in the nation •matched the school record for shutouts in a season with 12 (Mark Steranka, 1983) • College Soccer News first-team All-American • Soccer Times third-team All-American • first-team all-BIG EAST selection, while also earning the BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year award •led Notre Dame to the BIG EAST Championship with three shutouts in the tournament • was named the BIG EAST Championship Most Outstanding Defensive Player after shutting out Connecticut, Providence and St. John's during the tournament • strong early in the season as well, compiling a 485-minute scoreless streak vs. Indiana, West Virginia and Bradley •held Notre Dame's opponents to one or zero goals in 20 of 23 matches • played all but 10 minutes during the season • shutouts occurred vs. #20 UAB (0-0), Akron (0-0), #19 Indiana (1-0), West Virginia (1-0), Bradle (2-0), Pittsburgh (2-0), Providence (2-0), #25 Villanova (2-0), Michigan State (1-0), #25 Connecticut (2-0), Providence (1-0) and St. John's (2-0) • also combined for a shutout with teammate Justin Michaud at Cleveland State (6-0) •stopped eight shots in a great performance at #9 Virginia Tech, holding the Hokies to one goal in Notre Dame's overtime victory • made five stops at Michigan State • led the BIG EAST in overall shutouts with 12 •adidas/NSCAA all-Great Lakes Region first-team selection •named to College Soccer News' Team of the Week on Nov. 9 •also named to the 2003-04 BIG EAST Academic All-Star Team.

    AS A SOPHOMORE: Third team All-BIG EAST selection • started 16 of the 21 games in goal for the Irish • owned a 0.99 goals against average and .754 save percentage • allowed 16 goals and has made 49 saves • missed five games because of a hamstring injury suffered in the Pittsburgh match at the beginning of the second half on Oct. 4 • returned for the Connecticut game on Oct. 20 after missing the Akron, Boston College and Michigan State contests • also missed the Villanova and Georgetown contests • his missed start against Akron in the game following Pittsburgh was his first after starting 23 straight games • made six saves in Notre Dame's NCAA tournament first round victory over Akron • finished with four saves in the loss to Indiana • recorded first shutout of the season and made two saves against Seton Hall • allowed two goals and made three saves in the Southwest Missouri State game • also had three saves in 1-1 double overtime tie with Creighton • made five saves against Cornell • stopped two shots in 2-1 double overtime win over Furman • had a season-high seven stops in 3-2 loss to Bradley • made two saves in win over Providence while playing 64:52 and also had two saves against St. John's • stopped four Rutgers shots in 1-1 double overtime tie against the Scarlet Knights on the road • played just 50:15 of the Pittsburgh game and made one save before leaving the contest with an injury • made four saves in allowing one goal in 2-1 victory over Virginia Tech • did not play in five games during the 2002 campiagn -- Akron, Boston College, Michigan State, Villanova and Georgetown.

    AS A FRESHMAN: Named to the 11-member Soccer America All-Freshman Team • first player in the history of the Notre Dame men's soccer program to earn the honor and one of three rookies from the BIG EAST Conference selected to the squad • a second-team all-BIG EAST honoree • played in 15 of the Irish's 19 contests in 2002 • started the final 14 games, while allowing just eight goals in 1294:45 for a 0.56 goals-against average and .857 save percentage • his 0.56 GAA ranked fifth nationally • registered six complete-game shutouts and held opponents scoreless for 502:05 during a seven-game stretch • credited with 6.5 shutouts overall • owned a 10-4-0 overall record and 6-2-0 mark in conference games • saw action for the first time in the third game of the season against Clemson when he played the final 34:19 of the game and made five saves while not allowing a goal • made his first career start against Bradley on the road when he played the entire 90 minutes of the contest and made two saves for his first career victory • registered a career-high seven saves in 1-0 overtime loss at Seton Hall • had six saves in 3-1 win against Georgetown during the regular season • made four saves in the West Virginia, Virginia Tech, Indiana and Providence matches • registered three saves in 1-0 BIG EAST quarterfinal victory over the Hoyas • twice earned BIG EAST weekly awards during the season as he was honored as the league's rookie of the week on Oct. 15 and then was named its goalkeeper of the week for the week of Oct. 22.

    HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Three-year starter at Highlands Ranch • led team to conference and regional crowns in each of his four seasons as squad finished with a 50-5-3 mark from 1998-2000 • posted 34 career shutouts and a 0.70 goals against average, both school records • helped squad to second-place finish in state tournament as a senior • guided team to state crown in his sophomore season • two-time all-state first-team honoree • an NSCAA (National Soccer Coaches Association of America) High School All-America honoree as a senior • member of the Under-18 national team player pool • regional all-American • played in the Colorado all-star game as a junior and senior • guided his Colorado Rush club team to Region IV ODP title in 1999, as well as runner-up finish at national tournament that same year • invited to the adidas ESP Camp where he earned the prestigious ESP Golden Glove Award as the top goaltender • also earned four letters in track • standout high jumper who was ranked second in the state as a senior in that event • attended same high school as Irish women's basketball player Katy Flecky • father was a swimmer at the University of Oregon • two-time member of the BIG EAST Academic All-Star Team • born Oct. 20, 1982 • son of Charles and Nancy Sawyer • enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business as a marketing major with a minor in sociology.

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