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One of several players vying for a spot up front ? had a great spring in which he began to find his role and niche in the lineup ? an athletically gifted player who is a compliment to strikers Devon Prescod and Erich Braun ? a pure all-around athlete who possess superior ball-handling skills ? gives the Irish quickness and depth on the forward line ? needs to become more aggressive around the goal area and become more of a goal-scoring threat.

AS A JUNIOR: Played in 12 games and earned only start of the season against Clemson ? recorded his second career assist on Notre Dame's fourth goal of the game to teammate Justin Ratcliffe in Notre Dame's 5-0 win over Villanova for his only point of the season.

AS A SOPHOMORE: Played in six games during the 2001 season ? saw action for the first time in the season opener against New Mexico.

AS A FRESHMAN: Appeared in all 20 contests and earned 12 starts during the '99 campaign ? scored two goals and dished off an assist ? one of five freshmen to start in the season opener ? tallied the game-winning goal in the 67th minute off an assist from Andrew Aris in 1-0 win at Northwestern ? scored the second goal of his career in 5-0 win over Villanova as he netted the game's first goal at the 16:55 mark off an assist from Erich Braun ? dished off his first collegiate assist when he assisted on Braun's lone tally at the 20:52 mark in 1-0 win over Boston College in season opener ? his performances against Northwestern and Boston College in the opening two games of the season, earned him the BIG EAST's initial rookie-of-the-week honor for the '99 season ? a starter in the first six games of the season.

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Established numerous goal-scoring records at Highland ? four-year letterwinner and two-time team captain ? set school record for goals scored in a career (50), single-season (33) and game (five) ? as a senior established single-season mark for points (81) as he scored 33 goals and dished off 15 assists in his final scholastic season in leading team to Golden League conference championship ? was the CIF southern section leading scorer as a senior and garnered league MVP honors ? two-time team MVP and all-conference choice ? member of the California South State Olympic Developmental Program since 1997 ? led Palmdale club team to Under-16 USA Cup championship in 1997 ? father played baseball at SUNY-New Paltz ? class valedictorian ? two-time member of BIG EAST Academic All-Star Team ? born April 8, 1981 ? a pre-professional major in the College of Science.

Garcia's Career Statistics

YearGP-GSShGAPtsGW
199920-12192152
20006-020000
200112-140110
Totals38-13252260

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Rafael Garcia
Rafael  Garcia

Hometown:
Palmdale, CA

High School:
Highland

Height / Weight:
5-10 / 160

Position:
Forward

Birthdate:
04/08/1981

Event Calendar

Delta

August 13
8:00 PM
Omaha
Omaha, Neb. (Caniglia Field)
August 16
8:00 PM
Drake
Des Moines, Iowa (Cownie Soccer Complex)
August 21
5:00 PM
Valparaiso
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
August 25
7:30 PM
San Diego
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
August 27
2:00 PM
Cal Poly
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
September 2
7:00 PM
Connecticut
Storrs, Conn. (Morrone Stadium)
September 8
5:00 PM
Boston College
Newton, Mass. (Newton Soccer Field)
September 15
7:30 PM
NC State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
September 19
7:00 PM
Bowling Green
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
September 22
7:00 PM
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Va. (Thompson Field)
September 26
7:00 PM
Indiana
Bloomington, Ind. (Armstrong Stadium)
September 29
7:30 PM
Virginia
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
October 3
7:00 PM
Northwestern
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
October 6
7:00 PM
Clemson
Clemson, S.C. (Historic Riggs Field)
October 10
7:00 PM
Michigan
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
October 13
7:00 PM
Pittsburgh
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
October 17
7:30 PM
Akron
Akron, Ohio (FirstEnergy Stadium-Cub Cadet Field)
October 20
7:00 PM
Duke
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
October 24
7:00 PM
Michigan State
East Lansing, Mich. (DeMartin Soccer Complex)
October 27
7:00 PM
North Carolina
Chapel Hill, N.C. (Fetzer Field)
November 1
TBA
ACC Championship First Round
Campus sites
November 5
TBA
ACC Championship Quarterfinal
Campus sites
November 8
TBA
ACC Championship Semifinal
Campus sites
November 12
TBA
ACC Championship Final
Charleston, S.C. (MUSC Health Stadium)
November 16
TBA
NCAA Championship First Round
Campus sites
November 19
TBA
NCAA Championship Round of 32
Campus sites
November 26
TBA
NCAA Championship Round of 16
Campus sites
December 2
TBA
NCAA Championship Quarterfinal
Campus sites
December 8
TBA
NCAA College Cup Semifinal
Philadelphia, Pa. (Talen Energy Stadium)
December 10
TBA
NCAA College Cup Final
Philadelphia, Pa. (Talen Energy Stadium)

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