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.

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Rafael Garcia
Rafael  Garcia

Palmdale, CA

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5-10 / 160



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