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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

March 13
11:00 AM
Columbus Crew
Obetz, Ohio (Obetz Training Field)
March 19
12:30 PM
Michigan State
Pontiac, Mich. (Ultimate Soccer Arenas)
March 19
2:10 PM
Oakland
Pontiac, Mich. (Ultimate Soccer Arenas)
April 2
2:00 PM
DePaul
Notre Dame, Ind. (Old Alumni Field)
April 2
3:45 PM
Western Michigan
Notre Dame, Ind. (Old Alumni Field)
April 9
7:00 PM
Indiana
Fort Wayne, Ind. (D'Arcy Stadium)
April 16
10:00 AM
Bethel Ind.
TBA
April 16
5:00 PM
Kentucky
Indianapolis, Ind. (Grand Park)
April 22
7:30 PM
Mexico U-20 National Team
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
April 23
2:00 PM
Alumni Game
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)

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