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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 14
8:00 PM
SIUE
Edwardsville, Ill. (Korte Stadium)
August 17
8:00 PM
Bradley
Peoria, Ill. (Shea Stadium)
August 22
5:00 PM
Valparaiso
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
August 26
7:30 PM
UC Irvine
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
August 28
2:00 PM
New Mexico
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
September 2
5:00 PM
Stanford
Bloomington, Ind. (Armstrong Stadium)
September 4
12:30 PM
California
Bloomington, Ind. (Armstrong Stadium)
September 9
7:00 PM
Virginia Tech
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
September 13
7:00 PM
UConn
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
September 16
7:00 PM
Louisville
Louisville, Ky. (Lynn Stadium)
September 23
7:00 PM
Syracuse
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
September 30
7:00 PM
Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Pa. (Ambrose Urbanic Field)
October 4
7:00 PM
Indiana
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
October 8
7:00 PM
Wake Forest
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
October 11
7:00 PM
Michigan
Ann Arbor, Mich. (U-M Soccer Stadium)
October 14
7:00 PM
Virginia
Charlottesville, Va. (Klockner Stadium)
October 18
8:00 PM
Northwestern
Bridgeview, Ill. (Toyota Park)
October 21
7:00 PM
Duke
Durham, N.C. (Koskinen Stadium)
October 25
7:00 PM
Michigan State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
October 28
7:00 PM
North Carolina
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
November 2
TBA
ACC First Round
Campus Sites
November 6
TBA
ACC Quarterfinals
Campus Sites
November 9
TBA
ACC Semifinals
Campus Sites
November 13
TBA
ACC Final
Charleston, S.C. (MUSC Health Stadium)

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