Men's Soccer



Monogram Club Turns 100: Men's Soccer

Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Notre Dame Monogram Club, we look at some of the top men's soccer student-athletes in school history.


Irish In The ACC: Soccer

Notre Dame teams to add even more power to an ACC lineup already considered the nation's best men's and women's soccer conference.

The 2006 M.A.C. Hermann Trophy winner • became the program's first unanimous first-team All-American in 2006 • a candidate to earn both of those honors again during his senior season • trained with the Ireland National Team during the summer of 2007 • able to play with the team because his mother is Irish • earned a cap with the Ireland team on May 23, 2007 in a match against Ecuador at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. • first amateur to play for Ireland National Team since 1964 • trained with the Glasgow Rangers of the Scottish Premier League and Derby County of the English Premier League during the summer of 2007 • three-time monogram winner • brings a spark to the Fighting Irish lineup at the forward position with his energy and enthusiasm • quick and fast • able to take players on and hit the ball well • an exciting player as he makes things happen • has played in 65 career games, making 41 starts • has 77 career points on 32 goals and 13 assists.

AS A JUNIOR: Recorded arguably the greatest season ever for a Notre Dame men's soccer player • won the Missouri Athletic Club (M.A.C.) Hermann Trophy as the top male soccer player in the nation according to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) • also received national player of the year honors from Soccer America • became the program's first unanimous All-American • led all NCAA Division I men's players with 50 points and 22 goals • his 22 goals tie him for second all-time on Notre Dame's single-season list behind Kevin Lovejoy's 29 tallies from the 1979 campaign • his 50 total points are the third-highest single-season total in Irish history • notched six assists • named the BIG EAST offensive player of the year • first team all-BIG EAST and All-Great Lakes Region • copped Sports Illustrated on Campus Male U Award • two-time consensus national player of the week (Sept. 4 & Oct. 9) • named College Soccer News national player of the week on Oct. 2 • tapped as the BIG EAST offensive player of the week on three occasions • Notre Dame Monogram Club Team MVP • adidas/IU Credit Union Classic Offensive MVP • played in all 23 games, making 20 starts • had a seven-game goal streak from Sept. 23-Oct. 14 • recorded seven multiple-goal games, including a stretch of five straight two-goal matches from Sept. 23 - Oct. 7 • attempted 106 shots • tore his left lateral meniscus against UAB in the first match of the season, yet opted to postpone surgery on his knee until the offseason • scored Notre Dame's final goal in a 4-1 victory over No. 8 Creighton in the Mike Berticelli Memorial Tournament • exploded with a four-goal outburst in a 5-4 triumph of No. 8 Indiana in the adidas/IU Credit Union Classic • one of his tallies was the game winner, which came in the 98th minute • the four scores established an Indiana Classic record and was one shy of the Notre Dame single-game record of five • picked up an assist in a 3-0 victory over DePaul • tallied both goals in a 2-0 win against Louisville • scored Notre Dame's final two goals in a 3-1 triumph of Pittsburgh • notched team's first two goals in a 4-0 win over Marquette • registered another two-goal effort in a 2-0 victory against Seton Hall • continued his streak of two-goal matches in wins over Michigan (2-0) and Georgetown (4-1) • scored a goal and collected an assist in a 3-0 victory over Providence • dished out an assist on game's lone score in a 1-0 triumph at No. 14 Connecticut • notched three points on a goal and an assist in a 2-0 win over DePaul in the first round of the BIG EAST tournament • scored the lone tally in a 1-0 victory over Illinois-Chicago in the second round of the NCAA Tournament • netted a 'golden goal' in the 107th minute of a 1-0 third-round NCAA Tournament win at No. 7 Maryland • his 50h and final point of the season came on an assist in a 3- 2 setback at No. 4 Virginia in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championship • earned a monogram.

AS A SOPHOMORE: All-BIG EAST third-team selection • named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll twice (10/3 & 10/31) • posted team-high totals in points with 19 and goals with seven to go along with five assists, which was tied for the team lead • played in all 23 games, making 16 starts • scored a goal in the 4-1 season-opening victory over No. 7 SMU in the adidas/IU Credit Union Classic • named to the Mike Berticelli Memorial Tournament all-tournament team as he scored the game-winner in overtime (108th minute) to push the Irish past Saint Louis, 1-0, and give Notre Dame the tournament title • recorded a four-point game in a 3-3 tie versus West Virginia on one goal and two assists • that performance earned him a spot on the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll • collected an assist in a 2-1 win at Providence • notched a career-high five points on two goals and an assist in leading the Irish past No. 16 Seton Hall, 4-0 • named to the BIG EAST Honor Roll and Top Drawer Soccer Team of the Week for his efforts against the Pirates • put Notre Dame on the board in the 20th minute in a 2-0 triumph over Western Illinois in the first round of the NCAA Tournament • scored a goal in the 62nd minute against No. 3 Indiana in the second round of the NCAAs to put the Irish up 2-0 en route to the upset victory • earned a monogram.

AS A FRESHMAN: Played in all 19 games, while making five starts • responded well once he was moved into the starting lineup due to an injury to Tony Megna • tallied three goals and two assists for a total of eight points, which tied him for fourth on the team • all three of his goals were game-winners • came off the bench to score his first-career goal in a 4-1 win over Georgetown in the Irish's BIG EAST-opener • took a pass and beat the Hoya goalkeeper one-on-one in the 72nd minute • assisted on a goal versus Pittsburgh as the Irish defeated the Panthers 3-0 • assisted on the Irish's second goal in a 3-0 win versus No. 22 Michigan • first-career start came in a 1-1 tie at No. 10 St. John's • started the following game as well and netted Notre Dame's lone goal in a 1-0 victory versus No. 17 Seton Hall in the 81st minute • earned BIG EAST offensive player of the week honors on Oct. 25 thanks in part to his tally versus the Pirates • put the Irish on the board at the 84:54 mark against Connecticut as Notre Dame would go on to win 2-0 • earned a monogram. HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: 2004 Gatorade Louisiana player of the year, and an '04 Southwest Louisiana High School Hall of Fame inductee • ended stellar prep career by picking up All-America, all-state and all-district honors, while leading his nationally-ranked St. Louis Catholic squad to conference and state championships • named state, district and team MVP as a senior • two-time all-state selection, district MVP and state champion • three-time alldistrict selection • honored as State Championship Finals game MVP in both '03 and '04 • member of the '01 regional Olympic Developmental Program (ODP) pool • led club team Cajun Burn to three consecutive state titles in '01, '02 and '03 • also a two-year letterman in swimming and track and field • senior class president, as well as a member of the National Honor Society and the Latin Club, while at St. Louis Catholic • uncle Lou Ferrello is a 1973 Notre Dame graduate, while cousins Melissa Ferrello ('03) and Alex Ferrello ('07) are also Notre Dame graduates • born August 13, 1986 • son of Paul and Kate Lapira • enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business as a management major.

M.A.C. Hermann Trophy Winner (2006)
Soccer America National
Player of the Year (2006)
All-America First Team (2006)
All-BIG EAST First Team (2006)
BIG EAST Offensive
Player of the Year (2006)
All-BIG EAST Third Team (2005)

Lapira's Career Statistics

2004 19-5 31 3 2 8 3
2005 23-16 87 7 5 19 2
2006 23-20 106 22 6 50 11
Totals 65-41 224 32 13 77 16

Lapira's Career Statistics

Game 4 (vs. #8 Indiana, 2006)
Season 22 (2006)
Game 2 (vs. West Virginia, 2005)
Season 6 (2006)
Game 8 (vs. #8 Indiana, 2006)
Season 50 (2006)

Joseph Lapira
Joseph  Lapira


Lake Charles, LA

High School:
Saint Louis Catholic

Height / Weight:
5-8 / 150


Event Calendar


August 13
8:00 PM
Omaha, Neb. (Caniglia Field)
August 16
8:00 PM
Des Moines, Iowa (Cownie Soccer Complex)
August 21
5:00 PM
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
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
Bloomington, Ind. (Armstrong Stadium)
September 29
7:30 PM
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
October 3
7:00 PM
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
October 6
7:00 PM
Clemson, S.C. (Historic Riggs Field)
October 10
7:00 PM
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
October 13
7:00 PM
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
October 17
7:30 PM
Akron, Ohio (FirstEnergy Stadium-Cub Cadet Field)
October 20
7:00 PM
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
ACC Championship First Round
Campus sites
November 5
ACC Championship Quarterfinal
Campus sites
November 8
ACC Championship Semifinal
Campus sites
November 12
ACC Championship Final
Charleston, S.C. (MUSC Health Stadium)
November 16
NCAA Championship First Round
Campus sites
November 19
NCAA Championship Round of 32
Campus sites
November 26
NCAA Championship Round of 16
Campus sites
December 2
NCAA Championship Quarterfinal
Campus sites
December 8
NCAA College Cup Semifinal
Philadelphia, Pa. (Talen Energy Stadium)
December 10
NCAA College Cup Final
Philadelphia, Pa. (Talen Energy Stadium)

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