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    Matt McNew

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Arlington, Texas

    High School:
    Arlington Lamar H.S.

    Height / Weight:
    6-3 / 200

    Position:
    Defense


    Lone veteran returnee and starter in the Irish backfield...boasts the most starting experience of any Notre Dame player heading into 1999...begins his fourth year as Notre Dame's starting sweeper...exceptional athlete with strong fundamental skills...with youth and inexperience on defense to start the season, his leadership and familiarity with defensive scheme will be critical to team's success early on...has demonstrated the ability during his career to score goals...his powerful shot makes him a scoring threat from several areas of the field.

    AS A JUNIOR: One of seven players who earned starts in all 18 games in '98...joined teammates Greg Velho and Shane Walton as a member of the all-BIG EAST second team...in addition to helping the Irish record a 1.04 goals against average, he tallied a goal and dished off two assists...scored his first goal of the season in 2-1 overtime win at Villanova...scored the game-tying goal at the 71:24 mark of the contest...made the 40th start of his career in the season opener against Valparaiso...scored his first goal of the '98 campaign in 2-1 win at Villanova...tallied his second goal of the season, and first of the game, in 2-1 at Saint Mary's...score came just 5:08 into the contest off an Andrew Aris assist.

    AS A SOPHOMORE: One of four players to start all 21 contests...scored two goals and dished off two assists during the 1997 season...had first assist of the season in 3-0 win over Providence when he assisted on Reggie McKnight's first collegiate tally...dished off an assist on Alan Woods' game-tying goal at the 86:17 mark in eventual 3-2 loss to Buffalo...scored first-ever BIG EAST goal and his first of the season in 3-0 win at West Virginia...tallied game-winning score off a corner kick from Scott Wells in 2-0 BIG EAST tournament quarterfinal victory at Seton Hall.

    AS A FRESHMAN: Appeared in 21 of 23 contests and made 18 starts...had a goal and an assist during '96 season...earned first career start in the season opener at Providence...tallied first career goal in 4-0 win over Northwestern in the second game of the season...scored Notre Dame's first goal of the contest at the 24:46 mark...credited with first career assist on Chris Mathis' goal in 2-1 BIG EAST quarterfinal win over Georgetown...missed Notre Dame's first-round NCAA tournament game at UNC Greensboro because of the flu.

    HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Played on Puma Cup team in summer of '96...two-year starter and captain at Lamar High School...also lettered in football as a kicker/punter and tight end...scored a school record 22 goals in his junior season...added 20 during his final scholastic campaign...led district in scoring two straight seasons...three-time all-state, all-district, all-area and all-region honoree...was a member of the Under-16 & 17 national pools...member of North Texas State Olympic Developmental program for six years...starter for the Dallas Texas Club team for four seasons and led that squad to four consecutive state titles and two regional championships...team twice finished third in the national tournament...two-time all-state selection in football...booted 48-yard field goal as a senior with seven seconds remaining to lift Lamar to a quarterfinal victory in the state playoffs...set school record with 55 PATs as a senior...also established new school mark with 85 points...was a perfect 10 for 10 in field goals as a senior...averaged 40.0 yards per punt...married the former Christy Spiegel in June...born October 22, 1977...enrolled in the College of Business Administration as an accounting major.

    McNew's Career Statistics

    Year    GP-GS   Sh   G   A   Pts  GW
    1996    21-18   3    1   1   3    0
    1997    21-21   2    2   2   6    1
    1998    18-18   23   1   2   4    0
    Totals  60-57   28   4   5   13   1
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