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    John Stephens

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Woodridge, IL

    High School:
    Benet Academy

    Height / Weight:
    5-8 / 155

    Position:
    Midfield

    Birthdate:
    10/15/1983


    AS A SENIOR: Will serve as a tri-captain for the 2005 season • a smart, heady player with sound technical skills • will look to team-up with Greg Dalby to solidify the Irish midfield • brings plenty of experience to the Notre Dame lineup as he has appeared in 40 games, which is the third most for a returning Irish player behind Dalby (42) and Ian Etherington (41) • has collected two career assists for a total of two points.

    AS A JUNIOR: Played in all 19 games during the 2004 campaign • used as relief in the midfield for the Irish, while also making three starts • all three starts came in BIG EAST play • dished out two assists for the first points of his career • collected his assists in back-to-back contests • fed a pass to Jack Stewart who put it away for the game-winner in the Irish's 2-0 victory over Boston University • helped tie up the match versus Evansville with an assist on Christopher High's goal as the Fighting Irish would go on to win 2-1 • keyed Notre Dame's winning play versus #9 Boston College with a great set piece free kick into the box, setting up Justin McGeeney's rebound goal in the 1-0 Irish victory • named the team's Knute Rockne Scholar-Athlete Award winner for the 2004 season along with being a member of the 2004-05 BIG EAST Academic All-Star Team.

    AS A SOPHOMORE: Saw the most action of his career in 2003, appearing in 13 games and making three starts • first career start came vs. St. John's during the regular season • also earned starts at Michigan State and vs. Connecticut in the BIG EAST Championship Quarterfinals • played a career high 105 minutes Akron during the Mike Berticelli Memorial Tournament • earned the team Knute Rockne Scholar-Athlete Award • member of the 2003-04 BIG EAST Academic All-Star Team.

    AS A FRESHMAN: Played in eight games in 2002 • came off the bench in Notre Dame's second-round NCAA tournament loss to Indiana • saw action in his first collegiate game against Seton Hall • also played in the Furman, Bradley, Providence, Michigan State, Villanova and Georgetown contests • named to the 2002-03 BIG EAST Academic All-Star Team.

    HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Played club soccer year round with Chicago Sockers and did not participate on high school team following his sophomore year • helped the Sockers capture Under-16 national club team championship in 1999, in addition to winning the USSA regional crown • team claimed third at the Under-17 competition in 2000 after winning Dallas Cup Championship that same season • helped Sockers capture three state titles in 1998, 2000 and '01 • five-year member of the Illinois Youth Soccer Association State Select Team • named to all-star team at Notre Dame Elite Soccer Camp in the summer of '01, in addition to claiming age group MVP honors at Indiana University Camp • member of State Olympic Development Program team since 1998 • grandfather Jack played baseball at Iowa and received master's degree from Notre Dame before serving as Notre Dame's associate athletic director for many years • father John graduated from Notre Dame • uncle Phil Krause is also a Notre Dame graduate • gained international experience by touring Japan, England and Holland with select youth teams • second oldest of four children • National Merit Finalist and Illinois State Scholar • earned Dean's List distinction both semesters with cumulative 3.741 for the school year • born October 15, 1983 • son of John and Joann Stephens • enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters as an economics major • earned a perfect 4.0 GPA during the fall 2004 semester and was named to the Dean's List • carries a 3.857 cumulative grade-point average.

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