Notre Dame's starting goalkeeper at the beginning of the last season ? will compete for starting job again in 2002 along with sophomore Chris Sawyer ? gives the Irish experience and depth in goal ? played well during the spring season ? tallest member of Notre Dame squad who uses his height to his advantage ? an agile player with deceptive speed and a long arm reach which enables him to cover a lot of space in the goal area.
AS A JUNIOR: Started first five games of the 2001 campaign and played in six contests overall ? allowed 11 goals and made 18 saves in 437:59 ? registered a 2.26 goals against average and .621 save percentage and posted one shutout ? had a 2-3-0 overall record ? played entire 108:59 of Furman game and made four saves in 3-2 double overtime loss ? had five saves in the game against Rutgers ? played the final 9:57 of IUPUI contest and finished with one save.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Earned 11 starts in the 12 games he played during first season as the full-time starter in goal ? started the first 11 games of the season in 2001 ? registered a 1.23 goals against average and .712 save percentage ? had 37 saves overall during the season and was credited with 3.5 shutouts ? posted his third shutout of the season in Notre Dame's 3-0 win over Syracuse as he made five saves in the contest ? recorded his first career shutout in making his first collegiate start versus New Mexico in the season opener and posted five saves in the game ? recorded his second consecutive shutout in 0-0 tie with UNLV and made four saves in the contest ? named MVP of the UNLV Fila/Snickers Rebel Classic after recording two shutouts and making nine saves in 210 minutes of action ? named BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Week following those two performances ? also made five saves in the Boston College game.
AS A FRESHMAN: Played in three games behind Gerick Short ? played a total of 35:30 during the '99 campaign ? did not allow a goal, made one save and shared in two shutouts in the three games he appeared in ? saw action for the first time in his collegiate career in the 12th game of the season against Providence where he played the final 11:28 of the match and made one save ? played 16:30 against Villanova and also saw action in the final 7:02 in Notre Dame's BIG EAST quarterfinal match versus Rutgers.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Two-year starter at Christian Brothers Academy ? played on the varsity team for five years and helped his team to 104 victories during that time ? had a 58-4 record as the starting goalkeeper ? as a junior, CBA recorded the only undefeated season in school history (23-0) while earning the team's second consecutive state crown ? garnered all-state, all-conference and all-city honors following his junior and senior seasons ? an all-East selection in 1998 ? top member of East ODP program since 1995 ? traveled to Bellinzona, Switzerland, with that team in 1999 ? has played for the Syracuse Blitz club team since 1989 and has been a member of three teams which have captured State Cup championships ? squad was runner-up at National Indoor tournament in '98 ? twice participated in adidas Elite Program ? born Jan. 18, 1981 ? enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business as a marketing major.
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