Latest in a series, offering an inside look at some of the meaningful items that line the walls in the offices of Notre Dame's head coaches.
Two-time team captain played in 83 matches, including 81 starts received third-team Academic All-America honors as a senior a first-team all-BIG EAST pick as a senior all-BIG EAST second team during his junior season two-time All-Great Lakes Region second-team selection (2008 & 2009) NSCAA Scholar All-America first team as a senior and was a second-team pick as a junior earned four monograms received the team's MVP and scholar-athlete award during his senior campaign a three-time BIG EAST Academic All-Star selected by the San Jose Earthquakes in the second round (19th overall pick) of the 2010 Major League Soccer SuperDraft.
AS A SENIOR: A first-team all-BIG EAST honoree was named to the CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America third team TopDrawerSoccer.com national first team NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region second team NSCAA Scholar All-America first team received the Notre Dame Monogram Club Team MVP award and the Knute Rockne Scholar-Athlete award served as a team captain for the second straight season Lowe's Senior CLASS Award candidate second among all Irish players with 18 points had six goals and a team-best six assists attempted 50 shots assisted on Notre Dame's first goal (26th minute) in a 5-0 triumph of Michigan in the season opener netted the equalizer on a penalty kick in the 77th minute in a 1-1 draw against Wake Forest in the adidas/IU Credit Union Classic was named to the adidas/IU Credit Union Classic all-tournament team tallied the game's second goal (60th minute) in a 3-0 win over Seattle in the Mike Berticelli Memorial Tournament was selected to the Berticelli all-tournament team dished out a career-high two assists in a 2-1 win at DePaul in the BIG EAST opener scored the first goal (49th minute) and assisted on the second Irish goal in a 4-0 victory over Louisville named to the BIG EAST weekly honor roll for his performance against the Cardinals tallied the equalizer in the 51st minute in a 2-1 win over Seton Hall gave the Irish a 1-0 lead in the 31st minute in a 2-1 overtime victory at Georgetown collected an assist in the game's lone goal in a 1-0 win at Pittsburgh knotted the Connecticut match in the 28th minute and the Irish wound up winning 2-1 in overtime assisted on Notre Dame's first goal in a 2-2 draw against USF in the BIG EAST Championship quarterfinals selected to the BIG EAST Championship all-tournament team earned his fourth monogram.
AS A JUNIOR: A starter in all 21 matches second on the team in goals (8) and total points (21) along with tying for second in assists with five all of those offensive numbers were career-high totals ranked third in the BIG EAST Conference in points per game selected to NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region second team and the all-BIG EAST second team assisted on a goal in a 4-1 win over Duke at the adidas/IU Credit Union Classic scored a goal in both games of the Mike Berticelli Memorial Tournament in helping the Irish to the title with wins over Dartmouth (2-1) and fifth-ranked USF (5-0) chosen as the Mike Berticelli Memorial Tournament offensive MVP as well as being named to the all-tournament team upped his goal streak to three games with a tally (55th minute) in a 4-1 win over Marquette in the BIG EAST opener scored a goal in back-to-back 3-0 wins over Syracuse and Cincinnati registered a goal and an assist in a 3-0 triumph of Michigan State notched an assist in a 4-1 besting of Pittsburgh netted the team's lone goal in a 3-1 loss at Indiana tallied a goal (51st minute) in a 3-1 win over Providence named to the BIG EAST weekly honor roll on Oct. 20 following his effort against the Hoosiers and Friars assisted on Jack Traynor's goal in a 2-1 setback to Northwestern in the second round of the NCAA Championship a BIG EAST Academic All-Star earned a monogram.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Started all 16 games in which he played compiled four points on two goals missed eight games following a jaw injury that was suffered in the season-opener, a 2-1 overtime win against No. 1 UCLA returned to the Irish lineup in a 3-0 triumph of No. 16 Michigan tallied the team's third goal (15th minute) in a 3-0 win at Pittsburgh put Notre Dame on the board in the fifth minute in a 2-1 victory over DePaul in the BIG EAST Championship semifinals in Storrs, Conn. named to the BIG EAST Academic All-Star Team earned a monogram.
AS A FRESHMAN: Made major contributions for the Fighting Irish during his rookie season two-time BIG EAST Rookie of the Week (Oct. 16 & Oct. 23) played in all 23 matches, making 21 starts tallied eight points on three goals and two assists his point total tied him for fifth on the team notched his first collegiate point with an assist on Notre Dame's second goal in a 2-0 win over Seton Hall began a four-game point streak with the second goal in a 3-0 triumph of Michigan State netted the second tally in a 3-0 victory over Providence assisted on the team's lone goal in a 2-1 setback at No. 4 West Virginia scored the game's only goal in a 1-0 victory at No. 14 Connecticut in the regular-season finale named to the 2006-07 BIG EAST Academic All-Star Team earned a monogram.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Had a stellar career at St. Thomas Aquinas High School a four-year starter and a valuable member of three state championship teams a two-time All-American and a three-time all-state and all-city selection named all-conference all four years a 2005 NSCAA/adidas All-American all-Midwest region first team first-team all-state selection in Kansas was named the player of the year by the Kansas City Star named team MVP and most inspirational player for his 2005 St. Thomas Aquinas squad prep team went undefeated three of his seasons along with garnering a national ranking two-time team captain and team MVP named 2005-06 Kansas Gatorade Player of the Year one of two soccer players nationally recognized by EA Sports as an All-American scholar athlete received honorable mention distinction for the academic all-state team ranks in the career top-10 at St. Thomas Aquinas for goals scored (41), assists (28) and points (110) also ranks in the top-10 for goals in a season (19) and points in a season (47) competed in the Missouri-Kansas all-star game inspired a new award at St. Thomas Aquinas `The Heart of Saints Soccer' co-captain of his Region II ODP team has international experience as he has already competed in tournaments in Italy and Spain traveled to England with his club team, the KC Legends, in 2001 also served as a co-captain on his Kansas State ODP squad has been invited to participate in the adidas ESP camp is an All-American, along with being a co-captain, for his KC Legends club team from the same area as former Irish teammate Matt Besler born March 8, 1988 son of John and Deborah Thomas has an older brother graduated from the College of Arts and Letters in May, 2010 with a psychology degree.