May 21, 2009
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The University of Notre Dame men’s soccer team recently named its captains for the 2009 season. Seniors Cory Rellas (D/M), Michael Thomas (M), Dave Donohue (M) and Justin Morrow (M) have been selected as the Fighting Irish captains.
Rellas (Plano, Texas/Plano West), who is entering his fifth season with the Irish, played in six games last season after missing the first 15 contests due to injury. For his career, Rellas has appeared in 52 matches, including 35 starts. He has notched 11 points on three goals and five assists.
Thomas (Olathe, Kan./St. Thomas Aquinas), who will serve as a team captain for the second straight season, copped all-BIG EAST and All-Great Lakes Region accolades in 2008. He was second on the team in goals (8) and total points (21) along with tying for second in assists with five. All of his offensive figures were career-best totals. Thomas was a starter in all 21 matches and ranked third among all BIG EAST Conference players in points per game. The midfielder has started 58 of the 60 games he has appeared in during his collegiate career. He has totaled 13 goals and seven assists for 33 points.
Donohue (Reading, Mass./Cushing Academy) started 20 of 21 games last season and notched five goals and five assists. Both of those were career-high figures. He had three game-winning goals, which tied him for the team lead in that category. Donohue was named the Soccer America national player of the week, the BIG EAST offensive player of the week and was selected to the College Soccer News team of the week on Sept. 15 after notching a hat trick against Marquette. He has 49 career matches under his belt and has tallied 22 points on eight goals and six assists.
Morrow (Cleveland, Ohio/St. Ignatius) was a starter in every game last season and netted two goals in addition to dishing out four assists. His point (8) and assist totals were single-season career-best marks. Morrow has appeared in 66 games, including 41 starts, during his Notre Dame career. He has registered five goals and six assists for 16 points.