January 12, 1999

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – University of Notre Dame men’s soccer players Phil Murphy (Brentwood Tenn.) and David Cutler (Seattle, Wash.) have been named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) for the North/Central Region. Murphy was a first-team selection, while Cutler earned second-team honors.

Murphy, who is enrolled in the College of Business Administration as a finance major, has been named to the Dean’s List each of his seven semesters at Notre Dame and has earned a 4.00 grade point for four consecutive semesters. Murphy, a co-captain on the Irish soccer team this season, owns a 3.908 grade point average through seven semesters.

A two-year starter and former walk-on, the Irish defender led his squad to a 9-3-6 record this season. A three-time member of the BIG EAST Academic All-Star team and three-year letterwinner, he was one of seven players in 1998 to start all 18 games. He was the recipient of the Notre Dame National Monogram Club MVP award for the 1997 season and also was one of 12 students on campus to receive the Notre Dame Office of Student Activities Student Leadership Award in the spring of 1998. Last summer, he participated in the NCAA Foundation Leadership Conference. He finished his career with one career assist.

Cutler, has been a member of the Dean’s List each of his nine semesters at Notre Dame. The recipient of the 1998 Rockne Student-Athlete, he is a fifth-year senior in the five-year architectural program at Notre Dame and is enrolled in the College of Architecture.

Cutler also was an 18-game starter for the Irish, and during his four-year career started all but five games he played. As a freshman in 1994, he did not see action in any game but as a sophomore in 1995, he started all 19 contests. Cutler missed the 1996 campaign while studying abroad in Italy, but returned in 1997 to start 16 of 21 games.

He had a goal and two assists in his four-year career. He has a 3.750 overall grade point average and has been twice named to the BIG EAST Academic All-Star Team.