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Notre Dame Places Two Student-Athletes On Verizon District Five All-Academic Team

May 16, 2002

Notre Dame, Ind. – Notre Dame hockey standout David Inman (Sr., Toronto, Ont.) and top golfer Steve Ratay (Sr., Arlington Heights, Ill.) have been selected to the 2002 Verizon Men’s Academic All-District Five At-Large team. Both student-athletes move onto the national ballot for Academic All-American honors that will be announced in June.

Inman finished second on the Irish in scoring last season with career highs in goals (19), assists (18), points (37) and power play goals (7). He finished fifth in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) with 14 goals and 17 assists for 31 points in 28 league games. Inman was an honorable mention all-CCHA selection and was named to the league’s eight-man all-Academic team for the 2001-02 season.

A member of Notre Dame’s Academic Honors Program, Inman had a 3.524 grade point average in Finance and was a Dean’s List selection in five of his first seven semesters at Notre Dame. He will graduate on Sunday, May 19th. A 2001-02 alternate team captain, Inman was a member of the CCHA’s all-rookie team in 1999 and played for the United States’ Junior National Team. He was also a second round selection of the New York Rangers in the 1999 National Hockey League Entry Draft.

The Irish have had one player selected to the Verizon Academic all-American national team in five consecutive seasons (1996-2001).

Ratay finished his Notre Dame career as one of the finest golfers ever for the Irish. In his final season, Ratay finished with a 73.03 season average in 32 rounds for the best single-season mark in school history. For his career, Ratay played 105 rounds and had a 74.46 career average to finish .03 off the school record of 74.43. The BIG EAST runner-up in 2002, the senior computer science major had seven top 10 finishes for the Irish during the 2001-02 season.

A third team Verizon Academic all-America at-Large Team selection in 2001, Ratay was a Dean’s List selection in each of his first seven semesters at Notre Dame. He has a 3.82 grade point average in Computer Science and will graduate on May 19. Ratay was selected as a winner of the Byron V. Kanaley Award which is the most prestigious honor awarded a Notre Dame senior student-athlete. A member of Notre Dame’s Academic Honors Program, Ratay won the team’s Rockne Student-Athlete Award in 2001 and was the team’s Most Valuable Player in 2002.

The Notre Dame men’s golf team has had a golfer selected to the national Academic all-American team in each of the last two years.