#22 Jack Near
One of the top short-stick defensive midfielders in the country … will serve as a team captain during the 2015 campaign … earned honorable mention All-America accolades (USILA) as a junior … has been a key contributor for the Irish during his first three seasons … has notched 12 goals, seven assists and 69 ground balls in 48 career games … three monograms … selected by the Rochester Rattlers in the first round (seventh overall) of the 2015 MLL Collegiate Draft.
AS A JUNIOR (2014): Received honorable mention All-America accolades from the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) … played in all 18 games … career-high marks for goals (9) and assists (6) while also bolstering Notre Dame’s short-stick defensive midfield unit … picked up a career-best 30 ground balls … assisted on a goal in the 19-7 season-opening win at Jacksonville … picked up a career-high tying four ground balls against Penn State … gave Notre Dame its first lead of the game (10-9) in the 11-10 come-from-behind victory at North Carolina in the ACC opener … produced a goal and an assist in the 13-7 win at Ohio State … deposited a goal in the 11-10 setback at Syracuse … scored in the third straight game when he found the back of the net in the 15-7 loss to Duke … notched a goal in the 12-8 regular-season setback to Maryland … posted a career-high two assists, including the one on Matt Kavanagh’s game winner in the final seconds of regulation, in the 6-5 triumph over Maryland in the semifinals of the ACC Championship … netted Notre Dame’s final goal in the 15-14 victory over Syracuse in the title game of the ACC Championship … had three ground balls against the Orange … scored two goals and tied a career-best mark with four ground balls in the 18-17 win over Army … tallied a goal in the 13-5 win over Harvard in the first round of the NCAA Championship … assisted on goals in NCAA tournament wins over Albany (quarterfinals) and Maryland (semifinals) …earned his third monogram.
AS A SOPHOMORE (2013): Played in 14 games and tallied three points on two goals and one assist … 21 ground balls … scored a goal in the 10-9 triple-overtime victory over North Carolina … picked up a career-high four ground balls against Hofstra and St. John’s … netted a goal in the 13-9 victory over Villanova … notched his first career assist in the 12-11 setback to Duke in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championship … a BIG EAST Academic All-Star … earned his second monogram.
AS A FRESHMAN (2012): Had a solid rookie campaign with the Irish … played in all 16 games as a short-stick defensive midfielder … helped Notre Dame boast the nation’s top defensive unit as the Irish allowed just 6.31 goals per game … scored one goal and picked up 18 ground balls … attempted seven shots … picked up a season-high three ground balls in a 9-1 win over Providence … netted his first career goal in a 13-7 win over Yale in the first round of the NCAA Championship … that tally gave the Irish a 4-0 lead over the Bulldogs in the opening quarter … earned a monogram.
PREP AND PERSONAL: Lettered in lacrosse all four years at Bronxville High School … earned all-city and all-conference honors as a sophomore and junior … team MVP as a sophomore … captained the Bronxville squad during his senior campaign … team won conference championship in 2010 and 2011 … lettered in football during his junior and senior years … played quarterback, safety and wide receiver … was an all-conference performer during both of those football campaigns … helped his football squad to and undefeated season and the state title as a senior … two-time conference and regional champion in football … football team captain as a senior … earned a varsity letter and all-conference recognition in basketball as a sophomore and senior … son of John and Liza Near … has an older sister, Raleigh, and a younger sister, Colby … enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business as a finance major … has a 3.124 cumulative GPA.
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