#7 Joey Rallo
Filled in as top Irish sub on defense as a rookie in 2004 and made his way into starting lineup seven times in 2005 and 12 times in 2006 … three-time monogram winner … has appeared in 36 career games, making 20 starts and picking up 46 ground balls … capable defender … arguably the most physical player on the Notre Dame squad … has really dedicated himself … provides valuable experience to the team … attended Boys[apos] Latin, which is the same high school as current sophomore Davey Leach.
AS A JUNIOR: Played in all 15 games, making 12 starts … attempted one shot and collected 12 ground balls … called for two penalties, resulting in 1:30 of penalty time … picked up a season-high two ground balls against #14 Penn State (W, 8-4) and #1 Virginia (L, 14-10, NCAA first round)… took a shot in a 10-7 win over Lehigh … earned a monogram.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Played in 10 games, making seven starts … eighth on the team with 19 groundballs … picked up a careerbest five ground balls at #10 Cornell … had four ground balls in a 14-13 win over Air Force … had a three-ground ball effort in an 11-7 win at Villanova … picked up two ground balls apiece in games against #21 Penn State, #10 North Carolina and #13 Hofstra.
AS A FRESHMAN: Filled role as Notre Dame[apos]s top sub on defense, playing in all but one game in 2004 … picked up 15 ground balls, tops among Irish rookies … made first career start vs. #17 Ohio State … important in Irish putting together top back-to-back defensive performances in school history, holding Dartmouth to three goals (10-3 win) and Air Force to just two (12-2 win) … also key in unit that held opponent scoreless for stretch of longer than 25 minutes on four occasions: 28:47 vs. #17 Ohio State, 40:37 vs. Dartmouth, 48:14 at Air Force, and 25:42 vs. Fairfield … contributor in Irish defensive effort that held Hofstra without a shot in first quarter (ND had 17) of 19-11 victory … made collegiate debut in season opener vs. #17 Penn State … picked up season-high four ground balls at Air Force … had a pair against #16 Loyola, #13 Hofstra, #17 Ohio State, and Dartmouth … also took a shot against the Falcons … called for a slashing penalty against the Big Green … did not play at #3 Syracuse.
PREP AND PERSONAL DATA: A versatile athlete, played four sports in high school: basketball, football, soccer and lacrosse … two-time letterwinner in both soccer and lacrosse … earned one letter on each of other sports … helped lacrosse squad to finish with a No. 2 national ranking (20-2 record) as a junior … participated in 2002 Maryland Free State Classic … MVP of [apos]03 Laker Invitational Tournament … National Honor Society … born July 10, 1985 … carries a 3.207 cumulative GPA … enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business as a finance and economics double major.