#10 Joseph Lapira
The 2006 M.A.C. Hermann Trophy winner became the program[apos]s first unanimous first-teamAll-American in 2006 a candidate to earn bothof those honors again during his senior season trained with the Ireland National Team during thesummer of 2007 able to play with the teambecause his mother is Irish earned a cap withthe Ireland team on May 23, 2007 in a matchagainst Ecuador at Giants Stadium in EastRutherford, N.J. first amateur to play for IrelandNational Team since 1964 trained with theGlasgow Rangers of the Scottish Premier Leagueand Derby County of the English Premier Leagueduring the summer of 2007 three-timemonogram winner brings a spark to the FightingIrish lineup at the forward position with hisenergy and enthusiasm quick and fast able totake players on and hit the ball well an excitingplayer as he makes things happen has played in65 career games, making 41 starts has 77 careerpoints on 32 goals and 13 assists.
AS A JUNIOR: Recorded arguably thegreatest season ever for a Notre Dame men[apos]ssoccer player won the Missouri Athletic Club(M.A.C.) Hermann Trophy as the top male soccerplayer in the nation according to the NationalSoccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) also received national player of the year honorsfrom Soccer America became the program[apos]sfirst unanimous All-American led all NCAADivision I men[apos]s players with 50 points and 22goals his 22 goals tie him for second all-time onNotre Dame[apos]s single-season list behind KevinLovejoy[apos]s 29 tallies from the 1979 campaign his50 total points are the third-highest single-seasontotal in Irish history notched six assists named the BIG EAST offensive player of the year first team all-BIG EAST and All-Great LakesRegion copped Sports Illustrated on CampusMale U Award two-time consensus nationalplayer of the week (Sept. 4 & Oct. 9) namedCollege Soccer News national player of the weekon Oct. 2 tapped as the BIG EAST offensiveplayer of the week on three occasions NotreDame Monogram Club Team MVP adidas/IUCredit Union Classic Offensive MVP played in all23 games, making 20 starts had a seven-gamegoal streak from Sept. 23-Oct. 14 recordedseven multiple-goal games, including a stretch offive straight two-goal matches from Sept. 23 – Oct.7 attempted 106 shots tore his left lateralmeniscus against UAB in the first match of theseason, yet opted to postpone surgery on hisknee until the offseason scored Notre Dame[apos]sfinal goal in a 4-1 victory over No. 8 Creighton inthe Mike Berticelli Memorial Tournament exploded with a four-goal outburst in a 5-4triumph of No. 8 Indiana in the adidas/IU CreditUnion Classic one of his tallies was the gamewinner, which came in the 98th minute the fourscores established an Indiana Classic record andwas one shy of the Notre Dame single-gamerecord of five picked up an assist in a 3-0victory over DePaul tallied both goals in a 2-0win against Louisville scored Notre Dame[apos]s finaltwo goals in a 3-1 triumph of Pittsburgh notchedteam[apos]s first two goals in a 4-0 win over Marquette registered another two-goal effort in a 2-0victory against Seton Hall continued his streakof two-goal matches in wins over Michigan (2-0)and Georgetown (4-1) scored a goal andcollected an assist in a 3-0 victory overProvidence dished out an assist on game[apos]s lonescore in a 1-0 triumph at No. 14 Connecticut notched three points on a goal and an assist in a2-0 win over DePaul in the first round of the BIGEAST tournament scored the lone tally in a 1-0victory over Illinois-Chicago in the second roundof the NCAA Tournament netted a [apos]golden goal[apos]in the 107th minute of a 1-0 third-round NCAATournament win at No. 7 Maryland his 50h andfinal point of the season came on an assist in a 3-2 setback at No. 4 Virginia in the quarterfinals ofthe NCAA Championship earned a monogram.
AS A SOPHOMORE: All-BIG EAST third-teamselection named to the BIG EAST Weekly HonorRoll twice (10/3 & 10/31) posted team-hightotals in points with 19 and goals with seven to goalong with five assists, which was tied for theteam lead played in all 23 games, making 16starts scored a goal in the 4-1 season-openingvictory over No. 7 SMU in the adidas/IU CreditUnion Classic named to the Mike BerticelliMemorial Tournament all-tournament team as hescored the game-winner in overtime (108thminute) to push the Irish past Saint Louis, 1-0,and give Notre Dame the tournament title recorded a four-point game in a 3-3 tie versusWest Virginia on one goal and two assists thatperformance earned him a spot on the BIG EASTWeekly Honor Roll collected an assist in a 2-1win at Providence notched a career-high fivepoints on two goals and an assist in leading theIrish past No. 16 Seton Hall, 4-0 named to theBIG EAST Honor Roll and Top Drawer SoccerTeam of the Week for his efforts against thePirates put Notre Dame on the board in the 20thminute in a 2-0 triumph over Western Illinois inthe first round of the NCAA Tournament scoreda goal in the 62nd minute against No. 3 Indiana inthe second round of the NCAAs to put the Irishup 2-0 en route to the upset victory earned amonogram.
AS A FRESHMAN: Played in all 19 games,while making five starts responded well once hewas moved into the starting lineup due to aninjury to Tony Megna tallied three goals andtwo assists for a total of eight points, which tiedhim for fourth on the team all three of his goalswere game-winners came off the bench to scorehis first-career goal in a 4-1 win over Georgetownin the Irish[apos]s BIG EAST-opener took a pass andbeat the Hoya goalkeeper one-on-one in the 72ndminute assisted on a goal versus Pittsburgh asthe Irish defeated the Panthers 3-0 assisted onthe Irish[apos]s second goal in a 3-0 win versus No. 22Michigan first-career start came in a 1-1 tie atNo. 10 St. John[apos]s started the following game aswell and netted Notre Dame[apos]s lone goal in a 1-0victory versus No. 17 Seton Hall in the 81stminute earned BIG EAST offensive player of theweek honors on Oct. 25 thanks in part to his tallyversus the Pirates put the Irish on the board atthe 84:54 mark against Connecticut as NotreDame would go on to win 2-0 earned amonogram.HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA:2004 Gatorade Louisiana player of the year, andan [apos]04 Southwest Louisiana High School Hall ofFame inductee ended stellar prep career bypicking up All-America, all-state and all-districthonors, while leading his nationally-ranked St.Louis Catholic squad to conference and statechampionships named state, district and teamMVP as a senior two-time all-state selection,district MVP and state champion three-time alldistrictselection honored as StateChampionship Finals game MVP in both [apos]03 and[apos]04 member of the [apos]01 regional OlympicDevelopmental Program (ODP) pool led clubteam Cajun Burn to three consecutive state titlesin [apos]01, [apos]02 and [apos]03 also a two-year letterman inswimming and track and field senior classpresident, as well as a member of the NationalHonor Society and the Latin Club, while at St.Louis Catholic uncle Lou Ferrello is a 1973 NotreDame graduate, while cousins Melissa Ferrello([apos]03) and Alex Ferrello ([apos]07) are also Notre Damegraduates born August 13, 1986 son of Pauland Kate Lapira enrolled in the MendozaCollege of Business as a management major.
AWARDS & HONORS:
M.A.C. Hermann Trophy Winner (2006)
Soccer America National
Player of the Year (2006)
All-America First Team (2006)
All-BIG EAST First Team (2006)
BIG EAST Offensive
Player of the Year (2006)
All-BIG EAST Third Team (2005)
Lapira[apos]s Career Statistics
Lapira[apos]s Career Statistics
|Game 4 (vs. #8 Indiana, 2006)
Season 22 (2006)
|Game 2 (vs. West Virginia, 2005)
Season 6 (2006)
|Game 8 (vs. #8 Indiana, 2006)
Season 50 (2006)