#34 Michael Podgajny
HONORS & AWARDS
USILA Honorable MentionAll-America (2007 & 2008)
All-Great Western LacrosseLeague First Team (2008)
All-Great Western LacrosseLeague Second Team (2007)
Two-time All-America honoree … earnedhonorable mention All-America accolades fromthe United States Intercollegiate LacrosseAssociation (USILA) during his junior and seniorseasons … played in 53 games, including 35starts, during his Notre Dame career … compiled68 goals and 36 assists for 104 points togo along with 129 ground balls … two-timeall-GWLL performer … named to the allleaguefirst team as a senior after being a second-team member of his junior season …four-time monogram winner … was selectedby the San Francisco Dragons with the seventhpick overall in the first round of the 2008Major League Lacrosse Draft … he became thefirst Notre Dame player ever selected in thefirst round of the MLL Draft.
AS A SENIOR: Earned honorable mentionAll-America honors from the USILA for thesecond straight season … named to the all-GWLL first team … started all 16 games inwhich he played … notched 25 goals and nineassists … picked up 50 ground balls, whichranked second on the team … scored a goal in14 games … did not play in the season openeragainst Loyola … scored one goal in wins overPenn State (15-9) and #13 Albany (7-6) …notched three points on a goal and two assistsin a 16-6 triumph of Villanova … also had athree-point effort with two goals and an assistin an 8-6 setback at #4 North Carolina …matched a single-game career-high with fourgoals in a 19-7 win over Dartmouth … alsoadded an assist against the Big Green … scoreda goal and tied a career-high mark with fourassists in a 13-6 victory over #11 Drexel …registered another four-goal effort in a 19-7triumph of Bellarmine in the GWLL opener …scored a goal in a 9-8 loss to #19 Denver …matched a career high with eight ground ballsagainst the Pioneers … upped his goal streak tonine games with a tally in a 16-6 victory overQuinnipiac … saw his goal streak come to anend in a 14-7 win over Lehigh … got back inthe scoring column with a goal in a 13-5 bestingof Air Force … netted a hat trick in a 17-12 win over #9 Ohio State that gave the Irisha share of the GWLL regular-season title …deposited two goals in a 10-6 win overQuinnipiac in the GWLL tournament semifinals… held without a point in a 9-2 victoryover #10 Ohio State in the GWLL championshipgame … scored a goal in Notre Dame[apos]s8-7 overtime win against #10 Colgate in theNCAA Championship first round … recordedthree points on two goals and one assist in an11-9 setback to #3 Syracuse in the NCAAquarterfinals.
AS A JUNIOR: Had a breakout season forthe Fighting Irish … named an STX/USILAhonorable mention All-American along withbeing a second-team all-GWLL performer …tallied career-high totals in points (39), goals(26) and assists (13) … second on the team inassists, while he was third in goals and tied forthird in points … only Notre Dame player toscore at least one goal in every game … first onthe team with a career-best 63 ground balls … whistled for five penalties, totaling three minutes… helped the Irish rank third nationally inman-up offense (.500) by scoring a team-highnine man-up goals … attempted 83 shots …opened the season with a goal in a 9-7 victoryover #13 Loyola … registered a (then) careerhighin points (6) and goals (4) in addition totwo assists in an 11-8 triumph of Penn State …deposited a goal and an assist in a 13-8 setbackto #4 Cornell … had one goal in an 11-8 lossto #15 North Carolina … notched two goals ina 16-5 triumph of #19 Drexel … tallied onegoal in games against Dartmouth (L, 7-6),Bellarmine (W, 11-3) and Brown (W, 11-3) …recorded a career-high seven points on threegoals and a career-best four assists in a 15-5win over Villanova … picked up a career-besteight ground balls against the Wildcats …matched that total in the next contest againstAir Force … posted three points on two goalsand one assist in back-to-back games, leaguewins over Air Force (16-4) and Denver (14-6)… registered a goal and an assist in a 14-2 victoryagainst Lehigh … tallied four points onone goal and three assists in a 12-6 win at #20Ohio State … scored one goal in a 14-9 bestingof Quinnipiac in the regular-season finale… matched a career-high output with fourgoals in an 11-10 setback at #5 Johns Hopkinsduring the first round of the NCAATournament.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Played in 11 games… missed four games … totaled 15 points onseven goals and eight assists … had two gamewinninggoals and one man-up tally …attempted 44 shots … collected six groundballs … opened the season with a three-pointperformance on a goal and two assists in an 8-4 victory over #14 Penn State … dished out anassist in a 9-6 loss to #8 Cornell … missed thenext four contests (North Carolina, Villanova,Bellarmine, #5 Hofstra) … tallied goals in winsover Brown (11-5) and Dartmouth (8-7) …netted the deciding eighth goal for the Irishagainst the Big Green … matched a career-highwith two assists in a 9-8 win over Butler in theGWLL opener … upped his point streak to a(then) career-best six games with an assist in an8-5 loss at #18 Denver … had the streaksnapped against Air Force … notched an assistin a 10-7 win over Lehigh … netted a goal ina 10-8 triumph over Ohio State … picked up aseason-high three ground balls against theBuckeyes … tied a (then) career-best markwith four points on three goals and one assistin a 19-7 victory against Quinnipiac in the regular-season finale … whistled for three penalties,totaling 2:00 of penalty time.
AS A FRESHMAN: Top scorer in the freshmanclass as he tallied 16 points on 10 goalsand six assists … fifth-leading scorer overall onthe team … helped the Irish finish fourth in thenation in scoring offense (11.91) … played inall 11 games, making starts in the first eightgames … picked up 10 ground balls … took 44shots, which was fourth-most on the team …called for two penalties (2:00) … picked up hisfirst collegiate point with an assist in the 14-6season-opening win at #21 Penn State …notched a goal and an assist in an 11-10 loss at#10 Cornell … scored a season-high threegoals, including a man-up goal, in a 9-7 winversus #10 North Carolina in the First 4Invitational … picked up a season-best twoassists in a 22-6 triumph over Butler … scoreda goal in a 10-9 loss to #19 Dartmouth … collecteda season-high four ground balls in a 9-6loss to Denver … notched an assist in a 14-13overtime win over Air Force … finished theseason strong by scoring two goals againstFairfield and three more against Ohio State …also dished out an assist against the Buckeyes togive him a season-best four-point game.
PREP AND PERSONAL DATA: Three yearletterwinner in lacrosse at Ridley HighSchool … also collected two prep letters in basketballand one in soccer … All-American hissenior season in lacrosse … his nationallyrankedsquad won back-to-back state championshipshis sophomore and junior seasons …two-time all-state, all-conference and teamMVP in lacrosse … captained the team as asenior in leading them to a regional title …named the 2003 Pennsylvania state championshipMVP … led team in points (81), goals(52) and assists (29) in 2003 … as a sophomore,the team went undefeated … two-time conferencechampion … registered 135 career goalsand 91 assists … participated in thePennsylvania senior all-star game … tallied 58points (36 goals, 22 assists) playing forMonsignor Bonner High School as a freshmanin 2001 before transferring … in his first prepseason, he was a first-team all-Catholic Leagueselection … was also a Top-205 camp all-star …tabbed as a ‘Young Gun’ midfielder by InsideLacrosse magazine … from the same highschool as former Irish player Matt Ryan …member of the National Honor Society andthe Tri-M Music Honor Society … father, John,played college basketball at Washington andLee University, where he earned AP honorablemention All-America recognition … son ofLaura Jean and John Podgajny … has one olderbrother … last name is pronounced puh-GOnee… born Feb. 9, 1986, in Chester, Pa. …graduated from the Mendoza College ofBusiness in May of 2008 with a finance degreeand a 3.030 cumulative GPA.
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