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Matt Miller

School

Notre Dame

Position
Defense
Major
Finance
G
0
A
0
PTS
0
GB
24
SV%
-
GAA
-

Classroom

Miller has a 3.158 cumulative GPA as a Finance major in Notre Dame’s nationally-ranked Mendoza College of Business. He is a three-time Big East Academic All-Star.

Character

Matt’s teammates and coaches elected him as a team captain for the 2013 season. He was nominated to be a part of Notre Dame’s Rosenthal Leadership Academy, which develops, challenges and supports student-athletes and coaches in their continual quest to become world-class leaders in athletics, academics and life. During breaks from school, Matt volunteers to coach lacrosse at both his high school and local lacrosse organizations back in Virginia. During his freshman and sophomore years at Notre Dame, Matt volunteered to be the Duncan Hall dorm chef.

Community

Matt has taken part in numerous community service projects in the South Bend/Notre Dame community and his hometown in Virginia. For the past four years he has been a mentor for struggling and at-risk students at Jefferson Intermediate School and Dickinson Middle School in South Bend. In that role, Matt meets with the students once a week. He has also been involved in the Playing for Peace initiative at Notre Dame to help promote awareness for lasting peace in Sudan. He has participated in community service work, athletic events and peace rallies to help with the Playing for Peace cause. The Playing for Peace initiative seeks to use the platform of sport to transcend boundaries and bring people together in the pursuit of peace, justice and human understanding. Matt and the Irish men’s lacrosse program have also been instrumental in bringing the initiative to the local level by doing community service work in South Bend and Chicago. In his hometown, Matt has done work at the Fauquier Free Clinic, where he has organized coat drives and did administrative work in the office.

Competition

Matt earned honorable mention All-American honors from the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) as a junior in 2012 in addition to being named Second-team All-Big East. He started all 16 games in the Fighting Irish defense, which ended the season ranked first nationally by allowing just 6.31 goals per game. Notre Dame held seven of its opponents to six goals or fewer during the season. The Irish also boasted the nation’s top man-down defense (.892) last season.
Matt had one assist and picked up 30 ground balls during the ’12 season. He notched his first career point when he assisted on Notre Dame’s fourth goal in a 7-5 setback to Loyola in the semifinals of the 2012 NCAA Championship. He picked up five ground balls, which tied a career-high total, in a 12-10 win over Virginia in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championship. The Rochester Rattlers selected Miller in the sixth round (44th overall selection) of the 2013 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft.