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Big Shots: Matt Miller, Notre Dame Academy (Va.)

by Jeff Seidel | Special to Lacrosse Magazine Online

Notre Dame-bound Matt Miller, a defenseman who just finished his career at Notre Dame Academy in Virginia, set school records for ground balls (365) and takeaways (154).

WHO HE IS: Matt Miller is a defenseman who played four years of varsity lacrosse for the Notre Dame (Va.) Academy. He's going to a school with a similar name in the fall, heading out to join the Irish at Notre Dame to play Division I college lacrosse in South Bend. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound defenseman began playing lacrosse in fourth grade and was a midfielder until switching after his freshman year. That move paid off handsomely, as Miller developed into a solid defenseman who caught the eye of the Irish and is headed to the Midwest in August.
WHAT HE DID: Miller plays close defense but was able to come up with some great stats at times. One of his best games came earlier this season when Notre Dame beat Paul VI Catholic. Miller finished with two goals and  three assists, plus eight ground balls and eight takeaways. That’s impressive for attack and midfield, but almost unheard of for close defense.
WHY WE NOTICED: Miller piled up some impressive numbers throughout the season and his career at Notre Dame. He finished this year with seven goals, nine assists, 120 ground balls and 65 takeaways. Overall, Miller ended his career with 36 goals and 28 assists plus school records in ground balls (365) and takeaways (154). He also earned first-team All-Maryland Independent Lacrosse League honors each of the last three years along with a number of other awards -- not to mention his slick YouTube highlight reel (see video below).
WHAT HE SAID: “I think it was a success overall this season. We’re a pretty small school in numbers, but we challenged ourselves by playing with the biggest schools in Virginia. The depth wasn’t there, but we played really well in the championship game. I really didn’t know much about Notre Dame [the college]. I took my visit out there during my junior year. I just fell in love with the school, and the coaches were probably the main reason for my [choice]. I’m really looking forward to playing out there.”
WHAT’S NEXT: Notre Dame’s season ended with the loss to Calverton in the title game.

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Previous "Big Shots" Honorees:

June 2 - Nicole Perrone, Brookfield (Conn.)
May 27 - Kevin Fritts, Highland Park (Texas)
May 19 - Connor English, Manhasset (N.Y.)
May 19 - Erin Laschinger, Notre Dame Prep (Md.)
May 11- Erin Fowler, Hoggard (N.C.)
May 8 - Yanni Rindler, Wooton (Md.)
May 5 - Carmen Taplin, Hillsboro (Ore.)
May 5 - Drew Claytor, La Quinta (Calif.)
April 27 - Katie Schwarzmann, Century (Md.)
April 27 - Terrence O'Donnell, Lindenhurst (N.Y.)
April 17 - Christian Walsh, Boys' Latin (Md.)
April 16 - Maura Maher, Greensburg (Pa.) Central Catholic
April 9 - Lauren Natale, Harrison (Ga.)
April 9 - Mike Antinozzi, Fallston (Md.)
April 2 - Haley Sheehan, Great Valley (Pa.)
April 2 - Sam McDaniel, Loyola-Shreveport (La.)
March 26 - Bobby Braun, Coronado (Calif.)
March 26 - Jordyn Cook, Cy-Fair (Texas)