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M | JR.

2013 (Sophomore): Dominant presence in the faceoff circle, playing in all 15 contests … finished the season ranked fourth in the nation in faceoff win percentage (.622) and ground balls per game (8.40) … earned Second Team All-BIG EAST honors … won 222-357 faceoff attempts, adding two goals, nine assists and four caused turnovers … collected 126 ground balls, gathering 10 or more in four contests … recorded 21 or more faceoff wins in two games, winning 11 or more in 13 of the 15 games … held a .500 or better winning percentage in all but two games … started off the season strong, going 21-24 in faceoffs (.875 percent) and scored the first goal of his career to go along with a career-high two assists against Manhattan (Feb. 10) … tallied 19 faceoff wins and six ground balls against Wagner (Feb. 19) … found the back of the net for the second time in his career against Stony Brook (March 2), while also collecting 11 ground balls and winning 13 of 22 faceoffs … named to BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll after winning 29 faceoffs between the Holy Cross (March 5) and Army (March 9) games … accumulated a personal-best 27 faceoff wins at St. John’s (March 16), which ranks fourth in BIG EAST history and tied for ninth in NCAA history for faceoff wins in a game … set a career-best mark with 14 ground balls against the Red Storm, while tying a career-high with two assists … totaled 12 ground balls vs. Providence (March 30) … notched 18 faceoff wins in 26 attempts at Syracuse (April 13) to go along with one assist and nine ground balls. 

2012 (Freshman): Saw action in all 15 games, primarily as a faceoff specialist … first on the team in groundballs, scooping up 52 on the season … second on the team in faceoff percentage with a .529 mark … scooped three groundballs and caused two turnovers in the 11-10 victory vs. Air Force (Feb. 19) in the Carrier Dome … won 12-of-18 faceoffs, picked up seven groundballs and caused one turnover in the 9-5 victory at Wagner (Feb. 21) … won 11-of-19 faceoffs and scooped up four groundballs vs. UMBC (Feb. 26) … won a then-season-high 13-of-16 faceoffs and registered five groundballs in the 9-6 victory over Lafayette (March 3), earning BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week (March 5) for his efforts against the Leopards  … tied his season-high by winning 13-of-20 faceoffs vs. Marist (March 13), also picking up a season-best 12 groundballs and causing one turnover.

Prior to Rutgers: Helped Cazenovia High School to a New York Class C State Championship in 2011 … as a team captain his senior season, earned First Team All-CNY honors … two-time first team all-league … also starred on the ice for Cazenovia, taking a place on the all-state tournament squad while leading his team to the 2011 New York Division 2 State Championship … two-time first team all-league in hockey … seven-time varsity scholar-athlete honoree … played with club team CNY Roadhawks for three years.

Personal: Born Mat 11, 1993 … son of Bari and Andrew Nardella … has an older brother, Brad, and a younger sister, Paige … an economics major.

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