posted 06.18.2012 at 5.43 p.m. by Matt Forman

Rogers Will Return to Notre Dame For Fifth Year

Lacrosse Magazine has learned that Notre Dame attackman Sean Rogers has been granted another year of eligibility and will return to South Bend for a fifth season.

A Notre Dame spokesman confirmed Rogers' status Monday afternoon.

Rogers, the Fighting Irish's leading goal-scorer in 2012 (22) and 2011 (18), missed all but one game during his freshman year due to injury. He started 45 of 47 games since then for Notre Dame, and had an extra season of eligibility based on NCAA rules regarding medical hardships. Rogers also completed the school's internal process for granting an extra season of athletic competition, based on overall university standing.

Rogers, a lefty appropriately nicknamed "Mr. Big Shot," scored three straight game-winners early in the year for the Irish — in consecutive games against Drexel, Hofstra and Denver — and put away the decisive goal in three others.

Rogers' return bolsters an already-experienced offensive unit. All five of the Irish's leading scorers are back, and only first-line midfielder Max Pfeifer departs among players to tally 20 points. Like 2012, next year Rogers should play alongside Westy Hopkins and Conor Doyle on attack. Jim Marlatt and Ryan Foley likely will retain spots on the first-line midfield.

Before learning of Rogers' eligibility, Lacrosse Magazine ranked Notre Dame No. 4 in its Early Offseason Top 15.

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