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    6  Joe Morelli
    Joe Morelli

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Holly, Mich.

    High School:
    Brother Rice

    Height / Weight:
    6-1 / 171

    Position:
    Defense


    2001: Enjoyed a standout junior campaign in which he was one of three UIC players to start in all 18 games?earned All-Horizon League Second Team and NSCAA All-Midwest Third-Team honors?tallied a single-season high five points on the year with two goals and an assist?netted the game-winning goal in the Flames? 3-2 comeback win over Butler on Oct. 17?drove home his second goal of the season in UIC?s 3-1 Horizon League Tournament triumph over Loyola on Nov. 10?also tabbed his lone assist on the year in the contest with the Ramblers.

    2000: As UIC?s starting sweeper in all 24 games, he did an outstanding job on defense as the Flames racked up 10 shutouts during the year, including a 1-0 victory over Bradley in the first round of the NCAA Tournament?earned All-MCC Second Team accolades and was also voted to the MCC All-Tournament Team after he and UIC allowed just one goal in three outings during the post-season tourney?netted his first collegiate goal in UIC?s 2-1 win over Northwestern?had an assist on Jake Stasko?s game-winner in the Flames? 3-0 win over UW-Milwaukee during the regular-season.

    1999: As a rookie, he did an excellent job anchoring the UIC defense as he started in the backfield in all 20 games he played in?was selected to the MCC?s All-Newcomer Team?helped the Flames earn nine shutouts during the season while surrendering an average of just over one goal a game.

    Prep/Personal: As a senior, he starred on defense for Brother Rice High School as he led the squad in scoring with 14 goals and eight assists for 36 points?he was also the team leader for game-winning goals with six, including the game-winner in the district championship game and the Catholic League semifinals?post-season honors included all-state, all-region, all-district, all-county and all-area accolades as well as First Team All-Catholic League recognition?as a junior, he tallied five goals and three assists for 13 points while earning all-county, all-district, all-league and all-area honors?started in every game he played in from his freshman year to senior year at Brother Rice?was a member of the Vardar III Club Team, which captured six consecutive state championships and was a two-time national finalist, as well as Michigan's Olympic Development Program team?was also a member of the Michigan High School Soccer Coaches Association All-Academic Team?born June 4, 1981?son of Rick and Linda Morelli?plans to major in exercise physiology.