CAREER: DeCato has played in 40 career games with 31 career starts...returns for his fourth season of eligibility after competing in three consecutive seasons and redshirting his first year on campus...earned the 2005-06 Big East Aeropostale Male Scholar-Athlete Award...two-time Big East Academic All-Star.
2005: Started all 16 games as a junior for Pitt in 2005...scored two goals on season...scored goals vs. Mount St. Mary's and vs. DePaul...registered three assists (LaSalle, at Marshall, Mount St. Mary's) and finished with seven points on 19 shots for the year...registered assists in three consecutive games (LaSalle, at Marshall and Mount St. Mary's)...named a Big East Academic All-Star.
2004: Appeared in 13 games and started eight times as a sophomore for the Panthers in 2004...played in seven of the Panthers' 10 Big East contests...complemented his good defense by registering four shots on the season, and two assists (vs. Marshall, at West Virginia) for a total of two points...named a Big East Academic All-Star.
2003: Appeared in 11 games and started seven as a redshirt freshman in 2003...registered seven shots and scored two goals, both coming in a 3-3 tie at West Virginia.
2002: Did not see any action as a true freshman and was redshirted.
HIGH SCHOOL: Led Arlington High School to the 1999 league, section and state championships...scored 23 goals and registered 18 assists in four-year career at Arlington...two-time All-League selection...garnered All-Selection honors as a junior...led Arlington to a four year record of 69-9-4...Poughkeepsie Journal All-Star as a senior...team captain in 2001...member of the F.C. Westchester soccer club for three seasons...led F.C. Westchester to a national title in 2000 and a state championship in 2001...2001 Empire State Games bronze medalist.
PERSONAL: Born May 19, 1984...son of David and Patricia Decato...has two sisters...neuroscience major.
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