2013: Named College Sports Madness Ivy League Offensive Player of the Year … Selected to the All-Ivy League first-team … Played a total of 1,257 minutes over 16 games, making 15 starts … Led the team with 16 points, six assists and tied for the team lead with five goals … Set new career highs in each of those categories … Scored in the season-opener against Creighton, the first goal allowed by the No. 2 Bluejays to that point in the season (9/6) … Tallied goals in three consecutive games against Iona (9/14), Manhattan (9/18) and Northeastern (9/21) … Also had an assist for three points in shutout win over Manhattan … Assisted on the game-tying goal against Brown (10/5) … Provider the helper on the first goal of a 2-1 win over Binghamton (10/22) … Credited with an assist on both goals of a 2-0 shutout of Dartmouth (10/26) … Scored on a penalty kick against Sacred Heart (11/5).
2012: Selected to the All-Ivy League second team for the second straight season ... Saw action in 15 games, making 13 starts ... Trailed only Antonio Matarazzo in minutes played (1,340) ... Had one shot on goal and took a corner kick in season-opener against Fairfield (8/31/12) ... Recorded a shot on goal and a corner kick in Columbia's 2-0 win over Manhattan (9/5/12) ... Played 101 minutes and had one shot in 1-1 ties against Providence (10/9/12) ... Ripped two shots in 110 minutes of action against Princeton (10/13/12) ... Had four shots in Columbia's 1-0 defeat of Harvard (11/3/12).
2011: Second team All-Ivy League selection ... scored two goals and two assists on the year including the game winning goal in the season opener at Fairfield ... the midfielder was named the Ivy League Men's Soccer Player of the Week after leading the Lions to a pair of victories over Fairfield and Sacred Heart. Najem picked up the first Ivy Player of the Week award of his career, after having been named Ivy Rookie of the Week twice last season ... Najem was also one of 11 players nationally named to the College Soccer News Team of the Week after leading Columbia to a 2-0 start of the season.
2010: Honorable mention All-Ivy League selection ... stalwart in the midfield for Columbia, starting all 17 matches and playing 1,555 minutes ... named Ivy League Rookie of the Week twice during course of the season ... ranked second on the team in goals and assists ... registered 26 shots, ranking second on the squad ... had first career point, an assist, in 2-1 loss to Fordham ... scored a goal and assisted on the game-winner in 3-2 victory over Seton Hall ... tallied an assist on another game-winning score against Long Island ... had goals against Princeton and Harvard, with the one against the Crimson proving to be the difference in a 1-0 win.
Paramus Catholic: Four-year letterwinner and two-time captain ... set school record with 54 goals and 146 points in career ... scored 22 goals and tallied 11 assists as a senior ... named to Newark Star Ledger All-State First Team ... 2009 National Soccer Coaches Association of America New Jersey High School Player of the Year ... adidas/NSCAA First Team All-America selection ... three-time NNBIL All-League first team ... first team all-county and second team all-state after recording 17 goals and 17 assists as a junior ... helped Paladins to back-to-back league championships as junior and senior ... played club soccer for New York Red Bulls Academy.
Personal: Political science major ... son of Nelli and Ahmed Najem ... sister, Maria, is a 2008 graduate of Barnard College ... member of National Honor Society and National Language Honor Society in spanish ... Aquinas Scholar ... born May 26, 1992 in Livingston, N.J.