If you're looking for Martin Dunphy, don't bother checking his apartment. And unless George Mason University has a soccer game, he probably won't be on the field, either.

Instead, Dunphy can be found in Room 128 of the school's sports recreation center. He's there every day, in the trainer's room, on a table or a bench, with trainer Frank Novakowski by his side.

"This is Martin's home," joked teammate Tony Walsh, who was receiving treatment for an Achilles' tendon injury. "He should be here any second now. He spends more time in here than he does at home."

Dunphy, a sophomore goalkeeper from Waterford, Ireland, has had a hairline fracture to his right ankle and assorted other injuries this season, but, nevertheless, has played in every game.

At best, Dunphy said he is 70-percent healthy for most games. Yet, he has a 0.98 goals-against average and is arguably the best goalkeeper in the country.

"He's had a little bit of bad luck, but he's still had a tremendous season," George Mason Coach Gordon Bradley said. "He's the best I've seen at the college level this year."

"He's fearless, he has soft hands and he makes the spectacular saves when they have to be made."

In the Patriots' opening-game tie with Virginia Commonwealth, Dunphy stepped in a hole and badly sprained his ankle. A month later, he found out it also was fractured.

"I started off bad from the first game," said Dunphy, who hasfive shutouts so far. "It hurts quite a bit, but I'm not going to sit out. I have to play each match. I don't care if I'm a bit sore. As long as there are no bones broken, I'm going to play."

In the Clemson tournament two weeks ago, Dunphy dived to his left to stop a hard shot by the Tigers' Bruce Murray midway in the second half. His fingers jammed in the dirt and he dislocated his pinky.

"He's a nut case," Walsh said. "He's crazy. Nothing will keep him out of a game."

Novakowski put the finger back in place and Dunphy returned to the game. Forty hours later, he was starting against Penn State. "Frank wanted me to come out, but I told him, 'No way'," Dunphy said.

At 6 feet, 175 pounds, Dunphy has good size for a goalie. He is extremely quick coming out of the goal area and rarely lets an attacker beat him to a high ball.

"He hates letting in a goal," Patriots forward Mark Pulisic said. "Even when it isn't his fault, he gets upset."

In a 7-1 rout of East Carolina last month, Dunphy allowed a goal that he had no chance of stopping. The Patriots were way ahead, but it didn't matter.

"He went crazy," Walsh said. "I've never seen him get so upset."

Dunphy needs treatment from Novakowski every day, leaving the goalie little time to practice. Walsh joked that he's seen Dunphy practice twice in the last two years. However, it's hard to picture Dunphy on the bench, despite the pain.

"I keep it out of my mind," he said. "In the heat of the game, I just try to forget about it."

Bradley talked Dunphy into visiting George Mason's campus two summers ago. Besides succeeding on the field, Dunphy is a business major with a 3.6 grade-point average.

Dunphy started his career at George Mason as the No. 2 goalie, behind then-senior Mike Benitez. In the 1986 Patriot Invitational, Benitez was having trouble against North Carolina and Dunphy made his debut.

He started 13 games last year, compiling seven shutouts and a superb 0.65 goals-against average. The Patriots' season ended with a 2-0 loss to Loyola in the South Atlantic regional final of the NCAA tournament.

"Actually, it was just a matter of getting him in," Bradley said. "Mike played well in 1985, but he let in an odd goal or two {last year}."

After his collegiate career, Dunphy hopes to play in an American outdoor league, if one is well-established by then.

"I'd like to stay in America because there is a lot of opportunity here," he said. "I'd like to go back to Ireland in a few years, after I've made my mark here."