The Notre Dame Hockey team got their first win of the season with a 3-1 victory against Alabama-Huntsville on Saturday.
One of the top defensemen to ever play at Notre Dame ... two-time alternate captain during his career ... selected second team all-CCHA in 2008-09 ... honorable mention all-CCHA for 2007-08 and 2009-10 ... was member of CCHA all-rookie team as a freshman ... named CCHA's top defensive defenseman in 2008-09 ... two-time winner of Notre Dame's William Donald Nyrop Award (2009, 2010) ... selected in the seventh round of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, 198th overall by the Carolina Hurricanes ... signed with Carolina in March of 2010 following his senior year at Notre Dame ... led Irish defensemen in scoring as a senior with four goals and 18 assists for 22 points ... played in 161 career games with 17 goals and 73 assists for 90 points to rank eighth all-time among Notre Dame defensemen in scoring ... member of 2007 bronze-medal winning U.S. Junior National Team where he served as a team captain.
AS A SENIOR: Saw action in all 38 games for Notre Dame ... was third in scoring, tops among Irish defense- men with four goals and 18 assists for 22 points ... had three power-play goals, one short-handed tally and two game winners ... picked up 18 penalties for 44 minutes ... led Notre Dame with 73 blocked shots ... honorable mention all-CCHA selection ... winner of Notre Dame's William Donald Nyrop Award as team's top defender ... picked up a goal (shg, gwg) and an assist in second game of year, a 3-1 win over Alabama-Huntsville (Oct. 10) ... had back-to-back games with a goal and an assist
versus Ohio State (Oct. 31) and at Alaska (Nov. 6) as part of a four-game point streak (2g, 4a) ... fourth goal of the year came on Jan. 10 in a 4-2 loss to the Bulldogs ... had a second, four-game point streak (1g, 7a) from Jan. 10 to Jan. 22 ... had five assists in weekend series with Michigan State (Jan. 15-16) and two helpers in 6-1 win at Lake Superior (Jan. 22) ... selected CCHA defenseman of the week in consecutive weeks (Jan. 18 and Jan. 25) and took the honor three times during the season ... was scoreless in two postseason games.
AS A JUNIOR: Played in all 40 games for the Irish, scoring four goals with 19 assists for 23 points ... three goals came via the power play with one short-handed and one game winner ... second on the squad with a +14 rating ... called for 22 penalties, resulting in 44 pen- alty minutes ... first goal of the season came short- handed in 3-0 win over Sacred Heart (Oct. 17) ... recorded second multiple-point game with a power- play goal and one assist in 4-2 win at Northern Michigan (Nov. 1) ... selected to the Shillelagh Tournament all- tourney team after anchoring Irish defense in 3-1 wins over Union and Minnesota-Duluth ... was the CCHA defenseman of the week after getting three assists and going +3 on the weekend in back-to-back shutouts against Alaska (Jan. 9-10) ... had season-best weekend versus Northern Michigan (Feb. 13-14) with a goal and four assists in two wins ... selected CCHA defenseman of the week for the second time following weekend ... closed the regular season with assists at Northern Michigan and at Michigan State ... scored a power-play goal in 2-1 win over Northern Michigan in CCHA semifi- nals ... set up one goal in CCHA championship game against Michigan ... had a goal and two assists in five postseason games.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Played in 45 of Notre Dame's 47 games on the season ... led Irish defensemen in scoring with five goals and 21 assists for 26 points, all career highs ... had 18 penalties for 36 minutes ... scored two power-play goals and two game-winning goals ... had four multiple-point games on the year with a career-best four-point game (1g, 3a) in CCHA playoff game versus Ferris State (March 15) ... was an honorable mention all-CCHA selection ... selected to the Frozen Four all-tournament team ... scored first goal of the season in 4-3 win against fifth-ranked Denver on Oct. 19 ... had a goal and an assist in series sweep of Lake Superior (Nov. 1-2) ... goal versus the Lakers was first game-winning goal of the season and came via the power play ... had first multiple-point game with two assists in 4-1 win over Western Michigan (Nov. 16) ... was selected CCHA defensive player of the week following sweep of Western Michigan ... picked up third goal of year and second game winner in 2-1 home win against Bowling Green (Nov. 20) ... had a career-best six-game point streak (1g, 6a) from Nov. 20 to Dec. 7 ... had five points (1g, 4a) in best-of-three CCHA second round series with Ferris State ... had career-best four-point game (1g, 3a) in 6-3 win in game two with Bulldogs ... fifth goal of the season came on the power play in NCAA West Regional win over New Hampshire (7-3) ... assisted on lone Irish goal in 4-1 loss to Boston College in national championship game on April 12 ... had key goal disallowed versus Eagles that would have cut 3-1 lead to 3-2 at 4:56 of third period ... had two goals and five assists for seven points in nine postseason contests.
AS A FRESHMAN: Played in 38 games with four goals and 15 assists for 19 points ... two goals came on the power play ... picked up seven penalties for 14 min- utes ... led all Irish defensemen and was fourth on team with a +21 ... selected to CCHA all-rookie team ... recorded first collegiate assist in 7-1 win against No. 1 Boston College ... added five more assists before recording first career goal and two-point game in Dec. 3 win against Alaska ... got first goal at 8:15 of second period, giving Irish a 4-1 lead in 6-2 victory ... that started him on a six-game point streak (3g, 4a) from Dec. 3 to Jan. 19 ... had one assist in 7-3 win at Michigan on Dec. 8 ... notched first career power-play goal in 4-3 win over Wolverines on Dec. 10 ... returned from World Junior Championships to record assists in both games of Lake Superior State series (Jan. 12-13) ... closed streak with third goal of the year (ppg) in 3-2 loss at Western Michigan ... final goal of the year came in first game of CCHA quarterfinals against Alaska ... added an assist in series-clinching win against Nanooks on March 10 ... final assist of the year came versus Alabama-Huntsville in 3-2 double-overtime win ... helped set up Ryan Thang's game winner at 15:18 of the second overtime ... had one goal and two assists in six postseason games.
WITH USA HOCKEY: Served as alternate captain of 2007 U.S. Junior National Team that won bronze medal in Sweden ... played in seven games with no points and two penalty minutes ... spent the `04-'05 season with the U.S. Under-18 team ... had four goals and 21 assists in 45 games while being a member of gold-medal win- ning teams at the Four Nations Tournament and the Under-18 World Championships in the Czech Republic ... strong performance at Under-17 Select Festival in 2004 earned him a spot with national program ... was an alternate captain on 2004 Under-18 Select Team that finished fourth at World Cup.
PREP & PERSONAL: Graduated from South Lyon High School in South Lyon, Mich. .... came up through the Honeybaked AAA program where he had 17 goals and 41 assists for 58 points in `03-'04 ... following one season in the U.S. program, played in the USHL for the Tri-City Storm ... led the Storm defensemen in scoring with nine goals and 13 assists for 22 points in 49 games ... full name is Kyle Joseph Lawson ... son of Robert and Judith Lawson ... has one brother and one sister ... born Jan. 11, 1987 in Southfield, Mich. ... graduated from Notre Dame with degrees in psychology and computer applications.