The Irish Hockey team was victorious over Lake Superior State on December 1st.
Talented left wing who collected monograms in each of his first two seasons at Notre Dame ... one of the most gifted goal scorers in the nation ... dynamic player with a great shot and a nose for the net ... will look to have a break out season in the goal-scoring department for the Irish ... has outstanding offensive instincts ... strong skater with great hands ... has excellent size and speed and with added strength has become tough to knock off the puck ... continues to add weight to his 6-3 frame ... will look to use his size and skill to cash in on scoring opportunities around the goal ... can make players around him better ... has outstanding vision ... played in all 40 games as a sophomore, scoring 16 goals with 15 assists for 31 points ... was second on the team in goals and finished fourth in overall scoring ... led Notre Dame with seven power-play goals and tied for first with four game winners ... has played in 72 games in his first two seasons, scoring 28 goals with 26 assists for 54 points ... already has 12 power-play goals for his career ... selected to CCHA all-rookie team (2012-13) ... named Notre Dame's rookie of the year (2012-13) ... member of gold-medal winning U.S. Junior National team that captured World Junior Championships in Ufa, Russia, in January 2013 ... played in seven games and had one assist ... chosen in the second round, 60th overall, by the Minnesota Wild in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft ... one of seven Minnesota natives on the Notre Dame roster along with junior Steven Fogarty (Edina), sophomore Ben Ostlie (Edina) and freshmen Tony Bretzman (Mendota Heights), Jordan Gross (Maple Grove), Connor Hurley (Edina) and Bo Brauer (Edina) ... one of six Irish players to play in the BCHL along with Fogarty (Penticton), sophomore Chad Katunar (Penticton) and freshmen Bretzman (Langley), Brauer (Nanaimo) and Luke Ripley (Powell River) ... along with freshman Anders Bjork is one of four Notre Dame players to follow their father to play hockey for the Irish ... Mario's dad, Don Lucia, is currently head hockey coach at the University of Minnesota and is a 1981 graduate ... Bjork's father, Kirt, is a 1983 graduate ... they join former teammate Kevin Nugent Jr., and his father, Kevin Nugent Sr., and former goaltender Rory Walsh and his father Brian Walsh ... signed a national letter of intent to attend Notre Dame in the fall of 2011 along with Thomas DiPauli, Sam Herr, Vince Hinostroza and Justin Wade.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Played in all 40 games for the Irish in 2013-14 ... had career highs in goals (16), assists (15), points (31), shots (83), power-play goals (seven) and game winners (four) ... had six penalties for 12 minutes ... was +1 on the season ... recorded six multi-point games and two games with two goals ... put together a personal and team-best seven-game point streak (6g, 5a) from Dec. 6 to Jan. 18 ... took three games to get on the scoresheet but then had goals in back-to-back games ... first goal of the season (ppg, gwg) came in 7-3 win over Michigan Tech (Oct. 20) ... followed that with a power-play goal in 3-2 win at Minnesota Duluth (Oct. 25) ... went four games without a goal before turning in a three-point game (2g, 1a) in 5-4 loss to top-ranked Minnesota (Nov. 9) ... scored on the power play in a 4-0 win over Merrimack (Nov. 15) ... sixth goal of the year came in 5-2 win over Alabama Huntsville (Nov. 29) in opening game of Shillelagh Tournament ... recorded his second, three-point game (2 ppg, gwg, 1a) in 5-3 win over Massachusetts (Dec. 6) ... game started him on a seven-game point streak ... scored in game two of the series with Massachusetts (Dec. 7) ... fourth goal of streak came in 4-3 loss to Boston College at Fenway Park (Jan. 4) ... goal was his second all-time in an outdoor game for Notre Dame ... had three assists in the weekend series with Alabama Huntsville (Jan. 10-11) ... closed the streak with a two-point game (1g, 1a) in 6-3 win over Lake Superior State and then had a power-play game winner in the 4-2 win over the Lakers (Jan. 18) ... streak was stopped in 4-0 shutout by Northeastern (Jan. 24) ... came right back with another three-game goal streak ... had a goal and an assist in 3-0 Irish shutout win over Huskies (Jan. 25) ... had one goal in each game of the series at New Hampshire (Jan. 31-Feb. 1) ... went eight games without a goal, getting just three assists before scoring the game-winning goal in 7-2 victory over Boston College in game one of the Hockey East quarterfinals ... in six postseason games had one goal and two assists for three points.
AS A FRESHMAN: Played in 32 of Notre Dame's 41 games as a freshman ... missed first nine games of the season due to a broken leg ... finished the year with 12 goals and 11 assists for 23 points ... five goals came on the power play and had one game winner ... had nine penalties for 18 minutes ... was -4 for the year ... had five games with two or more points and one multiple goal game ... selected to the CCHA all-rookie team and was Notre Dame's rookie of the year ... saw his first collegiate action Nov. 15 at Michigan ... got on the scoresheet for the first time the following night with his first collegiate goal in a 4-1 win over the Wolverines (Nov. 16) ... scored three goals in a weekend sweep of Lake Superior State (Nov. 30-Dec. 1) ... picked up first goal in 3-2 win over Lakers and then recorded his first multi-goal game with two lamplighters in 6-1 victory ... selected CCHA Gongshow rookie of the week for the first time ... had second, three-point weekend (1g, 2a) in sweep of Michigan State ... scored a goal (ppg) and added an assist in 3-2 win (Dec. 7) and then helped set up Mike Voran's game winner in 5-1 win (Dec. 8) ... ran his point streak to five games (4g, 4a) with two assists in 4-1 win at Bowling Green (Dec. 15) ... selected CCHA Gongshow rookie of the month as he had three goals, four assists and was +4 in the month of December ... joined the U.S. Junior National Team over the Christmas break as U.S. captured the gold medal ... joins former Irish forward Kyle Palmieri (2010) as only Notre Dame players to win gold medal at World Junior Championships ... returned to lineup and Minnesota to face his father's team (Jan. 8) ... was held scoreless in 3-1 win by the Gophers to snap five-game point streak ... returned to the scoresheet with one goal in each game of the series versus Alaska (Jan. 18-19) to start his second five-game point streak (4g, 3a) ... had career-high, three-point game (1g, 2a) in 5-2 home win over Alaska (Jan. 26) ... scored his ninth goal of the season in the 6-3 loss at Ohio State (Feb. 1) ... scored the first goal of the game in Notre Dame's 2-1 win over Miami at Soldier Field in Chicago (Feb. 17) ... picked up his team-best, fifth power-play goal (gwg) in 4-3 win over Bowling Green (March 1) ... followed with a two-point night (1g, 1a) in 4-1 win over the Falcons (March 2) ... selected the CCHA Postgame offensive player of the week with two goals and an assist in sweep of Bowling Green (March 3) ... played in five postseason games and had one assist.
PREP & PERSONAL: Graduated from Wayzata High School in Plymouth, Minnesota ... was a two-time letter winner for the Trojans ... selected all-Lake Conference in his sophomore and junior years ... all-state selection as a junior ... led Wayzata to the Minnesota 6AA finals in 2010-11 as he led the Trojans in scoring with 30 goals and 24 assists for 54 points ... spent time in 2010-11 with the USA National Team Developmental Program, playing in six games, scoring three goals in helping the Under-18 team to the gold medal at the Four Nations Cup in Sweden ... in November 2010 helped USA Junior National Select Team to a bronze medal at the World Junior A Challenge ... led the tournament with four goals ... following high school, played one season with the Penticton Vees in the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) where he was a teammate of current Irish junior Steven Fogarty and sophomore Chad Katunar ... was second on the team in scoring with 42 goals and 52 assists for 94 points in 56 games ... had 14 power-play goals, two short-handed markers and a pair of game winners ... winner of the Bruce Allen Trophy as the Interior Division's rookie of the year ... was a member of Penticton squad that was 54-4-0-2 to win the regular season title ... along the way, the Vees set a North American junior hockey record by winning 42 consecutive games ... the Vees then won the BCHL playoff title with a 12-2-0-1 record, defeating Powell River 4-0 for the Fred Page Cup Trophy with Lucia scoring six goals with 10 assists in 15 games ... Penticton then captured Canada's national junior A hockey title - the RBC Cup - going 2-2 in the round-robin round before defeating the Soo Thunderbirds in the semifinals and winning a dramatic 4-3 decision in the championship game against the Woodstock Slammers ... full name is Mario Paul Lucia ... son of Don and Joyce Lucia ... has two sisters, Ali and Jessie and one brother, Tony ... father was a defenseman at Notre Dame (1977-81) and had seven goals and 23 assists in 124 career games while playing for Lefty Smith ... brother, Tony, played hockey at the University of Minnesota from 2006-10 ... sister, Jessie, played volleyball at Concordia University ... born in Fairbanks, Alaska ... marketing - consulting major enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business at Notre Dame.