The Irish Hockey team was victorious over Lake Superior State on December 1st.
Talented left wing who earned his first monogram as a freshman in 2012-13 ... has outstanding offensive instincts ... strong skater with great hands who is a natural goal scorer ... has excellent size and speed and is tough to knock off his skates ... has added weight in the offseason 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 on the ice ... needs to be more consistent in the defensive aspects of his game .... has all the tools to become a dominant college hockey player ... missed the first nine games of his rookie season after breaking his leg in preseason conditioning drills ... played in 32 games for the Irish, scoring 12 goals with 11 assists for 23 points ... had five power-play tallies and one game winner ... selected to CCHA all-rookie team ... named Notre Dame's rookie of the year ... member of gold-medal winning U.S. Junior National team that captured World Junior Championships in Ufa, Russia ... 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 ... attended the U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp in Lake Placid, N.Y., Aug. 4 to Aug. 11, 2012 ... one of three Minnesota natives on the Notre Dame roster along with Steven Fogarty (Edina) and Ben Ostlie (Edina) ... one of four Irish players to play in the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) along with Fogarty (Penticton), senior Shayne Taker (Cowichan Valley) and freshman Chad Katunar (Penticton) ... becomes the third son of a former Notre Dame player to play for the Irish, joining former teammate Kevin Nugent, Jr. `12, and his father, Kevin Nugent, Sr. `78 and former goaltender Rory Walsh `06 and his father Brian Walsh `77 ... Mario's father, Don Lucia, currently the head hockey coach at Minnesota, is an `81 graduate ... signed a national letter-of-intent to attend Notre Dame in the fall of 2011 along with DiPauli, Sam Herr, Vince Hinostroza and Justin Wade.
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 on 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 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, Minn. ... 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 is six games, scoring three goals in helping Under-18 team to the gold medal at the Four Nations Cup in Sweden ... in Nov. of 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 sophomore Steven Fogarty ... 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 award winner ... was 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 won 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 ... enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business at Notre Dame.