One of four senior defensemen on the Notre Dame roster ... has won two monograms during his three-year Irish career ... has been a regular contributor on the Notre Dame blue line ... has played in 43 games in his career with a goal and two assists for three points ... defensive-minded defenseman who uses his size and strength to his advantage in his own zone, in the corners and in front of the net ... hard-working player who continues to improve his all-around game ... stay-at-home defender who walked on to the team as a freshman and in the words of his coach "competed his way into a job" ... intelligent player who makes good decisions with the puck ... outstanding student who is majoring in aerospace engineering ... Dean's List student in each of his six semesters at Notre Dame ... had a 4.0 grade-point average for the fall `01 semester ... goes into his senior season with a 3.812 grade-point average in Aerospace Engineering ... candidate for Rhodes, Mitchell and Marshall scholarships for postgraduate studies ... spent summer of `03 working for General Electric Aircraft Engines in Cincinnati, Ohio ... worked doing stress analysis of high pressure turbines for commercial aircraft engines ... two-time winner of the team's Notre Dame Club of St. Joseph Valley Rockne Student-Athlete Award (2001-02 and 2002-03) ... joins Scott Vickman, Carl Picconatto (three times), Jay Matushak and Steve Noble (three times) as only multiple winners of Rockne Student-Athlete Award ... honored by classmates and faculty of Aerospace Engineering program when he was selected as recipient of Patrick J. Deviny Scholarship Award in recognition of his "dilegence, persistence and enthusiasm displayed in pursuit of his undergraduate studies in aerospace engineering at Notre Dame" ... also inducted into Tau Beta Pi national engineering honor society in recognition of his achievements in the classroom ... only Notre Dame hockey monogram winner from the state of Maryland ... played his junior hockey with the Chicago Freeze of the North American Hockey League.
AS A JUNIOR: Played in just eight games during the 2002-03 season ... assisted on one goal and was -1 for the season ... recorded one penalty for two minutes ... lone assist came on a Tom Galvin goal that gave Irish a 3-2 lead in eventual 3-3 tie versus Vermont in third-place game of Ledyard National Bank Tournament (Dec. 29).
AS A SOPHOMORE: Saw action in 18 games during the 2001-02 season ... scored one goal and added one assist for two points ... had nine shots on goal for a .111 shooting percentage ... picked up three penalties for six minutes ... was +2 on the season ... got the season off to a fast start with a goal and an assist in Notre Dame's 4-2 preseason win over the University of Toronto ... scored first official goal of his collegiate career on Nov. 9 in 5-2 win over Ferris State ... scored on a blast from just inside the blue line at 14:19 of the second period to give Irish a 2-1 lead ... first career assist came in 3-3 tie with Michigan as he helped set up Aaron Gill's game-tying goal at 14:19 of the third period.
AS A FRESHMAN: Saw action in 17 of Notre Dame's 39 games ... did not score a point ... picked up seven penalties for 14 minutes and was -2 for the year ... took six shots on goal in limited playing time ... did not play in the first 20 games of the season ... made his collegiate debut on Dec. 30 versus R.P.I. at the Rensselaer Holiday Tournament ... missed just three of the team's remaining 19 games.
PREP & PERSONAL: Played in 1999-2000 with the Chicago Freeze, registering three assists in 35 games played ... finished as runner-up for NAHL's Community Service Award ... four-year letterwinner as a defenseman at Loyola High School, in Towson, Md. ... two-time captain and team MVP ... two-time all-conference selection ... all-city as a senior ... totaled 10 goals and 15 assists as a junior before closing out his high school career with 12 goals and 17 assists in his senior year at Loyola ... also played junior-B hockey during senior year, earning all-league honors with Central Penn Panthers ... his prep honors included the varsity leadership award, unsung hero award and academic all-star recognition ... father Chip Mathieson was member of the swimming team at the University of Maryland ... three of his cousins played baseball at Virginia Tech (Brian, Steven and Mark Render) ... son of Chip and Shelley Mathieson ... full name is John Martin Mathieson, III ... born April 30, 1981, in Baltimore, Md. ... majoring in aerospace engineering in the College of Engineering.
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