Dec. 20, 2010
The Notre Dame hockey team goes into the Christmas break with an 11-6-2 overall record and is in first place in the CCHA with a 9-4-1-1 record in league play. One of the reasons for that has been the strong play of junior defenseman Sean Lorenz. The 6-1, 197-pound blue liner has been a steadying force on a young defense that has had as many as four freshmen in the lineup from time-to-time this year. After 19 games, the Littleton, Colo., native checks in with two goals and three assists for five points and leads the team with a +10, meaning that he has been on the ice for 10 more goals for the Irish than against. Among his two goals are one short-handed tally and one game winner this season. Lorenz has proven to be a clutch scorer in his career as three of his four goals at Notre Dame have proven to be game winners. A product of USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program, Lorenz and his teammates will next be in action at the Joyce Center at 7:05 p.m. on Wed., Dec. 29 when the Irish play host to the Canisius Golden Griffins. Prior to the break und.com’s Adam Schmitz had a chance to sit down with Lorenz to talk about his career and the fortunes of the Notre Dame hockey team.
Who have been your role models growing up? The most influential people in my life have been my parents. My mom has always worked hard for what she has done. My dad always keeps me in line.
Why did you choose to attend Notre Dame? I choose to attend Notre Dame because the program was up and coming. The combination of hockey and school was unbeatable.
Where are you living this year? I live in O’Neill Hall.
What has been your favorite class at Notre Dame? My favorite class was professor Ackerman’s Finance class.
What is your favorite dining hall food? My favorite dining hall food is Flank Steak.
What is your favorite sport to participate in outside of hockey? My favorite sport to participate in outside of hockey is golf.
What are your plans after college? After college, I hope to play hockey but if not, maybe investment banking.
What is your dream job outside of hockey? My dream job after college would have me being a stay-at-home dad.
What is your favorite team to play with on NHL ’11? My favorite team to play with is the Montreal Canadiens.
Who is your favorite professional athlete? My favorite professional athlete is Bobby Orr.
What is your pregame routine and meal? My pregame routine is to get dressed the same way, stretch with the team, and say a prayer before the game. My pregame meal is chicken and pasta.
What is a typical weekday like for you, during the season? Monday and Wednesday we lift, then go to class and practice. The rest of the days, I just go to class and practice.
How were you first introduced to the game of hockey? I was first introduced to the game of hockey by my next-door neighbors. They were playing at the time and invited me to a game. My parents approved of it, so I started playing.
What has been your favorite moment as a player at Notre Dame? My favorite moment at Notre Dame was my freshman year when we won the CCHA.
What is your favorite away rink to play in and why? My favorite away stadium to play in is North Dakota. They are loud and it is a great atmosphere.
What are your goals for the team this year? My goals for the team this year are winning the CCHA and the National Championship.
Who is the funniest guy on the team? The funniest guy on the team is Nick Condon.
What are your individual goals this year? My individual goals are be a solid defensemen. I want to put up points when I can and be a leader.
What’s your favorite girl’s dorm? My favorite girl’s dorm is Welsh Family.
Crosby or Ovechkin? Ovechkin, for sure.