#2 Kyle Lawson
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[apos]s top defensive defenseman in 2008-09 … two-time winner of Notre Dame[apos]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[apos]s William Donald Nyrop Award as team[apos]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 assistversus 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[apos]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[apos]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-[apos]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-[apos]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.
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