Men's Lacrosse


34   Matt Garcia
Matt Garcia


Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.

High School:

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 195


• Senior captain who anchored a defense that allows 8.81 goals per game, starting 15 of 16 games.
• Caused two turnovers and scooped up three groundballs in the NCAA First Round victory over Syracuse (5/15).
• Picked up two groundballs at Rutgers (5/7).
• Snagged a groundball at Hobart (4/16).
• Caused three turnovers, picked up a groundball, and held leading scorer Nate Whitaker scoreless when Garcia was guarding him against Penn State (4/2)
• Picked up two groundballs at Sacred Heart (3/22)
• Piled up three groundballs vs. Brown (3/19).
• Scooped up two groundballs and caused a turnover at Albany (3/15).
• Snagged four groundballs and caused a turnover against Stony Brook (3/12).
• Caused a turnover and picked up a groundball vs. Yale (3/5).
• Senior co-captain picked up two groundballs at Hofstra (2/26).
• Face Off Magazine Preseason All-American -Honorable Mention
• Face Off Magazine All-ECAC Team

ON GARCIA: Will serve as co-captain along with Chris Doyle... Preseason Honorable Mention All-American.. who will be leaned on the defensive side of the ball as UMass' leader... a very composed four-year starter... a good leader who has gotten a lot stronger in his four years... can cover guys on the corner and gets the ball up the field... recovered from an ankle injury suffered last season.

AS A JUNIOR IN 2004... Hampered by injuries, but appeared in 11 games... named to the NEILA All-New England second team for the second-straight year... a key component of a defense that ranked among the nation's top 20, allowing just 8.29 goals per game... scooped up 23 groundballs...had at least two groundballs the last eight contests... collected a career-best six groundballs vs. Penn State (4/3)... snagged three groundballs in the win over Rutgers (5/8).

AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2003... A Preseason Second Team All-American... Garcia appeared in all 16 games, starting every one of them for the Minutemen... was named to the All-ECAC first team, All-New England second team and honorable mention All-America... part of a defense that ranked in the nation's top 20 of scoring defense, despite playing an up-tempo style... picked up a season-high five ground balls in the NCAA Tournament win over Hofstra (5/11), and was part of a defense that held Hofstra's two leading scorers, Joe Kostolansky and Jim Femminella (88 combined points entering the game), to one goal each... scooped up four groundballs against Brown (3/15)... tallied three groundballs each against Sacred Heart (2/22), Navy (3/8), Yale (4/12), Georgetown (4/19), Rutgers (5/3) and Maryland (5/17).

AS A FRESHMAN IN 2002... Saw action in all 16 games... part of a defense that held opponents to less than 10 goals per game... scooped up 16 groundballs... picked up three groundballs apiece in games versus Vermont (3/13), Yale (4/13) and Syracuse (4/26).

BEFORE UMASS... Played for Tim Weir at Lakeland... recorded eight goals and 15 assists in career as a defender... three-time All-Section pick and Empire State Games starter... All-League in 1998... two-year member of the basketball team.

PERSONAL... Matthew D. Garcia... son of Felix and Cathy Garcia... born Jan. 2, 1983... majoring in history.

Year	GP/GS	G	A	Pts.	Shots	EMG	GWG	GB	Pen
2002	16/0	0	0	0	1	0	0	16	7/6:00
2003	16/16	0	0	0	2	0	0	35	12/9:30
2004	11/9	0	0	0	1	0	0	23	4/3:30
2005	15/15 0 0 0 0 0 0 28 5/3:00
Totals 58/40 0 0 0 4 0 0 102 28/22:00

CAREER HIGHS Groundballs: 6 vs.Penn State (4/3/04)

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