PHILADELPHIA – A pair of University of Pennsylvania men’s lacrosse seniors, midfielder Joe McCallion and defenseman Matt McMahon, have been selected to play in the USILA’s Division I/II North-South Game. The annual all-star game will take place Friday at 5:30 p.m. at Cabrini College in Radnor, Pa., ahead of this weekend's NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship Weekend at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. (The DI/II game is the second half of a doubleheader, as the Division III North-South Game will take place at 3 p.m.)
Both McCallion and McMahon, who were co-captains of this year's Penn team, will play for the South team in Friday’s game. Penn has had at least two players play in this game each of the last six years.
McCallion started the season on Penn's first midfield unit, and was moved to the attack during the campaign. He finished as the team leader in goals (22), and was second in assists (12) and points (34). All three of those numbers were career highs. An honorable mention All-Ivy pick, McCallion finished the season 12th among Ivy players in overall points per game (2.62). His season was highlighted by four-goal performances against nationally ranked Maryland and Cornell teams.
McMahon, meanwhile, was a starter on defense for the last three seasons. He was a first-team All-Ivy selection this year after receiving second-team recognition as a junior in 2014. McMahon finished this season leading the Ivy League and third nationally in caused turnovers per game (2.15). He also had 22 ground balls, and picked up an assist against Villanova. McMahon also is one of 10 finalists for the Senior CLASS Award, which will be announced later this week and presented over Championship Weekend at Lincoln Financial Field here in Philadelphia.
Both players were also MLL draft picks prior to this season -- McMahon was drafted in the fifth round (35th overall) by the Ohio Machine, while McCallion was drafted in the seventh round (52nd overall) by the Denver Outlaws.
Penn finished the season with a 6-7 overall record, and tied for fourth in the Ivy League standings with a 3-3 conference mark -- the first time the program has had three straight seasons with at least three Ivy wins since 2006-08. The Quakers missed out on an Ivy League Tournament spot due to a tiebreaker.