PHILADELPHIA – The United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) has announced its 2015 Scholar All-America recipients in men’s lacrosse, and the University of Pennsylvania is represented by senior defenseman Matt McMahon. He is one of just 127 student-athletes chosen across all three NCAA divisions.
McMahon is the 11th Penn player to be recognized as a USILA Scholar All-America, and the sixth under current head coach Mike Murphy (five in the last three years alone).
Nominated by his coach, a Scholar All-America candidate must be a senior in academic standing who holds a cumulative grade-point average of at least a 3.0. He must also be an All-America player, a member of the North/South All-Star Games teams, or an outstanding player in his league. The candidate also will have behaved in a manner that has brought credit to himself, his institution, and to college lacrosse both on and off the field.
A starter on defense for the last three seasons, McMahon was a first-team All-Ivy selection this year after receiving second-team recognition as a junior in 2014. He finished this season leading the Ivy League and third nationally in caused turnovers per game (2.15). One of this year’s co-captains, McMahon 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.
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.
Download: 2015 Scholar AA list.pdf