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Matt McMahon

School

University of Pennsylvania

Position
Defense
Major
Wharton School of Business - Finance concentration

Classroom

McMahon has a 3.3 GPA and is a Wharton Undergraduate Finance Club member.

Character

The 2015 team captain, McMahon was an Eagle Scout through the Boy Scouts of America in high school. He now serves as a big brother to a young man named Will Drury, whome he has worked with since high school. Said McMahon: “Will was diagnosed with brain cancer when he was 2 or 3 and beat it just before his fifth birthday. He later struggled with some complications and had a stroke when he was 14. He was a huge fan of our football team, and I become very good friends with him that fall. He stuck with me all of senior year and was the honorary captain of our lacrosse team in the state championship game. Since then I’ve been a big brother to him, mentoring him as he graduated high school and then moved on to study at Mitchell College in Connecticut.”

Community

McMahon has participated in West Philly Young Quakers (WPYQ), a program through which each Penn player is paired with a student from a local elementary school for lacrosse practice and academic training. This is done once a week all year, including in-season. The WPYQ program began with men’s lacrosse at Penn a few years ago and has spread to other programs. McMahon was also Penn’s team rep when they did “Yards For Yeardley” over the 2014-15 winter break.

Competition

McMahon was a 2015 Preseason Inside Lacrosse Honorable Mention All-American. In 2014 he was an Honorable Mention All-Ivy selection. He started every game on defense as a sophomore and junior and played in every game as a freshman. Prior to the 2015 season, he had 36 career caused turnovers and 54 career ground balls. Penn went 11-4 last year (the most wins since 1988), won its first Ivy League Tournament title and advanced to the NCAA Championship first round as the No. 4 seed.