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Eight goals in the second and third quarters power Penn State past the Paladins.
Ryan Keenan and Dan Craig score three each as Penn State takes down No. 1 Denver to capture the 2016 Patriot Cup
The team was selected following the tournament's championship game on Saturday
The Nittany Lions advanced to the first-ever Big Ten Men's Lacrosse Tournament after wins over Michigan and Rutgers
The Nittany Lions took Johns Hopkins to double overtime earlier this season
Started all 15 games for the Nittany Lions, finishing fourth on the team with 20 goals on the year … Scored at least one goal in all but two games this season, posting six multi-goal outings … Opened the year with a hat trick against Robert Morris (2/6), while also adding one assist for a season-high four points … Tallied two goals in the win at No. 18 Cornell (2/20) … Registered two goals and passed out one assist on the road at Furman (3/8) … Had one goal and a career-high three ground balls in the OT win against No. 8 Harvard (3/12) … Notched a pair of goals in the win against No. 1 Denver (3/26) … Scored a go-ahead goal at Ohio State (4/3) with 1:41 remaining in the fourth quarter to secure a 6-5 win … Posted two goals at No. 19 Rutgers (4/22) … Logged his fourth consecutive game with a goal in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals against top-seeded Maryland (5/5).
Was a Big Ten All-Tournament Team selection ... Started 10-of-12 contests, scoring 16 goals and dishing out eight assists for 24 points in the midfield ... Logged two five-point performances: a hat trick and two assists in his Nittany Lion debut against Vermont (2/7) and four goals and an assist against Penn (2/28) ... Two-of-three man-up goals, the second-most on the team, came against the Catamounts ... Had a hat trick in the program's first Big Ten win over Rutgers (4/19) ... Recorded two goals, one of which was during an EMO, and two assists in the Big Ten Tournament contest versus Johns Hopkins (4/30), taking a season-best nine shots ... Took 38 shots on the year ... Seven ground balls.
Appeared in five games for the Cavaliers, tallying a goal against VMI (2/19) ... Earned ground ball pickups against VMI (2/19) and Mount St. Mary’s (2/26) ... Made appearances against Drexel (2/16), Vermont (3/5) and Ohio State (3/16).
Played for the U.S. National U19 Team in the 2012 World Championships held in Turku, Finland ... Listed as the No. 60 recruit by Inside Lacrosse entering the 2013 season and No. 19 for incoming midfielders ... Two-time U.S. Lacrosse All-American ... Earned 2012 Under Armour All-America honors ... Named Under Armour Underclassman All-American in 2011 ... Earned three All-State selections, leading Kent Denver in total points sophomore, junior and senior years ... Lettered for four years in lacrosse and three in football as a quarterback and running back.
Born Matthew John Florence on June 8, 1993 in Evanston, Illinois … Parents are Megan and Tom Florence, who played lacrosse at Penn State (1981-85) as a goalie ... Has an older sister, Kelly, and a younger brother, TJ, who plays lacrosse at Roanoke College ... Majoring in communication arts and sciences with the intent to work in the sales field for an investment firm.