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May 31, 2012
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Attackman Matthew Mackrides (Newtown Square, Pa.) of the Penn State men's lacrosse team has been named a United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Scholar All-American, the organization announced.
The Newtown Square, Pa., native became the sixth Nittany Lion to earn Scholar All-America status and the first since his brother, Andrew, was honored in 2008. Following a standout senior season, Mackrides has received All-America honors three times. He was also tabbed a USILA All-America Honorable Mention and a Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Second-Team All-American earlier this offseason.
In 2012, the three-time All-CAA First Team member led the team with 30 goals and four man-up markers, while tying for the team lead in points (42). The senior tri-captain recorded at least one point in each game and notched five straight hat tricks from March 31-April 28. He scored his 100th career goal in his final game in a Penn State uniform, becoming just the fifth Nittany Lion in program history to reach the century mark.
The Lowe's Senior CLASS Award finalist concluded his four-year career as one of the most prolific scorers in Penn State history. The attackman led his team in goals during his final three seasons and notched 101 career goals, good for a tie for fourth on the program's all-time list. He also added 43 career assists for 144 points, which rank sixth in school history.
Mackrides graduated in May with a degree in communication arts and sciences. He was also member of the University's Student-Athlete Advisory Board and was inducted into the Spiritus Leoninus Honor Society, which recognizes student-athletes for outstanding performance in athletics, academics, leadership and community service.
In 1989, the USILA Scholar All-America Program was established to recognize student-athletes from USILA member institutions who have distinguished themselves academically, athletically and as citizens of their communities. The USILA Selection Committee selects an overall team representing Division I, II and III.