February 6, 2012

Abbott Joins Colgate as Volunteer Assistant

from press release

HAMILTON, N.Y. – Colgate men's lacrosse head coach Mike Murphy has announced the addition of Matt Abbott to the coaching staff as a volunteer assistant coach.

Matt currently plays Major League Lacrosse with the Chesapeake Bayhawks.

"I am very excited that Matt has joined our staff," stated Murphy. "We spent four years trying to defend him at my last job so it's nice to have him on our side now. Matt is still a great player in his own right and he has a great demeanor with our players, so I know he will really help our players get better. My hope is that he will help our midfielders reach their full potential."

Former Syracuse men's lacrosse standout and brother of assistant coach Mike Abbott, Matt was a four-year member of the Syracuse men's lacrosse team during which he won back-to-back national championships in 2008 and 2009. As a co-captain his senior year, Matt was named to the USILA All-America First Team, the NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team, was a USILA Scholar All-American, and a finalist for both the Tewaaraton Trophy and Lowe's Senior CLASS Award.

After a successful senior season at Syracuse, Matt was selected ninth overall by the Chesapeake Bayhawks in the 2009 MLL Collegiate Draft. In three seasons with the Bayhawks, Matt has played in 23 games, recording 10 goals and 10 assists for 20 points while also collecting a total of 65 groundballs. He was also named to the 2009 U.S. Men's Lacrosse Training Team and was selected to play in the 2010 and 2011 MLL All-Star Games.

"It's nice to have another set of eyes evaluating and educating our student-athletes," Murphy said. "I could not be more excited to have completed our staff with such a fine young man."

Matt holds a master's degree in finance and a bachelor's degree in finance and accounting both from Syracuse University. He completed his first degree in 2009 and his second in May, 2010. He is also currently an investment advisor at Armory Capital Management in Syracuse, N.Y.


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