Hailing from Oshawa, Ontario, Canada, Matthews grew up as a box lacrosse player. Like so many Canadians before him, the box game has taught Matthews how to protect the ball and catch the ball in tight pockets. It’s also no surprise Matthews led the Denver Pioneers in shots taken with 124, 40 more than the next guy on the team:
“The Canadian kids, from playing indoor box lacrosse, they developed these offensive skills, and to have those skills in a big-body guy is a huge advantage.”-Denver coach Bill Tierney
Matthews led the Pioneers in goals and points in 2011, scoring 44 goals and finishing with 66 points. Last week against Villanova, Matthews took 12 shots, scoring on three of them and assisiting on another.
The junior attackman has great hands, good vision and creates offense on his own. Just watch the highlight below of his goal from Sunday’s victory. He uses his size to his advantage and is such a strong guy he often will be seen backing his defenders down. Its almost like Matthews is a 6’4″ Cody Jamieson.