Bucknell Men's Lacrosse BIO
77 Matt Gilray
2018 (Senior): Team captain ... named to the All-Patriot League Second Team for the third-straight year ... started Bucknell's final 10 games at close defense after starting the year as a long-stick midfielder ... registered 28 ground balls and 13 caused turnovers ... collected multiple ground balls in eight games, including the first five of the season ... topped out at five at Bryant ... caused multiple turnovers in three games, topping out at three against Lehigh ... named the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week on 3/26 after holding three-time Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year and 2018 All-American Pat Spencer to three points (1G, 2A) in Bucknell's upset at No. 6 Loyola ... selected in the fifth round, 44th overall, by the Denver Outlaws in the Major League Lacrosse Draft.
2017 (Junior): Team captain ... Second Team All-Patriot League selection for the second year in a row ... starter in every game either at close defense or long-stick defensive midfield ... 48 ground balls were second-most on the team, trailing only faceoff man Jarett Witzal, and ranked 12th in the Patriot League ... led the squad with 17 caused turnovers ... recorded career-high 10 ground balls vs. Fairfield ... also had season-high four caused turnovers in that game ... seven ground balls and three caused turnovers at Lehigh ... scored a goal in a league win at Boston University and recorded an assist against Holy Cross ... member of Patriot League Academic Honor Roll.
2016 (Sophomore): Continued his development into one of the best defenders in the Patriot League ... earned Second Team All-Patriot League honors ... played in 13 of the team's 15 games, missing two due to injury ... began the year playing defensive midfield (both short and long-stick), but started the final three games of the season at close defense ... recorded four goals and four assists, including a highlight-reel coast-to-coast goal against Lehigh ... tallied three assists in a season-opening win over Delaware ... had a goal and an assist one game later against Bryant, and then in the game after that scored two more goals against Fairfield ... ranked third on the team with 44 ground balls, with a high of nine against Colgate ... had 26 ground balls in the first four games of the season ... caused 12 turnovers, with a high of three against Colgate and Mount St. Mary's ... was terrific down the stretch after converting to close defense, shutting down two of the league's top scorers in Lehigh's Reid Weber and Loyola's Pat Spencer ... ranked 13th in the Patriot League in ground balls per game ... member of Patriot League Academic Honor Roll.
2015 (Freshman): Played in 12 games, missing three due to injury, and was a key member of the long-stick defensive midfield rotation ... pocketed 29 ground balls, second-most on the team ... had a huge game in the OT win over No. 16 Loyola, collecting seven ground balls and two caused turnovers ... had four GBs each against Delaware, Mount St. Mary's, Lafayette and Colgate.
Before Bucknell: Inside Lacrosse No. 82 on list of top 100 recruits … lettered four times in lacrosse and three times in hockey at Brewster Academy in New Hampshire … captain of the lacrosse team as a senior … 2014 All-America selection … part of three NNELL championship teams … in 2014 recorded 10 goals, 16 assists and 129 ground balls … 26 points were a school record for a defenseman … played club lacrosse for Edge Lacrosse and NESLL … all-star pick at Canadian Nationals and 2011 Ontario Defenseman of the Year.
Personal: Born May 11, 1995 in Oshawa, Ontario … parents are Paul and Pat Gilray … has one older brother, Josh … majoring in history.
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