Wagner Head Coach Matt Poskay Inducted into the NJLHOF

Staten Island, NY Wagner College head men's lacrosse coach Matt Poskay had the distinction of being inducted into the New Jersey Lacrosse Hall of Fame on Sunday, January 27, at the Mercer Oaks Golf Club in Princeton Junction, NJ.

Poskay is 29 years old, he was 28 when first told of his induction. There are countless people in all walks of life, in and out of the athletic arena, who are easily twice his age when they finally receive the call, when they 're told that the Hall of Fame of their chosen endeavor has come beckoning. His youth is one of the reasons why Poskay, on the verge of entering his second season as Wagner's head men's lacrosse coach, was as surprised as anyone when he got the call.

"It wasn't all that long ago that I was playing in New Jersey,'' Poskay said. "That makes it more humbling. It's been a lot of hard work and it's hard to look back on your career when you are still doing it. I always just worked on getting better and doing what I needed to do.''

In athletics, Hall of Fame inductees generally possess gray, or graying, hair, and the festivities often include long yarns spun about how the how high the inductees used to jump or how fast they ran. Poskay? Not only is he not retired from coaching, he still plays the game on a world-class level, maintaining his standing as one of the top offensive threats on the planet.

Despite his youth, Poskay has virtually done it all in the game of lacrosse and continues to do so. A professional player, a member of the US National Team pool, a two-time All-American and two-time national champion at Virginia, he has proven himself as an elite player at every level.

When the New Jersey Lacrosse Hall of Fame Committee assessed the nominees for this year's class, studying and comparing each of their merits, the people in the room could not get past the fact that an easy argument can be made that the Clark, NJ native is the single best high school lacrosse player, ever, from the state of New Jersey.

An unstoppable offensive force at Arthur L. Johnson Regional High School, Poskay's 362 career goals set a national record. A decade later, his record remains. How dominant was Poskay? Consider that he set the national record during his junior season of 2001. Every goal thereafter simply added to the mark. He also finished his stellar career with 468 career points, tops in state history.

It was during his record-setting playing career at Johnson when Poskay began garnering national attention, including this that appeared in Sports Illustrated (May 14, 2001) "Faces In the Crowd":

Matt Poskay, a junior attackman at Arthur L. Clark, became New Jersey's leading career boy scorer after he had six goals and three assists in a 19-5 defeat of North Hunterdon High. Matt, who had 250 goals and 77 assists as of Sunday, also broke the state career goals mark of 187 this year.

Poskay was also a dominant football and basketball team in high school. On the gridiron, he was a First-Team All-State quarterback as a senior and Second-Team choice his junior year, a prospect so gifted that he drew the attention of a host of high major football programs. In the winter, he was also the starting point guard for three years on the hardwood.

Following his 2002 high school graduation, Poskay went on to become a dominant midfielder at the University of Virginia, a two-time All-American, who led the Cavaliers to national titles in 2003 and 2006. He was selected in the second round of the 2006 Major Lacrosse League Draft by the Boston Cannons of the Major Lacrosse League (MLL) following his five-goal performance in the Cavaliers' NCAA title win over UMass.

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