Port Perry’s Matt Hossack has shown the eye of the tiger on the field as of late, picking up Liberty League tournament MVP honours over the weekend, leading the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) men's lacrosse team to a fourth consecutive conference championship, and an automatic berth into the NCAA Division III Tournament. As well, he was named 2015 Liberty League Defensive Player of the Year earlier this week.
Hossack submitted a sensational performance in the Tigers’ 25-14 win over Union in the championship game, on Sunday, May 3, scoring a career-high six goals, grabbing seven ground balls and causing three turnovers, while winning eight of 13 face-offs.
"Matt was all over the place for us today," said RIT head coach Jake Coon. "He was the best player on the field and very much deserving of the MVP.”
This season, the 21-year-old graduate of Port Perry H.S. has started all 18 games at long-stick midfield, leading the team with 43 caused turnovers and 91 ground balls. He has also chipped in offensively, currently sitting tenth on the team in scoring with 20 points (10 goals and 10 assists). The Tigers come into the tournament ranked first in the nation with a spotless 18-0 record, scoring 330 goals to lead the nation. For the second straight season, the Tigers went undefeated in regular season play.
RIT opened tournament play on Wednesday, May 6 at home against Morrisville State (11-5) in the first round at Tiger Stadium in Rochester.
In last season’s tournament, the Tigers defeated Union in the quarterfinals before falling to the eventual national champ-ion, Tufts in the semifinals. Overall, RIT has made five straight trips to the national quarterfinals, three trips to the national semifinals (2011, 2013, 2014) and ap-peared in its first champion-ship game in 2013.
In addition to competing with the Tigers, Hossack also competes in the summer with the Whitby Warriors Junior ‘A’ lacrosse team. In 2014, he was named a second team All-Star b.y the league.
As well, Hossack was an accomplished hockey player with the Port Perry Predators and Central Ontario Wolves. He was named team MVP in 2007, helping the PeeWee Predators win a Lakeshore League championship, as the team advanced to the OMHA semi-finals