Matt Vinc Lacrosse Biography
Matt has been a life long resident of St. Catharines. A graduate of Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School in 2001, Matt attended Canisius College in Buffalo and graduated in 2005 with a degree in the Concurrent Education and Bachelor of Science Program. He presently teaches Physical Education and Science at Denis Morris Catholic High School.
Individual and team awards earned at various levels throughout his lacrosse career include:
Ontario Junior “A” Lacrosse League – St. Catharines Athletics
2000, 2001 & 2002
The Dean McLeod Trophy for the Most Valuable Player in Junior “A” play offs. 2000 was shared with Brandon Miller of Orangeville and 2002 with Johnny McLelland of Toronto Beaches.
2001, 2002 & 2003
The Robert Melville Memorial Trophy for the Most Outstanding Goaltenders in Junior “A”. Over those years, he shared the award with: Nick Smith; Ryan Monaghan; Mike Attwood; and Dan Sams.
Minto Cup Most Valuable Player.
The Green Gaels Trophy/Dennis MacIntosh Award Most Valuable Player in Junior “A”.
The E.W. Billy Evans Award for the Most Outstanding Graduating Player in Junior “A”.
Iroquois Cup (Ontario Junior “A” championship)
Minto Cup (Canadian Junior “A” championship)
Canisius College – National College Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I
Played defense in fifty-two (52) games.
2004 & 2005
Selected to All Mid Atlantic Athletic Conference (MACC) second team for defense.
Canisius College Male Athlete of the Year.
Inducted into Canisius College Hall of Fame.
Ontario Federation of Secondary Schools (OFSSA) Boys’ Field Lacrosse
Played four (4) years for Holy Cross Catholic High School and the team’s OFSSA results were as follows:
Major Series Lacrosse (MSL) Senior “A”
2011, 2016 – 2018
The Harry Lumley Trophy for goaltenders in MSL with the fewest goals against. 2011 was with Six Nations and was shared with Mike Poulin. 2016 through to 2018 was in Peterborough and was shared with Evan Kirk.
Mann Cup (Canadian Senior “A” championship)
National Lacrosse League (NLL)
Sixth (6th.) overall pick by San Jose Stealth.
NLL Goaltender of the Year with Orlando Titans.
2011, ‘13 – ‘15 & ’18
NLL Goaltender of the Year with Rochester Knighthawks.
NLL Goaltender of the Year with Buffalo Bandits.
NLL champions with Rochester Knighthawks.
2006 & 2014
Played defense and contributed to the gold medals in the World Field Lacrosse Championship in London Ontario and Denver Colorado.
Played defense and contributed to the silver medal in the World Field Lacrosse Championship in Manchester United Kingdom.
2011 & 2015
Played goal and contributed to the gold medals in the World Indoor Lacrosse Championship in Prague Czech Republic and Onondaga Nation New York.
All World Team both years.
City of St. Catharines
2000 – 2009
St. Catharines lacrosse player of the decade.
St. Catharines Athlete of the Year.