Gibson Makes Pro Debut
Named MLL Rookie of Week
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – Most members of Yale's class of 2012 were taking part in pre-graduation activities last week in preparation for today's commencement ceremonies. Matt Gibson (Point Lookout, N.Y.), the Bulldogs' leading scorer, chose to make his professional lacrosse debut over the social events on campus. His choice was justified when he scored a goal and had four assists in the Long Island Lizards' 10-9 win over Charlotte on Saturday.
Gibson's efforts earned him Cascade Rookie of the Week honors in Major League Lacrosse. A week after playing his last collegiate game, a first-round NCAA loss at Notre Dame, the Eli offensive catalyst was helping the Lizards to their first win in 2012.
"To play in the game, I had to miss a few days of senior week," said Gibson, who had 61 points this year. "I went home to practice Thursday and we flew as a team to Charlotte Friday night. Then we flew back Sunday morning. I only missed Thursday to Saturday, but it was worth it to play in my first MLL game."
The three-time All-Ivy and All-New England selection had to adjust to new rules, new teammates and an unusual style of play.
"Playing in the game was great. The different pro rules made it a little difficult, but I got that hang of it as the day went on. I really like the faster pace of the MLL, and it was awesome to play with so many talented guys. I'm not sure yet on my plans moving forward, but I'm going to do everything I can to try to play the rest of the season," said Gibson, who ranks among Yale's top 10 in career goals, assists and points.
His new coach was also impressed. "We could not be more excited about Matt stepping up and contributing right away," said Lizards' head coach Joe Spallina. "We look for him to be a factor in our offense each week."
filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director