CEDAR GROVE, NJ - As Cedar Grove High School lacrosse readies for its first varsity season, their coaches offered some inspiration by asking professional lacrosse player and All-American to come speak to them on Sunday.
Matt McMahon is a 2011 graduate of Glen Ridge High School, a 2015 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and a member of Major League Lacrosse's Ohio Machine.
McMahon spoke to members of the CGHS varsity and junior varsity girls and boys lacrosse teams about setting high goals, facing up to challenges and putting in the hard work necessary to succeed.
He explained to the players that lacrosse was not only a sport he loves but also a tool he used to help him to excel in school and in life.
"You take a situation that's too big for you and then eventually you chip away at it and by the end of it you fit in just like everybody else. That's how life works. That's how any challenge works," McMahon said. "That was the biggest lesson I learned from lacrosse -- to take a shot at something that you're not sure if you're capable of because that's the only way you're really going to excel."