Army's hardest hitting defenseman ... very intimidating force on the lacrosse field ... all-league candidate ... moves well and possesses excellent stick skills for a big man ... cracked Army's starting lineup sophomore season and has been a mainstay at close defense since ... has formed 1-2 punch on defense with classmate Matt Luyster ... important member of Army's defense ... excellent size and reach ... ferocious, aggressive defenseman ... one of Patriot League's top close defensemen ... missed last five games of 2005 with an injury ... very experienced as a three-year starter for the Black Knights ... three-year letterwinner.
2005: Started first 12 games on defense before succumbing to an injury at Holy Cross ... scooped 12 ground balls ... usually marked opposition's No. 2 option offensively ... his injury left a void in Army's defense ... part of defensive unit that allowed 10 goals or more only once in Black Knights' first 10 contests.
2004: Started all 15 games on defense ... gained starting role after playing man-down defense a year ago ... scooped a career-high four ground balls in a single game against Colgate ... took one shot on goal ... did not register a point ... scooped a season-high 19 ground balls.
2003: Appeared in 14 games ... scooped five ground balls ... credited with two grounders against Hofstra ... played significant role in man down defense in Army's win at Hobart ... helped hold Statesmen to just 2-for-8 on extra-man opportunities ... made collegiate debut against No. 1 Syracuse in Army's season opener.
Prior to West Point: Super Prep magazine All-American honorable mention at Victor H.S. ... starred in both football and lacrosse, earning the school's Barney Lynaugh Male Athlete of the Year award ... captained the lacrosse team his junior and senior seasons ... voted lacrosse team's MVP and was an All-Section V Tournament selection his senior year ... participated in the Empire State Games ... U.S. Army Reserve National Scholar-Athlete ... NYSPHSAA Scholar-Athlete ... George Miller Scholarship award winner.
Personal: Matthew William Bowerman ... born Aug. 13, 1983, in Rochester, N.Y. ... parents are William and Donna Bowerman ... paternal grandfather served in U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II ... maternal grandfather served in U.S. Army during Korean War ... father William played football in the NFL for the Detroit Lions ... father also played in the Canadian Football League ... majoring in American Legal System.