Preseason honorable mention All-America by Faceoff Magazine/Inside Lacrosse ... named preseason honorable mention All-America at beginning of last season as well ... Patriot League "Defensive Player of the Year" in 2005 ... first team All-Patriot League ... returning big, strong defender with an intimidating presence on close defense ... always responsible for opposing team's top offensive threat ... has shut down the likes of Bucknell's Chris Cara, Hofstra's Chris Unterstein ... has formed 1-2 punch on defense with classmate Matt Bowerman over past two seasons ... both enter third year as starting defensemen for Black Knights ... cornerstone for what could be one of the best defenses in the Patriot League ... team leader on defense ... one of best defensemen in the country ... never leaves the field ... nothing he cannot accomplish on the lacrosse field ... strong in every facet of the game ... versatile individual ... can play the wing on faceoffs and has even been called upon to take a couple of draws ... will run the ball out of the defensive end on clears and join the offense ... very skilled at using the stick and extremely good at dodging ... certainly a scoring threat ... vital to Army's clearing game ... best defensive player Army has in transition ... takes very few penalties ... disciplined player who uses his feet very well in one-on-one marking skills ... two-year letterwinner.
2005: Started all 17 games ... Patriot League's "Defensive Player of the Year" ... first team all-league defense ... part of man-down defense that ranked 14th in the country ... finished fourth on the team with 36 ground balls ... scored one goal and picked up one assist ... goal against Air Force proved to be the game-winner ... held the nation's leading scorer in Bucknell's Chris Cara to just one goal and zero assists during regular-season meeting ... did not practice Wednesday or Thursday of that week, recovering from injury against Stony Brook that Tuesday evening ... yielded just two goals to Cara in Patriot League Tournament ... limited Hofstra's Chris Unterstein to just one assist ... held Rutgers' Leif Blomquist to two points (1G, 1A) ... has appeared in and started all 31 games in his collegiate career since missing freshman season with an injury.
2004: Started all 15 games on defense for the Black Knights ... second team All-Patriot League ... registered a career-high two goals and three points in regular-season finale opposite Duke ... picked up an assist in his first college game at Syracuse in Army's season opener ... registered an assist against Maryland in NCAA Tournament game ... scored first collegiate goal opposite Air Force in home opener ... registered a point in three of Army's first four contests ... posted a point against Penn, Lafayette, Lehigh and Bucknell ... scooped career-best nine ground balls in back-to-back contests against Yale and Lehigh ... finished third on the team in ground balls (61).
2003: Missed entire season due to injury.
Prior to West Point: High School All-American at Hicksville under head coach Chuck Arnone ... voted best defenseman on the USMA Prep squad two years ago ... all-county football player his senior year in high school and an all-conference selection in basketball ... member of Long Island squad at the Empire State Games.
Personal: Matthew Christopher Luyster ... born Jan. 16, 1983, in Plainview, N.Y. ... parents are John and Maureen Luyster ... brother Mike plays lacrosse at St. John's University ... majoring in Leadership and Management Studies.