Matthew graduated from Corning East in 1994. He was a starting defenseman for the Trojans where in his 2 years had a 39-5 win loss record. He played for Western in the Empire Games as a senior. Also as a senior, The Trojans won a school record 22 games before losing to Garden City in the title game 13-7, Matt held Casey Powell to a single assist in the quarterfinal game of that run. His teams won 24 straight Section IV games and the defense he was a part of allowed on 5 goals per game his senior year. Matt also played 2 years of soccer and was All Conference as a senior. Matt graduated from the University of Delaware in 1998 where he played on the man down team as a freshman and started as a sophmore where he earned a spot on the All American East Conference team.