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Matthew Carter
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Matthew Carter

Class:
Graduated

Hometown:
Princeton, N.J.

High School:
The Lawrenceville School

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 215

Position:
GK

Experience:
4V

CAREER: Saw action in 16 games and notched 97 saves over four seasons.

PEPPERDINE 2013: Appeared in seven matches for the Waves as a senior, making 30 saves ... Had 10 saves against #3 Pacific (9/22) ... Made the start against Pomona-Pitzer (10/12) in the SoCal Tournament and had nine saves en route to a 13-4 Pepperdine victory ... Entered in relief of starter Bence Valics against #1 Pacific and recorded two saves and one steal.

PEPPERDINE 2012: Redshirted ... A Pepperdine Scholar-Athlete.

PEPPERDINE 2011: Appeared in four games for the Waves in 2011, making 42 saves and tallying one steal ... Made 10 saves in a 16-7 victory over Bucknell (10/23) ... Entered in relief of starter Bence Valics at USC, keeping the Waves close and making seven saves ... Also had seven saves in 20-2 victory over Harvard (10/23) ... Had a season and career high 15 saves in 18-6 victory over Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (9/3).

PEPPERDINE 2010: Appeared in two games as a sophomore, totaling nine saves and a 8.00 GAA ... Made eight saves in 20-4 win vs. Occidental at the Inland Empire Tournament ... Also played in 21-4 victory over Fresno Pacific, making one stop.

PEPPERDINE 2009: Saw action in three games as a freshman and made 16 saves at goalie.

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from The Lawrenceville (N.J.) School in 2009 ... Played four years of varsity water polo ... Recipient of Hal Wilder Water Polo award in 2008 ... Selected to 2007 Eastern High School Championship All-Tournament team ... Two-time Cardinal Cup All-Tournament team ... Set school record for the highest vertical leap out of water ... Also lettered in swimming and rowing ... Recipient of the Semans Fellowship Award and Karl Wells Prize ... Won the Strength and Conditioning Hall of Fame award.

SOUTH AFRICA: Selected as the starting goalkeeper for the South African Junior National Team in 2009 ... Competed at the Junior World Championships in Croatia.

CLUB: Member of the Princeton Tiger Aquatics (U18) 2007-09 ... Played for Princeton Tigers (U20) in 2008 ... Played for Lawrenceville Stingrays (U15) in 2005 ... Member of the Northeast Zone Team (Cadet and Junior) from 2007-09 ... Selected for US Junior National Training Team at 2009 ODP Championships.

PERSONAL: Born in Johannesburg, South Africa ... Son of Roderick and Karen Carter ... Brother of Michael, Kirstin and Robyn ... Father played rugby at University of the Witwatersrand ... Majoring in sports medicine with a minor in non-profit management ... Career goals include becoming an M.D. and running a non-profit ... Has lived on three different continents ... Presented sports medicine research at the Experimental Biology 2011 Conference in Washington, D.C. ... Chose Pepperdine because "I really like the team and the school's philosophy of purpose and servitude" ... Participated in the undergraduate research program as a research assistant in circulatory physiology studies.

FAVORITES: Enjoys drawing, mixed martial arts, all sports, surfing and taking naps ... Lists his sports hero as Francois Pienaar ... Favorite pro athlete is Pierre Spies ... Favorite pro sports teams are the Vodacom Blue Bulls (rugby)... Favorite food is lamb ...Favorite TV show is How I Met Your Mother ...Favorite movie is The Good, the Bad and the Ugly ... Favorite sports other than water polo are rugby, cricket and bodysurfing ... Favorite thing about water polo is "the water adds an extra dimension that few other ball sports have ... it is your friend and your enemy."

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