If the names Piper Bond and Matt McMahon sound familiar solely based on their status as Quaker alumni, you might want to think again.
Sweet victory emerged for the Premier Lacrosse League Archers on Sunday evening — a victory that both Bond and McMahon just so happened to find themselves a part of. Tied 14-14 with 97 seconds to spare, the Archers scored the go-ahead point to secure their first championship in franchise history. The outcome of Sunday's championship is another honor for Bond and McMahon, both of whom already possess sterling reputations from their times with the Red and Blue.
Bond — 2023 alumnus and Baltimore native — had a short, but impressive career during his time as a Quaker. Although missing most of the 2020 and all of the 2021 seasons was a major setback for him, he nevertheless proved his worth during the 2022 and 2023 lacrosse campaigns.
In 2022, as captain, Bond was named First Team All-Ivy along with being named Third Team USILA All-America. Furthermore, he was mentioned honorably in Inside Lacrosse’s Media All-America publication and led the Quakers to an Ivy League Championship — a title already familiar to Bond after his brief appearance in Penn's Ivy championship win over Yale in 2019.
Bond’s following season was even more remarkable, as evident by the double number of honors that he received. In addition to repeating as being named to First Team All-Ivy along with receiving honorable mentions from USA Lacrosse and Inside Lacrosse, Bond was awarded the Class of 1915 Award for his exemplary efforts at promoting the University of Pennsylvania’s athletic spirits and traditions.
McMahon, a 2015 Wharton alumnus, had a full four-year career as a Quaker — reaching his peak in 2015 as team captain. That year, McMahon was one of the top 10 finalists for the Senior Class Award and received an Honorable Mention All-American distinction by the USILA.
His prowess on the field was further recognized with First-Team All-Ivy and Second-Team ECAC All-Star honors. Before the season started, McMahon was also singled out as an Inside Lacrosse Preseason All-American Honorable Mention. Beyond his on-field achievements, McMahon was also commended for his exceptional academic performance, receiving the USILA Scholar All-America award.
While Bond and McMahon were not as active on the field during Sunday’s championship game, it’s perfectly safe to assume that their mere presence at Subaru Stadium was still a contributing factor towards the Archers’ narrow 15-14 win over the Waterdogs. With many more seasons in the Premier League still ahead of them, this occurrence as a championship duo is likely the first step towards ever more legendary lacrosse careers.