John G. McMahon
Team: Lacrosse

John G. McMahon '91
Year Inducted: 2012

In the storied annals of Brown men’s lacrosse, Jay McMahon stands out one of the best midfielders ever to play for the school. Leading the Bears to levels of success that have not been equaled, McMahon, a four-year starter, is the second all-time leading scorer among midfielders, tallying 132 points on 92 goals and 37 assists. He also ranks 10th all-time among all players in goals scored. 

"Having been around the Brown Lacrosse program for over 40 years now, I can say with no uncertainty that Jay is on a VERY short list of the finest players to have ever graced Stevenson Field,” said his Brown head coach Dom Starsia, who is now at the University of Virginia.   “He would be in the conversation of the top overall middies in the college game."

A high school All-American who captained the 1988 US Junior National team that won the World Junior Lacrosse Championship, McMahon impressed from the very beginning of his tenure in the Ivy League. Playing in 14 games as a freshman, he scored 17 points (7g, 10a) and was named Second Team All-Ivy, an honor that he would earn again as a sophomore. During the 1989 season he registered 26 points (21g, 5a) in 15 games, earning Honorable Mention All-American status and a berth on the All-New England First Team, in addition to the Ivy League nod. In 1990, he led a very successful Brown squad in face-offs, winning 67.5% of the battles he engaged in. He also contributed 44 points (31g, 13a) to the Bears’ offensive efforts, as they advanced through the NCAA tournament, losing to Syracuse in the quarterfinals. McMahon again earned Honorable Mention All-American status, All-New England First Team honors and a spot on the All-Ivy Second Team for his dominating performance. 

A tri-captain in 1991, McMahon was instrumental in leading the Bears through the most successful campaign in school history. Finishing the regular season with a record of 13-0 (6-0 in Ivy League play), the only undefeated team in Brown lacrosse history, the Bears claimed their first Ivy League title since 1986. Brown entered the NCAA tournament ranked second nationally, before losing to the Maryland Terrapins, 16-13. For the season, McMahon registered 42 points (33g, 9a) and won 52.4% of the face-offs. He was named First Team All-Ivy and First Team All-New England, and he was selected to play in the North-South Senior All-Star game. He was selected First Team All-American, one of just eight Bears in the history of men’s lacrosse to be honored with this distinction. McMahon’s career totals ranked him seventh all-time in goals (92) and 15th all-time in points (132) at the time of his graduation. 

A Biology concentrator at Brown, McMahon went on to graduate from Temple University’s School of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery, earning his certificate in Reconstructive Foot and Ankle Surgery. He is currently the owner, founder and managing member of a group practice in Virginia that focuses on sports-related injuries, diabetic limb salvage and pediatric foot and ankle disorders. He is also a member of the orthopedic department of Bon Secours Richmond Health System, as well as the section chief in reconstructive foot and ankle surgery at Bon Secours St. Francis Medical Center. He resides in Midlothia, Virginia, with his wife, Alison, and his two children, Alina and Luke.