8 Matt Colantonio
8 Matt Colantonio
Height: 6-0
Weight: 195
Year: Senior
Hometown: Garden City, NY
High School: Chaminade
Position: C
Bats/Throws: L/R

2010: Had a resurgent season at the plate, finishing third on the team with a .346 batting average while starting in every game as either the catcher or designated hitter … Named to the First Team All-Ivy … Set several career marks at the plate, including four home runs, two triples, 33 runs scored, and 30 RBI’s … Also added six doubles, pushing his slugging percentage to .487 for the season … Led the team in walks by a wide margin, drawing 35 free passes, and had a team-high .467 on base percentage … Stole five bases in seven attempts.

2009: Started a career-high 41 games, while appearing in all but one of Brown’s contests … Batted .246, but drew a team-high 21 walks to push his on base percentage to a solid .356 … Of his 34 hits, five were doubles, with one home run … Also showed off good speed for a catcher, stealing two bases in three attempts … Third on the team in fielding percentage among regulars, making just four errors in 253 attempts for a .984 percentage.

2008: Played in 42 games, with 39 starts ... Was second on the team with a .368 batting average, the best of any returning player ... Displayed terrific plate discipline, leading the team with 25 walks to push his on base percentage to a team-high .482 ... Had a .426 slugging percentage, as he knocked in eight doubles ... Also recorded 25 RBI's ... Equally impressive in the field, notching 251 put outs and 25 assists, while making only four errors.

Before Brown: Graduate of Chaminade High School in Mineola, N.Y. ... Lettered in baseball for four years, playing catcher, first base, and third base ... Was captain and MVP of Chaminade his senior year, and was named All-County, All-League, a Long Island All-Star and Academic All-League ... Led Chaminade to a CHSAA League Championship, with team highs in obp (.685) and RBI's (26) ... Led all league catchers in fielding percentage (.994) and percentage of base stealers thrown out (96.7%) ... Was team captain for 2006 Junior Olympics team ... Puma Pre-season All-American in 2006 and 2007 ... Team One East Top 10 Prospect in 2006 ... Perfect Game Northeast All-Star and Top Prospect in 2006 ... Led Long Island Titans club team to Metro League and FABL Championships ... Also lettered in football for three years, playing middle linebacker and placekicking, and in basketball for one year as a guard ... National Honor Society member ... Recipient of numerous scholarship awards ... RVC Citizenship Award winner ... Jump Start Foundation, Inc., president and three-year ambassador ... Nassau County Executive Youth Council ... Long Island Good Deeds Award winner.

Personal: Matthew Anthony Colantonio is the son of Anthony and Elizabeth Colantonio of Garden City, New York ... Has two siblings, Christina and Daniel ... Is a certified life guard ... Enjoys snowboarding, music, the beach, and dodgeball.