PISCATAWAY, N.J. (Aug. 2, 2013) – Five former Rutgers lacrosse players appear in Major League Lacrosse, including four as players and one as an assistant coach. Will Mangan, Chris O’Dougherty and Justin Pennington play for the undefeated Denver Outlaws, while Chris Mattes represents RU as a member of the Charlotte Hounds. Former Scarlet Knight standout Keith Cromwell serves as an assistant coach for the New York Lizards.
The Outlaws, who hold a record of 12-0, have a three-game lead over the Hamilton Nationals with two games remaining before the playoffs. Denver has secured the No. 1 seed in the MLL Playoffs and the three Scarlet Knights on the roster have pitched in to the success this season.
Mangan, the 2012 Big East Midfielder of the Year, has seen action in nine games, posting seven goals and two assists while also scooping up eight ground balls. At Rutgers, Mangan was a USILA (United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association) Honorable Mention All-American (2012) and a 2012 North/South Game participant.
Pennington has played in all 12 games as a midfielder for the Outlaws, matching Mangan with seven goals and two assists, adding 33 ground balls. Pennington was a two-time USILA Honorable Mention All-American (2008, 2010) and played in the 2010 North/South Game.
O’Dougherty has made nine appearances as a defenseman for Denver, collecting 17 ground balls. The 2009 Rutgers graduate was an USILA Honorable Mention All-American in 2007 and played in the 2009 North/South Game.
The Hounds are currently tied for the final playoff spot in fourth place with a record of 5-6. Mattes has not seen action for Charlotte in 2013, but started the season with the Boston Cannons, playing in one contest. He received USILA Honorable Mention All-American honors in 2011.
The Lizards hold a 3-9 record this season with Cromwell as an assistant. One of Rutgers’ all-time greats, Cromwell was a three-time All-American, including USILA First Team honors as a senior in 2001. The 2001 North/South Game participant ranks first in Rutgers history with 266 career points and 152 career goals.
Four teams advance to the playoffs, which start on Aug. 24. The winners of the two games on Aug. 24 advance to the championship game on Aug. 25.
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