PISCATAWAY, N.J. (August 13, 2014) –The 2014 Major League Lacrosse regular season wrapped up last week, with the playoffs beginning this weekend. Six former Rutgers lacrosse players appeared on professional rosters this season, along with one Scarlet Knight working as an associate head coach.
The Denver Outlaws earned the No. 2 seed for the playoffs, spurred on by Justin Pennington and Chris O’Dougherty. Pennington was a USILA Honorable Mention All-American for the Scarlet Knights in both 2008 and 2010 and played in the 2010 North/South Game. In his fifth professional season, the midfielder set a career high with 12 goals in 13 games as well as two assists and 12 ground balls. A 2009 graduate who was a USILA Honorable Mention All-American in 2007, O’Dougherty played 12 games on defense and collected 18 ground balls in his third season with the Outlaws. Denver will face New York at 5:30 on Saturday, Aug. 16 in the semifinals.
The Boston Cannons finished just short of the playoffs with a 6-8 record. The Cannons boasted two former Rutgers players this season, Brendan Porter and Will Mangan. The pair of Rutgers and Columbia High School graduates combined to play in six games this season for Boston. Porter, the recipient of the 2010 Knight Cup, made his MLL debut this season. Mangan, the 2012 BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year and 2010 USILA Honorable Mention All-American, scored 16 goals in his first two professional seasons prior to this year.
The third team to feature a former Scarlet Knight duo on its roster is the Florida Launch. 2011 USILA All-American Honorable Mention Chris Mattes played in 14 games for Florida, leading the team with 91 ground balls. Duncan Clancy, a letterwinner at Rutgers from 2010-13 who received the Al Twitchell Award (2010) for outstanding play by a freshman, is a collegiate inactive member of the Launch.
The final Scarlet Knight in MLL is Keith Cromwell, who is an Associate Head Coach for New York Lizards. Cromwell played at Rutgers from 1998-2001, was a three-time All-American, including First Team honors in 2001, and left Piscataway as the Scarlet Knights’ all-time leader in points (266) and goals (152). Cromwell, who played eight years in the MLL including winning MLL Rookie of the Year in 2001, will coach the Lizards against the Outlaws in Saturday’s semifinals.
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