PISCATAWAY, NJ – Former Rutgers men’s lacrosse stars Nick Schmidt and Keith Cromwell have earned roster spots and will compete this upcoming season in Major League Lacrosse (MLL). Cromwell will suit up for the Philadelphia Barrage while Schmidt will make his professional debut with the New Jersey Pride.
Cromwell (1998-2001), a native of Hicksville, NY, graduated as Rutgers’ all-time leading scorer with 266 career points. He had a school-best 152 goals and 114 assists, which ranks third all-time. As a freshman in 1998, he scored 42 goals, and then netted 44 scores the following year, good for third place on the single-season list. He broke the school’s all-time scoring record with an assist in a 19-2 win over Albany on April 10, 2001.
Cromwell has also played three seasons of indoor lacrosse for the Philadelphia Wings. He has played in 46 games for the Wings, scoring 52 goals and dishing out 90 assists. He helped Philadelphia reach the 2001 playoffs and had two points in its series against Washington.
Entering his third season as a member of the Barrage, Cromwell finished the 2003 campaign as the squad’s third-leading scorer with 31 points (19 goals, 12 assists). Philadelphia opens its season on Saturday, May 22, against New Jersey at Villanova Stadium.
Schmidt (2000-2003) was signed as a free agent by the New Jersey Pride last month after concluding his career with Rutgers in 2003 as the squad’s fifth-leading scorer with 24 points (17 goals, seven assists). In a 12-11 overtime victory against No. 4 Syracuse last April, Schmidt had three goals. For his efforts, Schmidt was selected to play in the North/South All-Star game. He had 31 goals and 19 assists over his four years as a Scarlet Knight.
The Pride open their 2004 season on Saturday, May 22 at Philadelphia. The schedule is highlighted by five home games that will take place at Sprague Field on the campus of Montclair State University.