PISCATAWAY, N.J. (May 19, 2014) – Seven former Rutgers lacrosse players appear in Major League Lacrosse, including six as players and one as an associate head coach. Chris O’Dougherty and Justin Pennington play for the Denver Outlaws, Will Mangan and Brendan Porter are members of the Boston Cannons, Duncan Clancy and Chris Mattes play for the Florida Launch and Keith Cromwell is the associate head coach of the New York Lizards.
O’Dougherty has played in two games this season, collecting five ground balls for the 4-0 Outlaws. The 2009 Rutgers graduate was a USILA Honorable Mention All-American in 2007 and participated in the 2009 North/South Game.
Pennington has seen action in all four games for the Outlaws, tallying five goals, one assist and five ground balls. Pennington was a two-time USILA Honorable Mention All-American (2008, 2010) at Rutgers and played in the 2010 North/South Game.
Mangan, a member of the 2-2 Cannons, has played in two games in 2014. The 2012 BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year was a USILA Honorable Mention All-American (2012) and a 2012 North/South Game participant.
Porter joins Mangan on the Cannons, but hasn’t seen action in 2014. He was a four-year letterwinner for the Scarlet Knights from 2007-2010. He received the 2010 Knight Cup.
Clancy is a collegiate inactive member of the Launch, which have compiled a 3-1 record this season. He was a four-year letterwinner for the Scarlet Knights from 2010-13 and received the Al Twitchell Award (2010) for outstanding play by a freshman. The Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, native was granted a medical redshirt from the NCAA as he missed much of his final two seasons at RU, and played his final year of eligibility at Jacksonville University, attending classes towards his master’s degree.
Mattes also plays for the Launch. He has played in all four games, going 48-of-100 at the face-off “X” and collecting 21 ground balls. As a member of the Scarlet Knights, Mattes received USILA Honorable Mention honors in 2011.
The Lizards hold a 2-2 record with Cromwell as their associate head coach. 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.
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