June 15, 2010

Rutgers Pennington Drafted by Chicago

from press release

– Former Rutgers men's lacrosse midfielder Justin Pennington (Flemington, N.J.) was selected by the Chicago Machine in the Major League Lacrosse Draft with the 25th overall selection in the fifth round Sunday night.

Pennington was one of eight former BIG EAST student-athletes selected in the draft. The Inside Lacrosse All-American Honorable Mention was one of seven players drafted by the Machine during the eight-round draft.

"I am super excited for the opportunity to play at the next level," said Pennington. "I think Chicago is a great team. They are off to a good start this year. I am excited to start traveling around with them and competing."

Pennington was named to the All-BIG EAST First Team after he finished the regular season ranked fourth in conference in points per game (2.71) and assists per game (1.07). The four-time BIG EAST Honor Roll selection notched multiple points in 12 of 14 games this season and registered a goal or assist in 23-straight games to end his RU career. He finished the season with a team-best 38 points and 15 assists and was second in goals with 23.

Pennington becomes the third former Scarlet Knight to be selected in the pro draft during head coach Jim Stagnitta's tenure. Former RU student-athlete Delby Powless was selected by the Buffalo Bandits with the first overall pick in the 2004 National Lacrosse League Draft. Last season, former Scarlet Knight Chris O'Dougherty was selected in the fourth round (31st overall) of the MLL draft by the Denver Outlaws.

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