By MLL Communications | 2/7/13 2:00 PM
Five Major League Lacrosse Stars will be inducted into the Long Island Metro Lacrosse Foundation (LIMLF) Hall of Fame on Friday, February 8, in Melville, New York.
Keith Cromwell, AJ Haugen, Jay Jalbert, Chris Massey and Doug Shanahan will be inducted for their significant contributions in promoting the sport of lacrosse throughout their illustrious careers.
“Throughout their careers these five athletes have been ambassadors of Major League Lacrosse both on and off the field,” MLL Commissioner David Gross said. “I would like to congratulate them on being inducted in the LIMLF Hall of Fame, yet another achievement to add to their many accolades.”
Cromwell is one of the last MLL originals having started his playing career in 2001. The inaugural MLL Rookie of the Year has played in every season so far appearing in 104 games and posting 284 points with 142 goals and 127 assists. The Rutgers product and Hicksville native won a championship in 2004 with the Philadelphia Barrage.
A member of the 2006 U.S. Lacrosse team, Haugen spent most of his career with the New York Lizards (formerly Long Island), helping them win the Inaugural 2001 Championship and another one in 2003. He finished his career with the New Jersey Pride appearing in a total of 72 games with 126 goals and 53 assists.
Jalbert also spent most of his career with the Lizards. The Huntington, NY, native was named 2003 MLL Most Valuable Player as he led his team to a championship that season. The five-time All Star (2001-2005) has been a strong advocate for lacrosse both on and off the field co-founding Xcelerate Lacrosse Camps in 2003 and Maverik Lacrosse in 2005. He finished his career having scored 143 goals and 59 assists in 64 games played but not before earning Best Midfielder honors as a member of the U.S. National Team during the 2006 FIL World Championship in London, Ontario.
After a phenomenal career at Princeton, where he helped his team to three consecutive NCAA Championships (1996-98), Massey went on to make an impact in MLL as well, winning a championship in 2003, alongside Haugen and Jalbert. He concluded his career in 2007 after appearing in 78 games, recording 113 goals and 31 assists.
Shanahan began his MLL career with the Bridgeport Barrage in 2003 and won a championship the following year when the team moved to Philadelphia. He was a member of the World Champion 2002 U.S. Lacrosse National Team and was invited to join again in 2006. So far he has racked up 107 points in 73 games played, most recently with New York where he appeared in four games recording one goal and one assist in 2012.
The Long Island Metropolitan Lacrosse Foundation is the Long Island and New York City Chapter of US Lacrosse. They are dedicated to promoting participation in the great sport of lacrosse throughout Long Island and New York City in a manner that promotes safety, quality, and the high standard of sportsmanship of the Native American game.
The LIMLF created and has run the Hall of Fame since its inception in 1985. It is one of the central functions of the LIMLF, to help protect and extend the heritage of lacrosse on Long Island and honor those individuals who have been most important in the development and continuity of the game of lacrosse. For more information visit www.limetrolax.org