Brian Dougherty goes into the Eastern PA Lacrosse Hall of Fame as a “truly great player”. This point was driven home earlier this year when he was selected as Major League Lacrosse’s (MLL) “Goalie of the Decade”.
Ever since he began playing in middle school at Episcopal Academy and for Ashbee Lacrosse, Brian’s superior play between the pipes has led to many accolades. During his four year run (1989-92) with Episcopal’s varsity team, he led the Churchman to the 1991 PA Scholastic Lacrosse Association Championship and PSLA runner-up in ’89, ’90 & ‘92. He was a High School All-American selection in ’91 & ‘92.
Brian went on to play at the University of Maryland (1993-1996) where he was the starting goalie for all four seasons. The peak of his college career came in Brian’s junior year when his phenomenal play in the semifinal round of 1995 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse playoffs led the Terps to a stunning upset victory over a highly favored first seed Johns Hopkins team. Brian’s stellar play led to his selection as Division 1 First Team All American in both the 1995 and 1996 seasons and selection to the South roster for the 1996 North-South Senior All Star Game.
After college Brian added to his resume of playing excellence in both international play and professional lacrosse. As a member of the US Men’s Team in 1998 and 2010, his play was a big factor leading to USA World Championships in both years. As a professional, playing for four different teams in MLL over ten years, he was an MLL All Star six times, “Goaltender of the Year” three times, and led the Long Island Lizards to the 2003 MLL Championship and the Philadelphia Barrage to back-to-back championships in 2005 and 2006.
Now that Brian has established himself as a legendary player, he continues his career in lacrosse as a coach. After assistant coaching stops at Haverford College and the University of Pennsylvania, Brian was named as the Head Coach of Men’s Lacrosse at Chestnut Hill College this past September.