May 12, 2006
Baltimore, Md. - This Saturday at 6 p.m., the Colorado Mammoth will take on the Buffalo Bandits in the National Lacrosse League Championship Game on ESPN2. The Mammoth, led by Loyola alum Gavin Prout, will play for their first franchise title in the indoor lacrosse league. InsideLacrosse.com's Jessica Bensley features Prout and Colorado on the site. Inside Lacrosse story
Gavin Prout was a two-time All-America at Loyola, earning third-team honors in 2000 before his first-team selection in 2001. A midfielder for the Greyhounds, Prout is one of 13 first-team All-Americas in Loyola lacrosse history.
Prout transferred to Loyola his junior season and in two years with the program amassed 78 goals. His senior year, he was one of 19 Tewaaraton Trophy nominees (given to the nation's top player). He also posted eight goals against Hobart his final year at Evergreen, tying the NCAA mark for most goals in a game that year.
As a professional, Prout helped the Baltimore Bayhawks win the Major League Lacrosse (outdoor) title in both 2002 and 2005. He began his indoor career as the No. 1 overall pick in the NLL entry draft by the New York Saints in 2001 and has spent the last two seasons in Colorado. This year, he leads the Mammoth with 93 points and for the first time in his career earned first-team All-Pro honors.
Playing alongside Prout is former Greyhound Jamie Hanford. The face-off Man of the Year in 1998, Hanford started every game of his college career at Loyola and earned All-America honors in three of those years. He was team MVP in both 1997 and 1998.
Hanford also plays in the MLL and will suit up for Boston this season. He also helped the Bayhawks capture the 2002 MLL title. In Colorado, Hanford has continued his face-off success and has led the NLL in that category the last four years, three of which were with the Mammoth.
Colarado has won seven of its last eight games, including West Division playoff wins over Calgary and Arizona. The team's only loss in the last two months came in Buffalo at the hands of the Bandits.