CHATHAM, NJ - Chatham boys lacrosse co-captains Chris Conlin and Mac Bredahl ended the basketball season playing at Rutgers in the Group 3 state final. The two will return to Rutgers University on Wednesday to open the 2018 lacrosse season for the Cougars.

Chatham opens with a rare night game, a 7 p.m. matchup against Rumson-Fair Haven in Rutgers Stadium.

A year ago, the Cougars were 16-3 and lost to just two teams the entire season - Delbarton in the regular season and in the Morris County Tournament final - and to Ramapo in the state sectional final.

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Key returnees include Bredahl, who led the attack with 47 goals and 47 assists; senior goalie Ryan Ness, who allowed just 4.6 goals per game, and senior defender Conlin.

Chatham boys lacrosse captains Mac Bredahl and Chris Conlin were both starters on the basketball team that reached the Group 3 state final

Bredahl will be joined on the attack by senior Connor Byrd, who racked up 27 goals and 32 assists, senior Cade Krauss and junior Grant Webster.

The first middie line features seniors Ryan Chase, Max Schelling and Ryan Decker (16 goals, 21 assists). The second middle line consists of sophomores Aidan Decker, Dan Mahoney and senior Jack McLaughlin.

Ness anchors the defense in goal, and protecting him will be defenders Conlin, Harrison Shi, Jake Wingate, Luke Agnew and Colin Pierce. The defensive middies are seniors Jack Rooney and John Donohoe and long stick senior Chris Grosso.

Junior Colin Hart will handle the faceoffs.