Inducted as a truly great player, Dougherty was a two-time, first-team All-American at the University of Maryland (1993-1996), earning the award in his junior and senior seasons. Dougherty was a two-time recipient of the USILA’s Ensign C. Markland Kelly Jr. Award as the nation’s top goalkeeper (1995, 1996) and was named the Lt. Raymond Enners Award winner as the nation’s outstanding player in 1995. In addition, he was MVP of the 1995 NCAA Championship after leading Maryland to a second place finish.
After college, Dougherty played nine professional seasons in Major League Lacrosse, from 2001-2009, and was an MLL All-Star six times. He was named the MLL’s Goalie of the Year three times, winning the honor in 2003, 2006 and 2007. Dougherty was selected as the goalie on the MLL's All-Decade Team in 2010.
On the international level, he won two FIL World Championships as a member of the U.S. Men’s National Team, capturing gold in 1998 and 2010. In addition to stints as an assistant coach at Haverford College and the University of Pennsylvania, Dougherty served as the head coach of the men's program at Chestnut Hill College for seven seasons, 2011-2017. He was previously inducted into the University of Maryland Athletics Hall of Fame in 2008.