Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 6/13/08
San Francisco Dragons midfielder Mike Podgajny, a Ridley High product and recent graduate of Notre Dame, was named Major League Lacrosse (MLL) Cascade Rookie of the Week.
Making his Major League Lacrosse debut, Podgajny scored the game-winning goal in the Dragons’ 15-14 overtime victory against the Chicago Machine on Saturday night. He converted a feed from Dragons captain Liam Banks just 49 seconds into the extrasession as the Dragons snapped a two-game losing streak.
Banks drew the Machine defense off their zone leaving Podgajny unattended at the crease. Taking one pump fake to move the keeper, Podgajny fired into the net giving the Dragons the win.
The seventh overall pick in the Collegiate Draft, Podgajny scored two goals with three assists in the victory and was also named as the Most Valuable Player of the Game.
Podgajny was a two-time honorable mention All-American at Notre Dame where he had 34 points (25 goals and 9 assists) his senior season, finishing his career with 68 goals and 36 assists in 53 games before being drafted in the MLL.
Podagjny also was an Academic All-American pick this year.
The 1-2 Dragons – coached by Springfield-Delco grad Tom Slate, a former assistant for the Philadelphia Barrage – are on the road against the Denver Outlaws (3-1) on Saturday, June 14. Game time is 7:00 PM MT.