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Cabrini’s Grugan (Ridley) is one of four vying for Lacrosse Magazine’s online poll for D3 Preseason Player of the Year

Monday, 5th January 2009

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, posted 12/5/09
From Press Releases

Cabrini College senior attackman Casey Grugan (Ridley) is one of four Division III players nominated for Lacrosse Magazine’s Division III Preseason Player of the Year honor. Grugan joins Tufts University’s D.J. Hessler, Stevenson University’s Steve Kazimer and Washington and Lee University’s Will Keigler on the ballot.

Click here to cast your vote for Lacrosse Magazine’s Division III Preseason Player of the Year. Player of the Year polls also appear for all levels of men’s and women’s play. These polls will be removed Monday, Dec. 7 at 4 p.m., with the results to be published in January’s LM.

In 2009, Grugan set Cabrini single-season records for points (96) and assists (44). He was second on the team with 52 goals. Grugan will begin his senior season owning the nation’s longest consecutive points streak (57 games) and goals streak (54 games). The latter is currently tied with an NCAA Division III record held by Washington College’s John Cheek for 32 years.

Grugan is a two-time USILA All-America selection, earning second-team honors last season. The two-time reigning Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) Player of the Year, he received USILA All-America Third Team accolades in 2008.

Grugan lists second all-time on the Cavaliers points (237), goals (141) and assists (96) career lists. He is just one of three Cabrini players all-time, joining Athletic Hall of Fame honoree Tom Lemieux and 2009 graduate Scott Reimer, to eclipse the 200-point and 100-goal plateaus.

In May 2009, Grugan was profiled by Sports Illustrated. He was highlighted in the premiere sports publication’s “Faces In The Crowd” section.

Cabrini captured its ninth consecutive CSAC title under head coach Steve Colfer in 2009. The Cavaliers have advanced to eight consecutive NCAA Tournaments. The Blue & White opens the 2010 season February 24 at home versus Fairleigh Dickinson University at 3:30 p.m.

Player of Year Candidates (As appears in Lacrosse Magazine)

Casey Grugan, Cabrini College

Year: Senior

Position: Attack

2009 Stats: 52g, 44a

The diminutive (5-foot-8) Grugan netted 52 goals and dished out 44 assists for the 15-4 Cavaliers en route to a second team All-American campaign. He has scored a goal in 54 straight games, matching a 32-year-old record set by Washington College’s John Cheek in 1977.

D.J. Hessler, Tufts

Year: Junior

Position: Attack

2009 Stats: 42g, 47a

Hessler had a monster sophomore season for the 13-5 Jumbos, setting program marks for points and assists – good enough to make second team All-America.

Steve Kazimer, Stevenson

Year: Senior

Position: Attack

2009 Stats: 33g, 36a

Attack cohort and fellow first-team All-American Jimmy Dailey had offseason shoulder surgery, the recovery from which could equate to more touches early for Kazimer, a balanced playmaker for the national semifinalists.

Will Keigler, Washington and Lee

Year: Senior

Position: Attack

2009 Stats: 42g, 36a

Keigler’s steady progression, including an honorable mention All-American campaign in 2009, when he led the 16-4 Generals, projects for an impressive 2010.

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