Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 9/19/10
From Press Releases
The Cabrini men’s lacrosse team began its fall practice last week in preparation for the 2011 season. In 2010, the Cavaliers captured the Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) title for the 10th straight year and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the ninth consecutive season.
“We’re just pushing the guys,” said 11th-year head coach Steve Colfer about fall practice. “The effort has been good. And, hopefully in the next three-and-a-half weeks, we are getting better in all of the areas.”
Colfer guided Cabrini to a 15-4 overall finish one year ago. The Cavaliers’ season ended with a 19-9 loss in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at No. 1 Stevenson University.
The Blue & White claimed the CSAC crown with a 20-3 victory against Gwynedd-Mercy College in the tournament final. Cabrini opened NCAA Tournament play with a 10-7 win at Edith Robb Dixon Field versus No. 15 Denison University.
Senior midfielder Paul Skulski (Garnet Valley) will lead the Cabrini attack in 2011. Skulski listed second on the team last year in points (58), goals (35) and assists (23). He was one of four Cavaliers – with Casey Grugan (Ridley), senior Steve Heaps and junior John McSorley (Ridley) – to receive USILA All-America distinction.
“We have three returning All-Americans in Heaps, McSorley and Skulski,” Colfer said. “That’s probably the first time in our program’s history that three All-Americans are returning.”
Cabrini and Colfer will be tasked with replacing Grugan on the attack line. The program’s first ever USILA First Team All-America selection, Grugan closed a brilliant career with the Cavaliers with a program-record 334 career points, listing fifth all-time in Division III history. Grugan also set the NCAA Division III record for consecutive games with at least one goal scored (73).
Cabrini will be on display Oct. 10 at Ridley High when it competes in the 4th annual Nick Colleluori Classic.
Cabrini begins the 2011 regular season at Edith Robb Dixon Field on Feb. 26 against local rival Haverford College. Game time against the Black Squirrels is set for 1 p.m.