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Cabrini College men’s team, ranked No. 12 in Division III, gears for 2010 opener on Feb. 24

Tuesday, 16th February 2010

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Posted 2/16/10
From Press Releases

The Cabrini College men’s lacrosse team, ranked No. 12 in the UILA Preseason poll released Monday, opens its regular season on Wednesday, Feb. 24 at Edith Robb Dixon Field versus Fairleigh Dickinson University (3:30 p.m.).

Cavaliers coach Steve Colfer begins his 10th season in the driver’s seat at Cabrini in 2010. Colfer owns a 123-33 career record and currently ranks second among active Division III coaches in winning percentage (.788). His Cavs have won the last nine Colonial States Athletic Conference titles.

Colfer will have the luxury of looking to one of the top Division III players in the country to orchestrate his offense in 2010. Senior attackman Casey Grugan (Ridley) begins his final campaign with the Blue & White ranked second in program history in points (237), goals (141) and assists (96).

Grugan was named a First Team All-America selection by Inside Lacrosse and was voted the Division III National Preseason Player of the Year in a fan poll conducted by Lacrosse Magazine. He has scored at least one goal in 54 straight games, tying a Division III record held by Washington College’ John Cheek for 33 years.

Grugan has also tallied at least one point in 57 straight games, the longest current streak among Division III players. He has been selected the CSAC Player of the Year the last two seasons.

Junior attackman Paul Skulski (Garnet Valley, junior defenseman Steve Heaps and junior longstick midfielder Anthony Mazza were also named All-Americans by Inside Lacrosse, earning honorable mention accolades.

Skulski, named to the CSAC First Team in 2009, is five points shy of becoming Cabrini’s 15th player all-time to record at least 100 career points. In 38 games played with the Blue & White, Skulski has posted 95 points on 51 goals and 44 assists.

Heaps and Mazza will anchor the Cabrini backline with sophomore defenseman John McSorley (Ridley). Heaps rejoins the Cavaliers after sitting out the 2009 season. He played in 34 career games from 2007-08 and totaled 47 groundballs. Mazza has appeared in 25 career games with the Blue & White and will share captain duties with Grugan in 2010.

McSorley, also a CSAC First Team honoree last season, notched 48 groundballs during his rookie season at Cabrini.

The Cavaliers begin their CSAC regular season schedule March 27 at home against Immaculata University (1 p.m.). Cabrini has won a nation’s-best 71 straight games against postseason opponents during the regular season. Including the postseason, the Cavaliers have won 88 consecutive in CSAC play.

Defending national champion Cortland owns the top spot in the USILA poll. Cabrini will meet three teams in the Top 10 in No. 3 Gettysburg College (3/17, 3:30 p.m.), No. 5 Roanoke College (3/6, 2 p.m.) and local-rival No. 10 Haverford College (2/27, 3 p.m.).



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