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MLL draft: UVA’s Clausen (Hill School), Delaware’s Cahill, Cabrini’s Grugan (Ridley) are selected

Monday, 7th June 2010

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Pro  
 

Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 6/7/10
From Press Releases

Virginia defenseman Ken Clausen (Hill School), Delaware midfielder Martin Cahill and Cabrini attackman Casey Grugan (Ridley) were selected Sunday night in the Major League Lacrosse (MLL) entry draft.

Clause was the fifth overall selection by the Denver Outlaws, Cahill was the third pick in the second round and was the second player overall picked by the Chicago Machine while Grugan was selected in the 8th round by the Machine.

Clausen (of Downingtow), set the UVA career record for games played. Clausen started 70 games, every contest during his four-year career, and became the first player in program history to be named a three-time first-team All-American.

“I’ve always had great impressions of Denver,” Clausen said. “It’s always a place I’ve wanted to spend a little time. No matter whom you talk to, whether it’s indoor or outdoor lacrosse, I hear the fans are great. They are really supportive and I’m looking forward to that.”

A Tewaaraton Trophy finalist, Clausen recorded a ground ball in 68 of his 70 contests. In 2010 Virginia led the nation in groundballs per game with 37.17 and Clausen finished eighth in the nation in caused turnovers per game with a 2.06 average.

“I felt like he was a great athlete, really rangy and could also play long stick middie,” Outlaws head coach and general manager Brian Reese said. “He’s good at getting groundballs and really great between the lines. We really felt like he was the best defenseman in the draft.”

Cahill, who earned All-American honors after leading the Blue Hens to the NCAA Tournament this past spring, was selected with the ninth overall pick.

Cahill, from Malden, Mass. (The Governor’s Academy), will begin his pro career with the team later this month. The Machine is currently tied for first place in the six-team lead with a record of 3-1.

A four-year standout, Cahill earned first team All-Colonial Athletic Association for the third straight year this spring and was selected to the U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association All-American third team after ranking second on the Blue Hens with 34 goals while also dishing out three assists. He netted 92 goals for his career to rank No. 15 among Delaware’s all-time leaders.

Grugan, Cabrini’s all-time leader in career points, is the first Cavalier in program history to be drafted by an MLL franchise.

The lone Division III player selected, Grugan was chosen as the 43rd pick overall, and the first in the 8th and final round.

Grugan concluded his Cavaliers tenure with 334 career points, scoring 206 goals and tallying 128 assists. He owns Cabrini’s single-season record for points (97) and assists (44).

Grugan is a three-time U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) All-America selection, earning Cabrini’s first ever first-team nod in 2010. He claimed second-team distinction in 2009 and third-team honors in 2008.

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