Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/25/10
From Press Releases and Staff Reports
Cabrini senior attackman Casey Grugan (Ridley) has earned U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association First Team All-America (USILA) distinction, the organization announced today.
Grugan headlines four Cavaliers to receive USILA All-America honors as junior defenseman Steve Heaps, junior midfielder Paul Skulski (Garnet Valley) and sophomore defenseman John McSorley (Ridley) also claimed honorable mention accolades.
Also from the Philadelphia area, Haverford College junior attackman Max Hjelm (Conestoga) was a third-team pick and Haverford’s Scott Gregory (midfielder) and Grant Firestone (defenseman) were honorable mention picks. Also, Ursinus College midfielder Jeff Ocampo, Goucher College midfielder Matt Lynch (La Salle), Ohio Wesleyan senior attackman Chaz Narwicz (Holy Ghost Prep) and Swarthmore goalie Kevin Friedenberg were honorable mention picks,
Grugan is Cabrini’s first USILA First Team All-American in program history and is now a three-time honoree, earning second-team laurels in 2009 and third-team recognition in 2008. He ranks first in Cavaliers’ program history and tied for fifth in the NCAA Division III recordbooks in career points (334).
Grugan also owns Cabrini’s single-season record for points (97) and assists (44), and lists second all-time in career goals (206) and career assists (128). He was thrice named the Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) Player of the Year and was selected a first-team all-conference performer four times.
Grugan recorded at least one point in the 76 straight games of his career, the longest active streak in the country among Division III players. He also scored at least one goal in an NCAA Division III-record 73 consecutive contests.
Grugan led the Cavaliers this season with 97 points, scoring 65 goals and handing out 32 assists. He notched at least two points in 18-of-19 games, including back-to-back nine-point efforts at Neumann University on April 17 and at Washington College on April 23.
Grugan registered a hat trick in all but three games during the 2010 campaign. He netted a season-best five goals on three different occasions. Grugan twice distributed a season-high five assists.
Grugan is also Cabrini’s first three-time USILA All-America selection. Former Cavaliers Jeff Moore (2006-09), Kevin Quinn (2004-07) and Scott Reimer (2006-09) each earned two USILA All-America nods.
Heaps returned to the Blue & White in 2010 after a one year hiatus last season, starting 19-of-19 contests at close defense. He listed second on the team with 63 groundballs, ranking tied for eighth on Cabrini’s single-season ledger. Heaps posted 14 caused turnovers.
Skulski complimented Grugan on the offensive end, recording a career-high 58 points on 35 goals and 23 assists. He became the Cavaliers’ 15th player all-time to eclipse the 100-point plateau in the team’s 9-8 loss at Haverford College on Feb. 27. Skulski totaled a season-best six points at Marywood University on April 29.
Skulski will begin his senior season in 2011 listed sixth in program history in career assists (67). He ranks seventh in career points (153) and tied for seventh in career goals (86).
McSorley helped Heaps anchor the Cavaliers’ backline, also starting each of Cabrini’s 19 outings at close defense. He caused a team-high 25 turnovers and listed third on the team with 49 groundballs. McSorley scooped a season-best six groundballs at Roanoke College on March 6.
The Cabrini men’s lacrosse team finished the 2010 season with a 15-4 overall record, winning the Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) crown for the 10th straight season and advancing to the NCAA Tournament for the ninth consecutive year.
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