Eight points shy of becoming just the third Cabrini men’s lacrosse player to reach the 200-point plateau, junior business administration major Casey Grugan looks to lead his team as far as possible in the post season, and try to capture a national championship.
“We have to play as a team and work hard throughout the season in order to make this dream reality,” Grugan said.
Grugan, who has been playing lacrosse since third grade for the Folsom boys club in Ridley, Pa., enjoys playing the sport because it is so fast-paced and full of contact. Grugan went on to play varsity lacrosse for all four years at Ridley High School in Pa.
“Since Casey was a little boy he always worked diligently on and off the field. Many of Casey’s good qualities are apparent when he plays lacrosse; he is determined, unselfish and a true team player-always working hard and doing what is best for the team,” his mother, Joyce Grugan, said.
“I knew I was going to play in college because so many people who graduated before me in high school went on to play in college and succeed as a student athlete. I really admired what they had done and knew it was something I wanted for myself,” Grugan said.
Coming off a successful 2008 lacrosse season, where he won numerous awards including Pennsylvania Athletic Conference Player of the Year and United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association All-America Third Team, Grugan was recently named to the Colonial States Athletic Conference Honor Roll for men’s lacrosse. He also has been named the Inside Lacrosse Division III National Player of the Week.
“He’s a phenomenal player that’s so fundamentally sound that you can learn a lot just by watching him play,” senior business administration major Kevin Fahey said.
Grugan extended the nation’s second longest-running point streak to 46 games with seven points on two goals and three assists when the men’s lacrosse team won their game at Centenary College 21-8 on Saturday, March 8.
“Casey is an extremely hard worker. He is a strong leader on and off the field which has made him well liked by all of his teammates and coaches,” head men’s lacrosse coach Stephen Colfer said.
“Grugan is always looking for ways to improve his game as well as the teams. He is always on the field practicing his shot and looking for ways to improve,” senior teammate Mike McFarlane said.
“Casey is having a great season so far but my belief is that the best is yet to come,” Colfer said.