February 9, 2011

Bobby Thorp Earns Distinguished No. 8

from press release

RADNOR, Pa. – Sophomore attackman Bobby Thorp (Marlton, N.J./Cherokee HS) will wear the distinguished No. 8 jersey for the Cabrini men's lacrosse program in 2011, 11th-year head coach Steve Colfer announced. Thorp is the first player to don the number since it was designated following the 2010 campaign to honor former Cavalier and the program's all-time leader in points Casey Grugan (Ridley Park, Pa./Ridley HS).

"It's always exciting to start a new tradition, and so we decided instead of retiring No. 8, we wanted to honor the player who had so much success wearing it the last four seasons," Colfer said. "Casey Grugan had an outstanding career with us and he embodied all the characteristics we look for in any of the young men we recruit to Cabrini College. As a coaching staff, we felt Bobby Thorp shares many of those same characteristics and we believe he is an excellent choice to continue the No. 8 tradition."

Thorp will help headline the Cabrini frontline after a freshman season where he listed fifth on the team with 31 points on 21 goals and 10 assists. Thorp played in 19 games and made 16 starts en route to Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) Second Team accolades in 2010.

Grugan, a three-time USILA All-America selection and the program's first-ever first-team honoree, left behind a storied career at Cabrini. He is the program's all-time leader in career points (334), and ranks second all-time in career goals (206) and career assists (128).

Grugan also owns the program's single-season record for points (97) and assists (44). Last season, he broke the NCAA Division III record for most consecutive games scoring at least one goal (73).

Grugan is a three-time CSAC Player of the Year honoree and was named the conference's rookie of the year in 2007. Colfer announced at last year's senior student-athlete banquet that the No. 8 jersey will now be given to players the program deems capable of continuing its legacy.

The Cabrini men's lacrosse program begins its 2011 regular season at home on Saturday, Feb. 26 versus local rival Haverford College. Game time against the Black Squirrels is set for 1 p.m.

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