January 8, 2013

Galasso Officially Joins Syracuse for Spring

"We're excited to see what he can do," Syracuse coach John Desko said of Nicky Galasso.
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from staff reports

Attackman Nicky Galasso, along with midfielder Brendan Conroy, have joined the Orange men's lacrosse team for the 2013 season, SU head coach John Desko announced in a press release Tuesday.

Galasso, a junior, transferred to Syracuse from North Carolina and has two years of eligibility remaining. Conroy played scholastically at St. Anthony's High School on Long Island. He is a freshman with four years of eligibility left.

The 2011 ACC Freshman of the Year, Galasso set North Carolina rookie records for points (56) and assists (32) on his way to USILA Third Team All-America honors two years ago. Last season, Galasso battled back from a foot injury to play in 13 games. He had six goals and three assists.

As a senior at West Islip High School, Galasso was widely considered the top recruit in his class. He set the Long Island scoring record with 500 points and led the Lions to four state titles. Galasso was named state championship game MVP twice and earned Under Armour All-America honors in 2010.

"We hope Nicky's success in high school and college will transfer over to his time here at Syracuse," Desko said. "Hopefully, he can pick up right where he left off. We're excited to see what he can do."

Galasso verbally committed to join Syracuse on Oct. 18 toward the end of a campus visit with his father. Galasso also visited Fairfield, but had his sights set on joining the Orange.

"Syracuse I knew was my No. 1," he said. "I wanted to come back and play for a big-time program. [Syracuse] is one of the most known, and probably one of better programs ever in college lacrosse."

Conroy is a faceoff specialist and helped St. Anthony's to a pair of Catholic High School Athletic Association (CHSAA) titles. As a senior, he won 83.3 percent (314-377) of his draws and picked up 160 ground balls. He also contributed five goals and 15 assists.

"Brendan was a very good high school player," Desko said. "One of our biggest needs is at the faceoff. He's a talented guy at that position. We're looking forward to seeing how he does in practice against our other faceoff guys and hopefully he can help us out at that spot."

Spring practice for the 2013 campaign is underway. The Orange opens the regular season on Sunday, Feb. 17 at home against Albany.


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