January 29, 2013

Syracuse's Galasso Out for Season with Injury; Will Have Surgery

by Corey McLaughlin | LaxMagazine.com | Twitter

Syracuse said Tuesday that North Carolina transfer Nicky Galasso will miss the 2013 season with "a lower-body injury that will require surgery."
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It turns out all the stipulations in Nicky Galasso's release from North Carolina — that he couldn't transfer to another ACC school or to an opponent on the Tar Heels' 2013 schedule without sitting out a year — won't matter.

Syracuse announced in a short press release Tuesday that Galasso, the highly-touted junior attackman transfer, will miss the 2013 season because of what the school termed "a lower-body injury that will require surgery." He didn't play in a pair of scrimmages at the Carrier Dome over the weekend.

Galasso officially joined Syracuse earlier in January after verbally committing to transfer there in October shortly after being granted his release from North Carolina. Injury also played a role in his transfer from the Tar Heels' program as he never fully recovered during his sophomore season from a broken foot suffered in November of 2011. Galasso grew unhappy with what he thought his role would be with the Tar Heels this season and said in October he wanted to go to a place where he could "make an impact."

He recorded 65 points (30 goals, 35 assists) in his two seasons with the Tar Heels, including 56 points (24 goals, 32 assists) as a rookie in 2011 on his way to ACC Freshman of the Year honors.

This fall while on break from North Carolina, Galasso and his father visited Fairfield and Syracuse and Galasso committed to the Orange before leaving the central New York campus.

"I wanted to come back and play for a big-time program," he said. "[Syracuse] is one of the most known, and probably one of better programs ever in college lacrosse."

Opposing Division I men's coaches expected Galasso, Long Island's all-time boys' high school points leader, to bring some juice to the Orange starting attack. "The addition of Nicky Galasso makes them dangerous on the attack," one told Lacrosse Magazine as part of the ongoing #LMranks preseason top 20 countdown.

Others weren't as sure of his impact. "How much does the addition of Galasso help?" another coach asked. "I think he gets viewed as a QB-type but is he consistently going to draw slides? That's an issue that this offense struggled with last year."

The Orange are ranked No. 12 in the preseason by Lacrosse Magazine. It opens the regular season Feb. 17 at home against Albany.

In its press release, Syracuse did not disclose the specific nature of the injury.

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