One reason why Ipswich’s Eric Galanis chose LeMoyne College was because almost every year the lacrosse program is a contender for a national championship. The Dolphins won NCAA Division 2 national titles in 2004, ‘06, ‘07 and did it again this year with Galanis helping to solidify the defense.
“Since I was a young kid I always wanted to win a national championship, and now I have one,” he said. “Every year our main goal is to play in the championship game and win; if we don’t get to the big game our season is a failure.”
Galanis saw his dream realized in his junior year and he isn’t the first in his family to do it. His father ,John “Bubba” Galanis, was a member of the 1973 national champion Notre Dame football team that defeated Alabama, 24-23 in a thriller. Ironically, his son’s team also pulled out a one point victory, upsetting top ranked Mercyhurst, 11-10 to win it all.
After an outstanding career for the Tigers, Bubba Galanis, an outstanding tackle/linebacker, was named First Team Parade High School All-American and received a four year football scholarship to play for the Fighting Irish where he was moved to defensive end. His son was following in his footsteps when injuries forced him to give up football in his sophomore year for the Tigers.
“When I was young I was involved in just about every sport, and started playing youth lacrosse when I was eight-years old,” he said. “I did football and wrestling in high school, but after suffering a couple of serious injuries I concentrated on lacrosse.”
Ted Flaherty, who has been involved in the Ipswich High football program for many years, felt Eric was headed for stardom until injuries forced him to stop playing. Flaherty said Eric always looked up to his father, and went through a tough time when he had to give football up.