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June 27, 2013

Ipswich's Galanis wins national championship in lacrosse at LeMoyne

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“He was the best player on the field in freshman football,” said Flaherty, a friend of the family. “At middle linebacker he was big, strong, talented, and aggressive. I expected him to be a (high school) Hall of Fame player because he had that rare kind of talent. But at the start of his sophomore year he had a knee injury, and later a head injury so he had to stop playing. It was a pivotal time in his life.

“He turned all his energy to lacrosse, and I was amazed at how he was able to shift his focus from football to lacrosse. He went to a lot of camps and developed his skill. He is an amazing young man, who could have been a superstar at any Division 3 school, but wanted to play in a big program. He was determined to follow his dream to have a chance to win a national championship, and LeMoyne is also a great academic school so he couldn’t go wrong there.”

The Phins beat LIU Post, 9-8 in overtime in the first round of the NCAA tourney, and in the semifinals defeated Adelphi, one of two teams to beat them in the regular season, 16-13. That punched their ticket to Lincoln Financial Center in Philadelphia with the national title on the line. LeMoyne played on the same field where they won it all back in 2006.

The North No. 4 seeded Dolphins took on unbeaten Mercyhurst, ranked No. 1 in the South. LeMoyne (18-2) pulled off a stunning 11-10 upset to win its first championship in six years.

In his senior year at Ipswich High Galanis was named CAL Player of the Year for both the large and small divisions. At 6-foot-3, 235 pounds he is a force defensively and loves to break up scoring threats.

“I’ve played every position on the field,” said the marketing major, who received an academic scholarship. “I was a goalie, attackman, and midfielder. I think the experience at all the different positions has helped me a lot because you get to see the whole field.

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