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June 27, 2013

Ipswich's Galanis wins national championship in lacrosse at LeMoyne

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“I love defense because it’s fun stopping people from scoring, and my size definitely helps. I was the fourth defenseman this season, but I hope to move up next year. It’s tough to come right in and play a lot at a school like LeMoyne. You have to work your way up. I made the team as a freshman, and each year I’ve seen more action.”

The big win was the 10th in a row for the Dolphins, who played in the national championship game seven of the last 10 years. Galanis said they will miss goalie Jeff White, who was named the Most Outstanding Player of the championship game after making 13 saves, but several key players are returning.

“There are a lot coming back next year from my class so hopefully we’ll make it back to the championship game again,” said Galanis. “I love the school and am so glad I’m playing for such a great program. Back in high school trying to decide on college I checked out lots of highlight films of Division 1 and 2 teams. It came down to LeMoyne and Seton Hall.”

There was a big party for the team at the college, and the squad was honored at the Syracuse City Hall.

“I was already back home because exams were over by then, and those events took place a week or two after we won,” said Galanis, who received an academic scholarship to LeMoyne. Players that were from the area represented the whole team.”

While the season, is over Galanis will do everything he can this summer to stay sharp by playing in a summer league at Endicott and going to a few tournaments.

“I’ll have a summer job and workout regularly to stay in shape,” he said. “At this level lacrosse is a year round commitment, and when I go back to college fall ball will begin right away. After that we will have winter workouts. My class will have a leadership role as seniors, and try to help the younger kids make the adjustment. It would be great to finish with another national championship.”

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