Justin Famiglietti just wanted to renew old friendships and play a little lacrosse at the annual Peabody High alumni game last summer. But the event turned into something much bigger for the former Tanner star goalie. He learned about a terrific opportunity both educationally and athletically after talking to fellow former Tanner Bryan Seaman.
Seaman, former Mount Ida College captain and Bishop Fenwick assistant coach, had just accepted a graduate assistant coaching position at Indiana Tech. He asked Famiglietti if he was interested in playing, and since he still had two years of eligibility remaining it was the perfect fit.
“Bryan told me he would help me, and that I could possibly end up playing for a national championship,” said Famiglietti, who had a terrific season and was named first team Warrior Hoosier Athletic Conference all-star and Newcomer of the Year.
“I really enjoyed going out there; everything Bryan promised me was true and then some. I had a chance to see part of the country I have never been to, and play some very competitive lacrosse. The league we’re in is called club lacrosse, but at Indiana we are considered a varsity sport.”
Famiglietti, who played two years at Mount Ida, received a scholarship, and wound up leading the Warriors to the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association National Championship in Greenville, South Carolina. After sporting a 9-7 regular season record the team made its first trip to nationals.
They were ranked No. 10 at the MCLA nationals after overcoming a bad start (1-5) to make a strong second half 8-2 surge. Indiana Tech swept their Central Collegiate Lacrosse Association West Division opponents to advance to the league tournament.
After posting two wins the Warriors lost the championship game to Grand Valley State in overtime, but received an at-large bid to nationals. They opened with a stunning upset win over No. 7 seed Palm Beach Atlantic before losing to No. 2 Westminster in the quarterfinals. Famiglietti had a monster game with 17 saves in the loss.