North Carolina announced today that Nicky Galasso, attackman from West Islip, New York, was granted a release to explore transfer opportunities effective immediately.
Galasso has indicated he plans to complete the fall semester academically at UNC before transferring for the spring semester to another NCAA Division I lacrosse program.
"Obviously, it's disappointing to have a young man like Nicky leave our program. We appreciate all that he has brought to Carolina lacrosse over the past two years and we wish him the best of luck both academically and athletically at his new school. Nicky leaves here in great academic standing and we're proud of the way he achieved in the classroom at UNC," said Breschi.
Naturally, Syracuse Orange fans immediately started wondering...why can't us?
Well, there have been rumblings that SU is a target school for him. And then there was this...
SU coach John Desko apologized for being tad late for media opp before practice today, said he was dealing with a transfer situation, hmmmmm— Syracuse Lacrosse (@PSLacrosse) October 10, 2012
When asked, Desko said, "he was not at liberty (yet) to discuss individual that may be considering transferring to Syracuse lax team." So there you go.
So what's the big deal about Galasso? I'll let College Crosse explain:
Galasso only scratched the surface of his ability while in Chapel Hill, earning ACC Freshman of the Year honors and a thrid-team All-America nod in his first season with the Tar Heels in 2011, putting together 56 points on 24 goals and 32 assists. The attack only saw spot duty in 2012 while recovering from a nasty flat tire that curbed his ability to perform.
Galasso spoke with LaxMagazine.com Tuesday and filled them in on what he's looking for:
"I have to thank North Carolina for the opportunity to attend such a prestigious school. It's one of those high-end programs that you dream of going to, but I just want to experience a college closer to home so my family can get down to more events and watch me perform. Hopefully the next place I attend, I get the opportunity to step on the field and make an impact right away."
"Hofstra is a great program, but I think it might be too close to home," he said. "I'm thinking maybe elsewhere, try to get a little bit away and still have that college experience."
So, he wants a place close to home (Long Island) but not TOO close to home (Long Island) so that his family can come see him play more often and where he can make an impact.
Uh, we'll be expecting your call, Nick.