It seems like an eternity for University of North Carolina transfer, Nicky Galasso, but he is finally healthy and ready to showcase what he is capable of in a Syracuse jersey.
"It feels great," Galasso said, "coming out here every day and practicing and getting ready for the Spring season. It's been tough this past year not being able to play and watching them play throughout the season, but I'm happy I'm back and excited to get started with these guys."
Galasso has had the misfortune of breaking both of his feet, his left one while he was at North Carolina and then his right when he came to Syracuse. Same exact injury and surgery.
Despite missing last season and watching the team make it all the way to the National Championship game against Duke, he is thankful just to be back out on the field with his teammates.
"We are all bonding very well," he said. "The attack group is coming together real well. We know where we are at all times and doing really well with our dodging, feeding. We are all getting used to each other, that's the biggest thing."
On paper, Syracuse has tremendous depth at all positions, especially at attack - where Galasso primarily plays.
"I'm just coming in everyday and practicing and playing to the best of my ability," Galasso said. "I'm communicating with the coaches and getting comfortable with everybody on the field and hopefully things will come. It's just one day at a time. We have such a great team here. I'm just competing for that spot. That's what you do everyday in practice, come out here and compete, that's all you can do."
Coming out of high school, Galasso was the No. 1 recruit in the class of 2010 by Inside Lacrosse. Before coming to Syracuse, Galasso spent two years at North Carolina and contributed heavily his freshman year, starting all 16 games, notching 24 goals and dishing out 32 assists before injuring his foot.
While the attackman doesn't give a specific reason as to why he decided to trek up North from North Carolina to play for the Orange, Galasso mentions that there was mutual interest from both parties dating back to his high school years.
"I was recruited out of high school to come play for (Syracuse)," he said, "and wanted to play for a top program. Syracuse stood out to me and I just wanted to contend for a national championship. This is probably one of the best fits for me."
Despite missing out on last year's magical championship run, Galasso knows it can be in the cards for this squad if they pay attention to the details at practice and absorb everything that the coaches are saying.
"Right now, we just have to take one step at a time."
Galasso finally healthy, ready to go
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