Nicky Galasso’s transfer to Syracuse from North Carolina created a buzz during the recent college lacrosse offseason with many eagerly awaiting to see the former West Islip standout play for the Orange.
But the injury bug has again stung Galasso, who will miss the upcoming season with a lower-leg injury.
On Tuesday, Inside Lacrosse reported that a Syracuse University spokesman confirmed Galasso suffered a “lower body injury” in practice last week that will require surgery.
The lacrosse magazine said the West Islip High School graduate suffered a broken bone in his foot. It is believed the foot injured is not the same foot that Galasso hurt during the 2012 season at North Carolina. That injury limited his play for the Tar Heels to man-up situations.
“I think it’s tough on Nick and his family, and the staff, too,” Syracuse head coach John Desko told the Syracuse Post-Standard. “We were excited to see what he could do out there.”
Galasso created a stir in October when he announced he would transfer from North Carolina after two seasons, and eventually chose Syracuse, long a collegiate lacrosse powerhouse at the Division I level.
A 2010 West Islip High School graduate, Galasso was the nation’s top high school lacrosse recruit that same year and finished his Lions career with 258 goals and 242 assists and four New York State Class A championships. In addition, his 500 career points are the most for any Long Island high school lacrosse player.