Former West Islip star Nicky Galasso transferring to Syracuse

Nicky Galasso was the nation's No. 1-ranked high

Nicky Galasso was the nation's No. 1-ranked high school lacrosse player when he left West Islip in 2010. (Credit: Joe Rogate, 2010)

It may have been flattering to get all this attention the second time around, but former West Islip lacrosse star Nicky Galasso decided it was all a bit overwhelming.

So Galasso, who announced last week that he was transferring from North Carolina, told Newsday Thursday that he made a verbal commitment to Syracuse coach John Desko yesterday afternoon, ending what was turning into an intense recruiting project.

"It's definitely a weight off my shoulders," said Galasso, who visited the Syracuse campus with his father Thursday. "When we were getting ready to leave, Coach Desko asked me if there was anything else we should talk about. Right then I told him I wanted to make my verbal commitment.

"I liked the school and the coaching staff. It's Syracuse," Galasso said of the 11-time NCAA champion. "It's one of the top programs in the history of college lacrosse. The atmosphere is awesome and it's a place where I can fit in."

Galasso, who said he visited Fairfield on Wednesday, said he and his father had been fielding many calls from schools interested in recruiting him and he wanted to end the process. "Now I can settle down at Chapel Hill and finish up strong academically," he said.

A Syracuse athletic department spokesman said the university is not permitted to confirm verbal commitments. Galasso said he will enroll at Syracuse for the spring semester and expects to be eligible for the 2013 lacrosse season, assuming he meets the Syracuse admission requirements and gets his credits transferred from UNC.

"I haven't played with these guys yet, so I don't know where I'll play," said Galasso, an attack at West Islip who is Long Island's all-time leading scorer with 500 points. "I have to go in there and play well. Most likely it will be on attack, but maybe some midfield. There are no guarantees."

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