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NEW: Legendary Syracuse Goaltender to Coach PC Lacrosse

Monday, July 02, 2012

 

Duke assistant and Syracuse legend John Galloway is heading to Providence College to join new head coach Chris Gabrielli, according to sources.

Galloway, 23, spent one season as a volunteer assistant coach at Duke after a storied career as a goaltender at Syracuse. He was a two-time All-American for the Orange, and won the Ensign C. Markland Kelly Jr. Award as the nation's top goalkeeper in 2011.

Galloway served as a volunteer coach at Duke last season.

Galloway led Syracuse to back-to-back national titles as a freshman and sophomore in 2008-09, and became just the second goalkeeper in NCAA history to be named a finalist for the Tewaaraton Trophy, which is given to the nation's best player.

He also recorded an NCAA record 59 victories and played an NCAA record 3,776 minutes in his four seasons. He ranks seventh all-time in goals against average (7.33).

Galloway will assist new PC head coach Chris Gabrielli, who was hired June 21.

Both men helped lead Duke to an ACC championship and a sixth consecutive Final Four this season. The Blue Devils have been one of the stingiest defensive teams in the nation over the past six seasons, when Gabrielli joined the staff.

Galloway's presence on the sidelines should help a Friars squad that gave up 10.5 goals per game last season. It wasn't goaltender Christian Dzwilewski's fault, as he led the Big East with 12.8 saves per game. He finished second in the conference with a .593 saves percentage.

Providence's real problem last season was its offense. The Friars finished last in the Big East in goals per game (6.5), assists per game (3.7), shots per game (22.3) and shots on goal per game (14.2). PC also finished last in groundballs per game (22.7).

Chris Gabrielli replaced former PC head coach Chris Burdick, who had been at the school for 14 seasons. The Friars finished last season at 2-12, and have won just five games in the past three seasons. The Friars did finish last year on a high note, shocking Villanova, 15-11, in the season finale.

Gabrielli was the recruiting coordinator at Duke and is expected to bring a toughness and defensive-minded attitude to the Friars. Galloway's hire could be instrumental in keeping the last line of defense--the goaltenders--in tune with this approach.

 

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