Editor’s Note: Please welcome Joey Galuppi to MCLA Fan and the LaxAllStars Network. Joey attends the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida. He is an Education major, which he plans to use to get his foot in the door as a lacrosse coach at the high school/college level one day.
Joey plays attack for the South Florida Bulls and proudly wears the number 23. He has played lacrosse for 8 years, and looks to continue to Grow The Game. He has coached for MADLAX-Florida, and looks to continue with them in the near future. He is also a proud alumni of the Barron Collier High School, in Naples, Florida where he played his high school ball.
Go Cougars! Go Bulls! Check out all of Joey’s contributions here.
Over the weekend Head Coach Jeff Shimmel & the University of South Florida Bulls traveled up to Louisiana to take on the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Ragin Cajuns and the Louisiana State University Tigers, after their home opener loss to Auburn Tigers the previous weekend.
That Saturday the Bulls met the Ragin Cajuns at St. Thomas Moore High School, and with a good week of practices and a longer than usual warm up, it gave the Bulls the extra needed edge that they needed after Auburn. After the first half the Bulls controlled the tempo with a 6-2 half time lead with some missed opportunities, but never looked back putting up another ten goals while only giving up three in the second half. The final score was the University of South Florida Bulls 16, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Ragin Cajuns 5.
ULL Game Key Players: Zak Heinritz (1 G, 6 As, 1 GB), Joey Galuppi (5 Gs, 2 As, 3 GBs), Grant Wallenfelsz (6-8 FOs, 5 Gs, 3 GBs), Erik Elderdice (2 Gs, 2 As, 1 GB), Patrick Lefanto (2 As, 3 GBs), Micheal Alvarez (1 G), Steve Brannen (5-7 FOs, 1 G, 1 GB), Nathan Granger (1 A, 3 GBs), Dillion Harrington (1 G, 5 GBs), Ryan Dwyer (1 GB), Kyle Franco (1 GB), Tyler Huntsinger (2 GBs), Kory Johnson (4 GBs), Steve Katz (1 GB), Daniel Lovisek (1 GB), Andy Schilling (1 GB), Patrick Shiel (4-4 FOs, 2 GBs), Nick Short (4-7 FOs, 1 GB), Michael Sweeney (1 GB), Phil Vento (1 GB), Trent Abel (6 Ss, 2 GAs, 75%), Anthony Lefanto (2 Ss, 1 GA, 66.7%), & Nick Shea (2 Ss, 2 GAs, 50%).
The day after, the Bulls Traveled to Louisiana State University to take on the Tigers in Baton Rouge. This game would prove to be no different, and the Bulls would explode in the first half with ten goals on twenty-two shots, with spectacular goaltending and defense on the other end of the field, going into half time with an eight goal lead, 10-2. Coming into the second half the Bulls picked up right where they left off, and quickly buried a few goals to distance themselves even more before possessing the ball the majority of the rest of the game. The final score was the University of South Florida Bulls 15, Louisiana State University Tigers 6.
LSU Game Key Players: Zak Heinritz (3 Gs, 4 As, 1 GB), Joey Galuppi (5 Gs, 1 GB), Patrick Lefanto (2 Gs, 1 A), Grant Wallenfelsz (4-12 FOs, 2 Gs, 2 GBs), Erik Elderdice (1 G, 1 GB), Daniel Lovisek (1 G), Andy Schilling (1 A, 1 GB), Patrick Shiel (1-2 FOs, 1 G), Phil Vento (1 A), Steve Brannen (1-5 FOs, 1 GB), Ryan Dwyer (3 GBs), Dillion Harrington (2 GBs), Tyler Huntsinger (1 GB), Kory Johnson (2 GBs), & Anthony Lefanto (3 GBs, 17 Ss, 6 GA, 73.9%).