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The University of South Florida: The Crimson Tide Rolls Into Tampa

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Written by MCLA Fan

On Saturday night, the University of Alabama Crimson Tide rolled into Tampa to take on the 5-3 University of South Florida Bulls underneath the lights. The Bulls were coming off their first loss in the past five games to Southern Methodist University after a few unlucky goals were scored late to put the Mustangs ahead. The Bulls were looking to bounce back, picking up where they left off after a scrimmage win over the University of Tampa Spartans coming back from spring break.

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.

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Photo Courtesy: Bill Pesci Sr. & Image Copyright Daniel Fennell All Rights Reserved.

In the beginning of the first half, the Bulls didn’t get off to the start that they wanted, and quickly fell behind by three goals. Battle tested throughout the season though with plenty of time left, the Bulls would score the next six of eight, to take a seven to six lead into the half. Coming out of the half, the Bulls exploded with six goals, with help from the faceoff men, while only giving up two goals on the other side of the field. They never looked back. The fourth quarter would prove that the Bulls could possess the ball, and closed out the game on top with a score of 16-11.

Alabama Game Key Players: Joey Galuppi (6 Gs, 2 As, 6 GBs), Zak Heinritz (3 Gs, 2 As, 2 GBs), Patrick Lefanto (3 As, 4 GBs), Grant Wallenfelsz (11-14 FOs, 1 G, 1 A, 2 GBs), ), Steve Brannen (1 A, 4 GBs), Erik Elderdice (1 G, 1 GB), Ryan Fennell (7-8 FOs, 1 G, 2 GBs), Nathan Granger (1G), Dillion Harrington (1 G, 9 GBs), Andy Schilling (1 G, 1 GB), Nick Short (1 G), Justin Davis (1 GB), Ryan Dwyer (3 GBs), Tyler Huntsinger (1 GB), Kory Johnson (1 GB), Steve Katz (1 GB), Rohan Korpal (2 GBs), Michael Sweeney (4 GBs), & Anthony Lefanto (14 Ss, 11 GA, 56%).

For more photos, continue to the University of South Florida Bull’s Lacrosse Facebook page.

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