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John Desko and the Syracuse Orange landed a momentum shifting commitment in the class of 2022 on Tuesday night, as Mount Sinai, N.Y., attackman Joey Spallina announced that he would be taking his talents upstate.
Ranked as the No. 1 player in the class by Inside Lacrosse, Spallina named a top five that also included Loyola, Maryland, North Carolina, and Virginia on Monday in an article by IL. He made his announcement via Instagram Live on Lax Sports Network.
The son of Stony Brook Women’s head coach and New York Lizards GM Joe Spallina, the attackman has lacrosse in his veins and has had all the hype around him for a number of years already. Spallina started playing varsity lacrosse as an eight grader and has tallied 215 points (104G/111A) during his first two seasons of play.
As a freshman, Spallina helped lead the Mustangs to a 17-1 record. He did not play as a sophomore due to the NYPHSAA cancelling all spring sports following the Coronavirus outbreak.
The Long Island native is the sixth commitment and second attackman in the class for the Orange, joining Carthage, N.Y., midfielder Carter Kempney, New Hampton, N.H., goalie Jimmy McCool, St. Anthony’s, N.Y., attackman Michael Leo, St. John’s College, DC., midfielder Vincent Trujillo, and Austin, Texas, midfielder Zach Mercado.
At Syracuse, Spallina has all the potential in the world to come in and take over as a freshman and potentially follow in the footsteps of some of the greatest attackman in Orange lacrosse history, such as Mikey and Casey Powell. Spallina will be able to rock the famed No. 22 for the Orange.