PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Three BIG EAST athletes, representing three different schools were named to the men’s 2011 Capital One Academic All-America University Division teams as announced Tuesday. Senior Brian Karalunas of the Villanova men’s lacrosse team earned a first team nod, while seniors John Galloway and Tyler Davis of the Syracuse men’s lacrosse and the Notre Dame men’s tennis teams, respectively, picked up second team accolades.
Karalunas, the 2011 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award winner in men’s lacrosse, maintained a 3.94 grade point average and was named to the Dean's List every semester. He was named the 2010-11 American Eagle Outfitters BIG EAST Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Among his many academic honors, Karalunas is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. Karalunas finishes his career as the most decorated men's lacrosse student-athlete in program history. He is Villanova's first three-time USILA All-American and the first men's lacrosse player to be named a first team All-America selection. Additionally, the back-to-back BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year was named a First Team All-BIG EAST honoree twice and was the 2009 CAA Defensive Player of the Year, while earning First Team All-CAA accolades during his sophomore season. During his four years with the team, Karalunas led the Wildcats to their first two NCAA postseason appearances in program history during the 2009 and 2011 seasons and helped Villanova reach its highest ranking at No. 7 in the USILA Coaches poll in 2011.
Gallowayis the first two-time men’s lacrosse Academic All-American in Syracuse’s history. Off the field, Galloway earned his degree in public relations from the S.I. Newhouse School of Communications with a 3.56 GPA. A seven-time member of the SU Athletic Director’s Honor Roll (min. 3.0 GPA), Galloway was a finalist for the 2011 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award presented to the nation’s most outstanding student-athlete. In addition, he was Syracuse University’s male recipient of the 2010-11 American Eagle Outfitters BIG EAST Scholar-Athlete Award.
Galloway recorded 147 saves, a.572 save percentage and broke his own school record with a 6.70 goals-against average in 2011. He was rewarded by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) with the Ensign C. Markland Kelly Jr. Award as the nation’s best goalie for the second consecutive season. He’s also the two-time reigning BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year. Galloway ends his career as the NCAA record-holder for wins (59) and minutes played (3,776) after helping the Orange to a 60-8 record during his four seasons and two NCAA titles (2008, 2009).
Davis recorded a 3.90 GPA, majoring in science and business at Notre Dame. He posted a 17-4 record in singles action this season and went 20-14 in doubles play. He helped the Irish to an 18-12 mark and back-to-back BIG EAST Championship runner-up honors. He was Notre Dame’s male recipient of the 2010-11 American Eagle Outfitters BIG EAST Scholar-Athlete Award. Davis was also named to the 2009-10 BIG EAST All-Academic Team and was the 2009-10 BIG EAST Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence Award winner for men’s tennis.
The Capital One All-America program is administered by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). To be eligible student-athletes must be a starter or key reserve, achieve sophomore standing at their current school, maintain a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.3 and be nominated by his/her sports information director.
Participants in fencing, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming, tennis, volleyball, water polo and wrestling are eligible for the men’s at-large program.