John Galloway, Joel White Announce Retirement Sunday


John Galloway and Joel White have followed one another in every step of their lacrosse careers — from Syracuse to the Rattlers franchise and now to the Premier Lacrosse League’s Chrome LC.

Now, two of lacrosse’s most talented — and inseparable — players will end their careers the same way they began them. Galloway and White announced Sunday on Instagram that they will retire from professional lacrosse after the 2021 season. Chrome LC will fight for their playoff lives next weekend in Albany, with a game against Cannons LC representing the last-ditch effort for both clubs to claim the final playoff spot.

The 2021 PLL season will cap two illustrious careers that began in the state of New York. White starred at Cortland High School, while Galloway manned the cage at West Genesee before both headed to Syracuse in 2008 for their freshman seasons.

In four seasons with the Orange, Galloway and White both finished with multiple All-American honors en route to two NCAA championships (2008, 2009). White left Syracuse as the career leader in ground balls, while Galloway finished his career as the NCAA and Syracuse’s all-time leader in wins (59) and minutes played by a goalie (3,776).

Both players began their professional lacrosse careers with the Rochester Rattlers of Major League Lacrosse. In eight seasons, Galloway took home Goalie of the Year honors twice (2014, 2016) and White won Defensive Player of the Year in 2016. The Rattlers advanced to the MLL championship game in consecutive seasons (2014, 2015) under Galloway and White’s leadership.

The two pro lacrosse stars took the next step in their careers together when they made the cut for the 2018 U.S. men’s national team. Galloway had played in the 2014 world championship, and White in the 2008 U19 and 2015 indoor world championship, but they made the trip to Netanya, Israel, together. Both played a critical role in the last-second gold-medal victory over Canada on July 21, 2018.

The following summer, Galloway and White made the leap to the newly founded Premier Lacrosse League for its inaugural season. It came as no coincidence that the best friends were paired together to play for Chrome LC. And although White did not play during the 2020 Championship Series, the duo have been Chrome staples since the inception of the league.

The 2020 season, which White sat out due to work commitments, was the first season in a number of years that either played without the other in field lacrosse (White competed in the NLL for parts of eight seasons).

Two of the most successful lacrosse players in recent memory rarely suited up without the other. Today, they’ll move on to the next chapter the only way they know how — together.

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