ROCHESTER, NY (August 9, 2017): The Rochester Rattlers clinched the fourth playoff spot with their 14-13 win over the Ohio Machine Saturday night. The Rattlers will travel to Denver to face the Outlaws in the first round of the playoffs Saturday at 4:30 p.m.
The team’s late offensive surge is what has propelled them into the playoffs. However, this could not be done without a stellar defensive unit led by goalie
Galloway has played seven seasons in the MLL all with the Rochester Rattlers. He has 1,232 career saves and is on pace to break his single season save record. So far this year, Galloway has only let in 11.57 goals per game, his second lowest average throughout his career. This year Galloway has only let in three two-point shots, the lowest in one season over his seven-year career.
With that being said, the Syracuse alumnus has evolved as a fan favorite and a big leader on and off the field for the Rattlers. However, leading the team is a group effort and John Galloway is willing to whatever it takes to help this team win a championship.
“I love being a leader of this team, but I also learn from our other leaders. Sometimes, I get too frustrated and our other leaders calm me down,” Galloway said. “I am just proud to be with this group and would do whatever I could in my power to help us win a championship, that is my only concern right now.”
The veteran goalie says the team is feeling good down the final stretch of the season but certainly does not want to get complacent.
“The team is feeling great. We have found a way to turn this thing around,” Galloway said. “Our focus has been one game at a time, and this game is our only focus right now.”
Galloway says the team’s success hasn’t been anything magical but instead a team effort from top to bottom.
“It starts at the X with Drew and our wings winning the GB Battle. Offensively, we hit singles and enjoy success by sharing,” Galloway said. “Defesnively, Jordan Stevens has emerged as Mike’s replacement as our enforcer with Johnny and Dunn.”
Galloway has high praise for two of his teammates specifically.
“Joel White continues to prove to be the most valuable player in the league,” Galloway said. “Ryan McNamara is the best kept secret in the MLL as well.”
The fantastic play by the team’s younger players has continued and has certainly not gone unnoticed by the team’s veteran goalie.
“Our young guys are the reason we are here. Ryan McNamara may be our best offensive player. Conor Gately has served as the quarterback of the offensive,” JG said. “Guys like Fennell, Orban, Curran, and Moderski are stepping in when needed and we don’t skip a beat. It is a group that will continue to lead for the Ratz for years to come.”
Galloway says that his recent head coaching job with Jacksonville University has led to a busy season. However, he is aware that he is not the only Rattler in this position.
“This season has certainly been a whirlwind with my job, but that is true for everyone. The NLL guys have to battle two seasons. Ranagan is big time NYC guy, yet he shows up ready to roll every Friday night,” Galloways said. “Dunn misses more practices than I care to admit but we love him and his movie insights. Boltus wakes up every morning and serves his military duties, and led our team in scoring for majority of the season.”
Galloway says it is inspiring to be around those guys who make his job look easy.
Jordan Wolf’s goal with less than two minutes in regulation Saturday night has propelled Galloway and the Rattlers to the franchise’s eighth playoff appearance.