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Awards (Athletic): 2011 USILA First Team All-American... 2011 USILA North/South All-Star Game Participant... 2011 BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year... 2011 All-BIG EAST First Team... 2011 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Winner... 2011 PhillySIDA/Philadelphia Inquirer Performer of the Year... 2011 Villanova Male Student-Athlete of the Year... 2011 Team MVP... 2011 All-BIG EAST Preseason Team... Named to the 2011 Tewaaraton Trophy Watch List... BIG EAST Honor Roll (March 14th, 2011)... 2010 USILA Honorable Mention All-American... 2010 BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year... 2010 First Team All-BIG EAST... 2010 PhillyCollegeSports.com Division I Team... Named to the 2010 Tewaaraton Trophy Watch List... 2010 Inside Lacrosse Preseason Honorable Mention All-American... BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week (March 29th, 2010)... BIG EAST Honor Roll (March 8th, 2010)... 2010 Team MVP... 2009 USILA Honorable Mention All-American... 2009 CAA Defensive Player of the Year... 2009 First Team All-CAA... 2009 CAA All-Tournament Team... 2009 Team MVP.
Awards (Academic): 2011 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Winner... 2011 Men's At-Large Capital One Academic All-America® First Team... 2011 USILA Scholar All-American... 2011 Capital One Academic All-District II At-Large First Team... 2011 Villanova Male Student-Athlete of the Year... 2011 Philadelphia Inquirer Men's Lacrosse Academic All-Area Performer of the Year... 2011 Winner of the B. Joseph Tofani Award, presented to the graduating Villanova Men's Lacrosse senior with the highest grade point average... Named 2010-11 American Eagle Outfitters BIG EAST Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year... 2010 BIG EAST Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence Award Winner... 2010 Philadelphia Inquirer Men's Lacrosse Academic All-Area Performer of the Year... 2009 CAA Scholar-Athlete of the Year... 2008 CAA Commissioner's Academic Award winner... Interdisciplinary Honors Program... Phi Kappa Phi and Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society member... Member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars... Dean's List.
Career: Most decorated Villanova Men's Lacrosse player of all-time... Is Villanova Men's Lacrosse first three-time All-American; Villanova's first USILA First Team All-American; Villanova's first Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Winner... Currently playing professionally with the Long Island Lizards of Major League Lacrosse... Appeared in all 63 games of his four-year career... Tallied 213 ground balls, 153 caused turnovers and two assists... NCAA and Villanova's all-time leader with 153 caused turnovers... Ninth all-time at Villanova with 213 ground balls... Graduates Villanova with a 3.94 cumulative GPA and degree in Honors and Philosophy from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
2011: Named a 2011 Team Captain... Drafted as the 35th overall selection in the 2011 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft by the Long Island Lizards... Appeared in all 16 contests as a long-stick midfielder for Villanova... Recorded 74 ground balls and 70 caused turnovers for the season... Led the NCAA in caused turnovers per game for the second consecutive year, averaging 4.38 takeaways per game... Averaged 4.63 ground balls per game... Led the team in ground balls and caused turnovers... Tallied a career-high eight caused turnovers and eight ground balls vs. Princeton (Mar. 15). BIG EAST: Appeared in all six conference games... Captured 28 ground balls and 25 caused turnovers in BIG EAST action... Tallied one assist vs. Syracuse (Mar. 26).
2010: Named a 2010 Team Captain... Appeared in all 15 contests as a long-stick midfielder for Villanova... Tallied an assist vs. Notre Dame (Apr. 3)... Recorded 55 ground balls and 55 caused turnovers for the season... Led the NCAA in caused turnovers per game, averaging 3.47 per contest... Averaged 3.47 ground balls per game... Led VU in caused turnovers for the season with 55... Second on the team with 55 ground balls... Recorded 14 games picking up at least one ground ball... Recorded 13 games causing at least one turnover... Tallied a career-high eight caused turnovers and six ground balls vs. Drexel (Mar. 24). BIG EAST: Appeared in all six conference games... Captured 24 ground balls and 27 caused turnovers in BIG EAST action... Tallied one assist vs. Notre Dame.
2009: Appeared in all 17 games as a long-stick midfielder for the Wildcats... Picked up team-high 68 ground balls... Led the team with 25 caused turnovers... Averaged four ground balls per game and 1.47 caused turnovers per game...Recorded three games picking up seven ground balls vs. Binghamton (Mar. 4), Robert Morris (Apr. 18) and Hofstra (Apr. 25)... Recorded 15 games picking up at least one ground ball... Tallied three games causing four turnovers vs. Lehigh (Mar. 14), Towson (May 2) and Virginia (May 10). CAA: Played in all six conference matches... Captured 25 ground balls, five caused turnovers and took one shot on goal in CAA action.
2008: Saw action in all 15 games as a freshman... Captured 16 ground balls and caused three turnovers for the season... Picked up a season-high four ground balls vs. Syracuse (Feb. 17)... Grabbed two ground balls and two caused turnovers vs. Robert Morris (Apr. 12).
Jamesville-Dewitt:Two-time captain... Led team to the State Championship finals in 2005 and 2007; captured the title in 2007... Named the 2007 State Final Defensive MVP... Bobby Gilson Award recipient... Team won the League Championships from 2005-07... Earned All-League First Team honors in 2005, 2006, and 2007... Three-time groundball leader... Collected 289 career groundballs... 2007 All-CNY First Team, 2006 All-CNY Second Team, 2005 All-CNY Third Team selection... Participated in high school's ice hockey and soccer programs... 2007 captain in ice hockey... Earned All-League First Team, Most Valuable Player, and Coach's Award honors.
Personal: Born September 23, 1989... Son of George and Deborah Karalunas... Youngest of three children... Has a sister, Sarah (29), and a brother, Evan (25)... Chose Villanova for its strong academic and athletic reputations... Enrolled as a Honors and Philosophy major in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.